Lower your blood pressure naturally with an egg a day
Posted Mar 28 2009 3:52pm
Although you may avoid eggs because of the popular notion that they will increase your cholesterol levels researchers have found that eggs may be a good natural remedy to lower blood pressure.
Eggs can produce proteins that have a similar effect to drugs that lower blood pressure although more research is needed to show this effect outside the laboratory. When the eggs come into contact with enzymes in the stomach they produce a protein that that stops narrowing of the blood vessels much the same way as ACE inhibitor drugs.
Other research has shown that the type of cholesterol contained in eggs is not a risk factor for heart disease.
There are many risk factors for heart disease including smoking, lack of exercise, overweight, stress, nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity and high blood pressure although heart attacks can occur in people without high blood pressure.
High blood pressure also known as hypertension is a major medical problem that affects millions of people in the Western world and is associated with the Western diet. It is a condition where the muscles in the walls of the arteries constrict and the heart has to pump harder to circulate the blood. This can result in an enlarged heart, stroke and early death. It is usually controlled with drugs although most cases can be controlled with diet and lifestyle changes and some natural health remedies.
There are a number of underlying factors involved in high blood pressure and while drugs will control the blood pressure they do nothing to correct the underlying causes.
Causes of high blood pressure and how to avoid them.
Stress causes the release of certain hormones that cause the walls of the arteries to contract increasing blood pressure. Try to avoid worry and long term stress. Take time for relaxation and steps to reduce unexpressed emotions. Yoga, meditation or Tai Chi can be beneficial.
A vegetarian diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains can lower high blood pressure. Some people are salt sensitive so reducing sodium in the diet will help.
Avoid sugar. It increases sodium retention, increases insulin and secretion of adrenaline which in turn constricts the artery walls.
The mineral magnesium is needed for the relaxation of the blood vessels so include foods such as green leafy vegetables, peas, nuts and cooked dried beans.
Increase fiber foods, garlic, celery, olive oil and low mercury oily fish or fish oils free from pollutants.
Increase potassium rich foods such as bananas, peaches, apricots, prunes, legumes, vegetable broths and fresh vegetable juices. See my previous post on beet juice.
Avoid excessive caffeine in coffee, tea and caffeinated drinks as it can increase blood pressure in some people.
Avoid smoking and alcohol. Even moderate amounts of alcohol can cause hypertension in some folk. Smoking
stimulates the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline that narrows the arteries.
Exercise keeps the circulatory system healthy. Regular exercise and weight loss are essential to treat high blood pressure. Try brisk walking, swimming or cycling.
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