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Numerous studies have recently surfaced, studying the relationship of pre-hypertension, high blood pressure and functional food. While healthy food would naturally seem…functional, scientists are studying specific foods that exert enhanced disease-fighting properties, beyond the basic healthy nutrition they supply.
Interesting results have been found investigating hypertension, premature hypertension and the following foods:
Arpita Basu, professor at Oklahoma Sate University (OSU), led a study conducted at OSU and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to discover blueberries beneficial effect for pre-hypertension prevention – where the pressure is increased slightly or raises occasionally but not consistently enough to be diagnosed hypertensive. After 8 weeks, of a daily dose of 2 cups of blended blueberries, the pre-hypertensive participants saw up to an 8 point drop in the systolic pressure.
Walnuts and Walnut Oil:
Researchers appearing in an article the in Journal of the American College of Nutrition designed a groundbreaking study, looking at the relationship of blood pressure, intentionally induced stressful situations and walnuts. Participants ingested 9 walnuts per day and found that including walnuts and walnut oil in the diet produced a lowering effect in both the resting and stress pressure responses.
Dr’s Figueroa and Arjmandi, from Florida State, are published in the American Journal of Hypertension, with a pilot study of evaluating pre-hypertensive’s and watermelon. Watermelon contains amino acids that have a vasodilating effect. L-citrulline, which when eaten, is processed by the body into L-arginine, and produces nitric oxide in the blood. Nitric oxide supports healthy blood pressure levels. For the nine participants in the six week experiment, six grams of amino acids L-citrulline/L-arginine, contained in the extract of watermelon, significantly reduces the level of pressures and according to Figueroa, watermelon is the richest edible source of L-citrulline.
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What Are Some Possible Sings That You Have High Blood Pressure?
The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to get it checked, even though there are a variety of symptoms that may present themselves. There are however certain symptoms that make it more recognizable, as well as certain factors that can contribute to the disease. Multiple symptoms are discussed in this article and should be discussed with your doctor if any of them exist in your life.
Those with high blood pressure find that they frequently have nosebleeds.
While you could have a ruptured blood vessel or other issues not related to your blood pressure, it is still a good thing to check. Occasionally anyone can have a nosebleed, however if yours bleeds more often then you should have it checked. While anyone with hypertension can suffer from frequent nosebleeds, most commonly it occurs in those who are elderly. Your blood pressure could be extremely high if high blood pressure is causing your nosebleeds.
Kidney disease and diabetes are another serious consequence of untreated high blood pressure. In fact, some people who don’t get their blood pressure checked sometimes don’t experience symptoms until they have one of these serious conditions. It is possible that your first symptoms of high blood pressure are in fact signs of kidney disease or diabetes.
If you see blood in your urine or feel the frequent need to urinate you may have kidney problems. Do you feel thirsty more than normal, or have you seen a change in your weight suddenly, could be a sign of diabetes. High blood pressure or not you should have any of these serious symptoms checked into.
If you don’t take care of your high blood pressure, it could turn into another condition called extremely high blood pressure, or malignant hypertension. Slightly elevated blood pressure doesn’t always have noticeable symptoms but the symptoms of malignant hypertension can be incredibly extreme like dizziness, nausea, vomiting and eye pain. Sometimes you might even pass out. Sometimes you can get malignant hypertension out of nowhere but usually you get malignant hypertension because, after being diagnosed with high blood pressure, you didn’t take the right steps to make sure it didn’t continue rising. If you have symptoms of malignant hypertension, prompt medical attention is needed.
For the most part, blood pressure or hypertension is hard to identify in its early stages, making it a serious disease. Of course, if you take the time to get your blood pressure checked, it’s very easy to find out if you have hypertension, but too many people neglect to do this. Whether or not you have the type of symptoms mentioned above, getting your blood pressure checked is a simple way to safeguard your health.