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Research Explains Blood Pressure Benefits Of Vegetables

October 26, 2009 by  

Research explains blood pressure benefits of vegetables It is widely known that consumption of vegetables has numerous health benefits, and a new study has found a link that may explain why they also appear to contribute to lower blood pressure.

Scientists from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago have discovered that a specific amino acid called glutamic acid may be responsible for this effect. They have suggested that increasing its intake may therefore contribute to better cardiovascular health.

The research team reviewed data from the International Study on Macro/Micronutrients and Blood Pressure involving 4,680 participants aged between 40-59 and living in rural and urban areas of China, Japan, the U.S. and the UK.

Their results suggested that boosting the consumption of protein-rich vegetables by 4.72 percent resulted in a 1.5 to 3 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) decrease in systolic blood pressure and a 1 to 1.6 mm Hg reduction in diastolic pressure.

Dr. Jeremiah Stamler, professor emeritus of the Department of Preventive Medicine in the Feinberg School, explains that scientists believe reducing average systolic blood pressure by 2 mm Hg could lower stroke death rates by 6 percent and reduce mortality from coronary heart disease by 4 percent.

For people suffering from high blood pressure there is also a range of nutritional supplements they can add to their diet to boost their cardiovascular health.


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  • http://AmericaTakenDown&ChinaOnTheRise RoseC

    Check out the information about Obama and the relationship between the Obama administration and even the Bush administration between Monsanto who according to many articles, allegedly intends to control the seeds that farmers use in the future and control the farms, farmers, and the crops in the near future as part of the global plan. This is not to mention the chemicals and oil that corporate America has dumped into the water and soil that created “garbage island” that is killing the fish and making people ill. These giant corporations are selling their products in plastic containers that are dumped into the ocean and don’t dissolve. The government is in bed with corporate American and they are the ones destroying the planet, not the average citizen who they are blaming and punishing and want to reduce the population so there is more for them and theirs. It is giant corporate America and the pharmaceutical companies who are in bed with the government for big profits and are not interested in health because their proposed health care take over is about deciding who lives and who dies or free enterprise or choice, but about, power, control, greed and evil.

    • evelyn dalton

      who is the government? huh? Arent these people, we as a country elect to set laws and govern for our sake? Or are they somebodies that just decided to take over without our consent??? Why do we vote? Or just dont we care? It’s like, if I dont vote for them because I do not like them,…it doesnt matter. I didnt vote so it doesnt concern me….Well that is very silly, because it affects you even more. So if things are getting out of order as we want it…DO SOMTHING ABOUT IT!!!! vote while we still have a chance. FOR GOD’S SAKE WAKE UP AND TRY TO SAVE THIS COUNTRY……BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

  • http://Google Arthur j Fisher

    I am totaly against goverment run health care

  • http://none francoisefreeman

    I am canadian and I am also born in France. I can tell you, that yesterday I was in the hospital for my heart. They took me very quickly but I have to wait 4 hours to have a result. I could have died twenty times….In France, they are closing hospital, maternity and others to reduce the medical date which is totally out of control. Universal care is very very costly. I feel terrible to see where Obama policy is taking this country and still American do not want to see it or do not believe it. MF Freeman

  • http://none francoisefreeman

    already done

  • s c

    An apple a day may not keep an MD away, but it does keep you healthy. A prescription drug amounts to a ticking time bomb, and yet our ‘scientists’ at the AMA/FDA/drug firms expect us to believe that drugs are the answer to everything.
    It is beyond amazing to realize that American MDs are taught that natural, healthy things are not to be trusted. And somehow, people try to put an MD on a pedestal.
    People, read and learn. Things that keep you healthy can be trusted. Things that are addictive or keep you ill can’t be trusted. Long ago, the Chinese knew enough to pay doctors who kept their patients alive and healthy. Doctors who couldn’t do either weren’t paid. Why would anybody pay someone who doesn’t get results or care about their patients?

  • dusan

    By now it should be obvious to everybody that Obama wants to install Socializam in our country. He is serrounded by Marksists, Socialists and even Anarchists. He is already controling or just about to do so our banking, treasury, etc., education, health care, most of media, another word he wants an absolut control of the Goverment, such as his friends and idols: Chavez, Castro, Mao Tse Tung etc.. We can stop him if we work together by calling our representatives non stop, talking to friends, relatives, guests, to anybody who would listen, writting, e-mailing, discussing, and, yes, listening to Fox Chanel News, as often as possible, especialy Glenn, Hannity, O’Reilly and many others.

    • connie

      you very ignorant, republic party WORST

      • Veritas

        Connie, and you are obviously a product of “government” education with your misspellings, etc.; sadly, you are also very ignorant about what is happening at the hands of this Administration and its disasterous polices that are stripping Americans of their freedoms daily. Please do yourself (if you vote) a huge favor – educate yourself and vote more responsibly since obviously you supported this man, not for what he actually represents – which we’re seeing, again, daily, but for the razz-ma-tazz he performed to get where he’s “landed.”

      • John

        First of all there is no such thing as the “republic party”. Our country is a Representative Republic, so you are essentially saying that our country is the worst. Think before you speak! What is happening to our country is not a Republican/Democrat problem. What is happening is an American/Anti-American and a Freedom/Slavery issue. The extremists that have been elected into power in our beloved country are out to destroy it; they will never tell exactly what they want because there would be a revolution against the government. Instead they are slowly but surely taking over more and more of our country, nationalizing everything from home mortgages to student loans. Does anyone believe that the government can create or manage anything effectively and responsibly?

      • Maxine Herera

        Connie, obviously you voted for Obama. Please do yourself a favor stop watching CNN, ABC, and other liberal TV and radio stations. You are not getting accurate info. from these stations. Stop defending this administration, and pay attention to what’e going on

  • aw

    Americans no longer have freedom. We are under the rule of the nastiest, self-serving group, only out for themselves & their pockets. Why they’re succeeding at this is beyond me. Our fore-fathers would never have tolerated this garbage. The medical profession and the drug companies are full of it. Look at their side-effects. And, they all want to know where “you get your prescription filled”. Why, because of the enormous “kick-backs”? Do you still think we actually have a vote? I don’t. Electronics can be fixed! In a country where the government moves at a snail’s pace, do you really think they could have the votes all counted the same night. C’mon! Especially when equipment is broken and election day had to use paper voting methods, not to mention the mail-in votes. Wake up America. We’re serfs.

    • John

      Surf gave less of their productivity in exchange for protection then we do. The way I see it, the serfs had a better deal.


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