salt and high blood pressure

High Blood Pressure? Don’t Blame the Salt Shaker!

When it comes to lowering your blood pressure, all you hear is salt, salt, salt... But just as important as cutting sodium could be to increase your intake of potassium. A panel of research scientists at Johns Hopkins University analyzed data from more than 30 studies and reached the conclusion that potassium does indeed lower blood pressure. They even found that it worked nearly as well as … [Read more...]

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Tea Reduces Stress and Lowers Cortisol

Stressed out? Reach for a soothing cup of black tea. A recent study conducted by University College London researchers evaluated the effects of black tea on stress in the body. Tea Reduces Stress, Lowers Cortisol and Boosts Relaxation In the study, 75 regular tea drinkers were split into two groups. All study participants gave up their normal tea, coffee and caffeinated beverages. One group … [Read more...]

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A Drizzle of Olive Oil Reduces Blood Pressure

You’ve likely heard that the Mediterranean diet is good for your heart and your brain. Now new research indicates that the olive oil in the diet should get part of the credit. The reason? Olive oil helps to lower blood pressure - a key factor for heart disease! Golden Olive Oil Reduces Blood Pressure A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that 25 ml (4 teaspoons) of olive oil … [Read more...]

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Cocoa: A Sweet Way to Lower Blood Pressure

More good news for chocoholics: dark chocolate, a good source of powerful antioxidant polyphenols can help reduce blood pressure. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association included six men and seven women aged 55-64 with mildly high blood pressure. On average, the participants' systolic blood pressure (the top number) was 153 and diastolic blood pressure (the … [Read more...]

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