Friday, August 28, 2015

Lower Your Blood Pressure With Beet Juice

We have advocated exercise and meditation as ways to lower blood pressure without resorting to medications. A recent article in the Journal of Hypertension reported a study that piqued our interest. It seems that a daily cup of beet juice lowered systolic and diastolic pressures in patients with hypertension. Improvements in blood vessel function and arterial stiffness were also observed.

Researchers attributed the benefit to nitrates in beets that caused blood vessels to dilate. The blood pressure reduction was of clinical significance and came close to that of taking a single anti-hypertension drug. We are excited by this study. The implications are important and may be life saving for many with high blood pressure. In fact it might be necessary to create a new folk saying that goes "A cup of beet juice a day keeps the doctor away."

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Who Should Take The AREDS Vitamin Formulation?

The AREDS vitamin formulation was designed to reduce the possibility of developing macular degeneration. This formula was developed as the result of several large studies designed to determine whether supplying certain nutrients  would decrease the risk of developing macular degeneration in patients who had early signs of the disease.

It was found that the AREDS formulation was moderately effective in this select group of patients. It has no value as a general eye health vitamin in patients who are not at risk and should not be used for this purpose. There are other multi purpose vitamins that would serve you better.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Danger Of Added Sugar

The health scare of the week is of course about sugar. Drinking just one sugary soda a day increases the risk for type 2 diabetes by about 13% whether or not you are obese when you begin drinking the sodas. Researchers estimate that if Americans broke their daily sugary drink habit two million new cases of diabetes could be prevented over the next five years.

Health officials advise that daily calories from added sugar should not exceed 10% of your total caloric intake.Think of this. One 20 ounce soda contains about 66 grams of sugar. This  corresponds to 264 calories. If you are consuming 3,000 calories a day, for example, this one soda drink would represent 8.8% of your total caloric intake for the day.

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