Cholesterol-Reducing Diet Also Reduces Blood Pressure, Study Finds

Posted: Nov 7 2015, 11:19pm CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Cholesterol-Reducing Diet Also Reduces Blood Pressure: Study
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It is called the portfolio diet and besides decreasing cholesterol it also lowers hypertension.

It was originally meant to reduce cholesterol. But among its side effects, one is the lowering of blood pressure. The portfolio diet is the perfect way to lessen your blood cholesterol levels and reduce hypertension.

A second analysis of the diet revealed its effects on hypertension. A new study shows that the portfolio diet lowered blood pressure by 2% which is of significance. The study is published in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease.

Among the foods recommended on the portfolio diet may be included: all sorts of nuts, soy protein, sterols (leafy green vegetables and vegetable oils) and viscous fiber (oats, barley and eggplant). Another diet that recommends fruits, vegetables and whole grains is the by-now famous DASH diet.

"This is a very important secondary finding to the original study, adding to the literature connecting diet with health," said Dr. David Jenkins, the study's lead author, director of the Risk Factor Modification Centre at St. Michael's and professor of nutritional sciences and medicine at the University of Toronto.

"It fills in yet another area we often worry about. We can now say the dietary portfolio is ideal for reducing overall risk of cardiovascular disease."

Dietary factors it appears have a very close link with health. After all, you are what you eat. As our nutritional knowledge expands with the changing times we realize that these diets (portfolio and DASH) are ideal for lowering risks of CV disease.

When the two diets are combined the lowering of blood pressure is salubrious indeed. Meat, dairy products and snacks have to be eliminated or at least reduced in one’s daily rations.

Usually blood cholesterol and blood pressure are cured via drugs. That is the way these two ailments have been ameliorated throughout history. But now these diets have come up and they aim to reduce the symptoms via a nutritional regimen.

The trick lies in eating plant-based foods. To eat mostly plants, not too much and not too little but just in moderation is the name of the game. The components of the diet are such that they combine to transform the body’s vital signs and chief functions. One of these is blood pressure and the other is blood cholesterol.

Hypertension depends partially on the mental state of the individual. The more stress or tension one takes in life, the greater the blood pressure. It is not just salt or a rich diet that influences hypertension.

Such things as suppressed rage and learned helplessness that one finally cannot take anymore also play their role in the disease. As for high cholesterol levels, they are chiefly caused by a diet loaded with meat and fat.

The Asian diet which consist of lentils and vegetables not to mention fish, herbs and spices is ideal for reducing your lipid profile and hypertension. China and India are the nations which have some of the healthiest diets in the world. Besides these, the Mediterranean diet is also a very healthy regimen.

"Dietary approaches have been found to be as effective as the starting dose of the average single blood pressure medication," said Dr. Jenkins. "Overall, research has shown that plant-based diets emphasizing foods higher in protein, oil and fiber reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke."

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