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Ways To Lower High Blood Pressure Naturally Include Eating Kiwifruit

February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 159

A small but promising study has found that eating kiwifruit might be one of the ways to lower high blood pressure naturally. That tiny package is loaded with lots of nutrition and is especially rich in the antioxidant lutein.

Cardiologists caution that there's no magic food that is good for the heart, but that kiwi might have earned it's place in the 5 servings a day of fruit and veggies that are recommended by experts for a healthy diet.

We know that blood pressure rises and falls naturally during the day, but if it stays up, over time, that's when your doctor will diagnose high blood pressure (also known as hypertension). The reason this is dangerous is that it keeps your heart working harder than it should, and the force of the blood flow can hurt arteries and even the heart muscle itself as well as the kidneys, brain and eyes.

Hypertension has no symptoms or warning signs... the first time you hear about it will likely be in your doctor's office during a physical exam. Once blood pressure is in the high range it will stay there, unless you take steps to manage it.

Doctors will tell you that what you eat most definitely impacts your chances of having hypertension, and that studies have shown following the DASH eating plan, and eating less salt, can be tremendously helpful.

The study on kiwi and high blood pressure included 118 men and women (average age was 55) who were told to have three kiwi fruit or a single apple each day for an eight week period.

When the research started, the subjects had blood pressure readings in the slightly high range of 128/85 and changed nothing in the way they ate except adding the fruit. The researchers kept track of blood pressure using continuous 24 hour monitoring, a more precise measurement than taking a single reading.

The three kiwi fruit a day group improved their readings more than those who had an apple every day.

While these findings might put kiwi on the map, the fruit isn't always the easiest to find. Also, the levels used in the study, 21 kiwi fruit a week, is hardly considered moderate intake. Experts caution against popping lutein as a supplement as this nutrient hasn't been proven to do anything, and is only part of another food. To be most effective, it may well need to be eaten in its natural state.

About 1 in 3 U.S. adults has hypertension today, so it's important to know your own numbers, even if you feel just fine. Today, normal blood pressure is considered to be less than 120 (systolic, when the heart beats) and less than 80 (diastolic, when the heart is at rest).

The good news is that there are ways to lower high blood pressure naturally, keep it from doing unseen damage to your body - live a healthy lifestyle, continue your medical care and stick with your treatment plan. No one is, even after this research, suggesting you start eating kiwifruit and stop taking any blood pressure medication your doctor has prescribed for you. If you are under treatment, and have repeat readings in the normal range, your hypertension is considered to be under control - what you're doing with diet, exercise and treatment is working.

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