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Kefir And High Blood Pressure

Kefir is a traditional dairy product that originates from the North Caucasus, Tibetan and Mongolian mountains. The name kefir originates from a Slavic word, keif, which means living and wellbeing, as its consumption has long been associated with health benefits. Modern research suggests that kefir has antibiotic properties, and may […]

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Magnolia Bark Lowers Blood Pressure

Magnolia bark is a traditional herbal medicine used to treat anxiety and features of metabolic syndrome, which is associated with high blood pressure, insulin resistance and poor glucose tolerance, raised triglyceride levels, reduced levels of ‘good’ HDL-cholesterol and storing excess weight around your waist (central obesity). Magnolia bark and blood […]

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2018 European Guidelines For Hypertension

New 2018 European guidelines on managing arterial hypertension have simplified the treatment of high blood pressure. Most patients should now be started on two blood pressure lowering drugs, rather than just one, and these medications should ideally be combined within a single pill. Quick links: Here are some of the […]

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High Blood Pressure And Erectile Dysfunction

New research suggests that high blood pressure is a risk factor for erectile dysfunction in men. At least two out of three men with hypertension experience difficulty maintaining an erection, compared with 10% of men in the general population. Hypertension and erectile dysfunction In one survey, over two out of […]

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Does Melatonin Lower Blood Pressure?

Melatonin is a hormone produced in the pineal gland of the brain in response to falling light levels, and helps to promote sleep. Your melatonin naturally peaks during the small hours of the morning, around 2 am when concentrations within the brain rise to around 100 fold higher than during […]

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What Causes High Cholesterol?

Your blood cholesterol level is in constant flux as new cholesterol is released into your circulation by the liver and your cells remove the cholesterol they need from your circulation. Your cholesterol will start to rise if the amount pushed into your bloodstream increases or if the amount extracted from […]

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Atherosclerosis And Blood Pressure

Atherosclerosis is the medical term for hardening and furring up of the arteries. Healthy arteries have elastic walls which expand and recoil to even out the peaks and troughs in blood pressure as your heart pumps blood around the circulation. If your arteries become more stiff, blood pressure increases as […]

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What Is Nitric Oxide?

Nitric oxide (NO) is a gas that acts as a signalling molecule, or messenger, within the body. It’s also referred to as an endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF) due to its role in dilating blood vessels, lowering blood pressure and increasing blood flow. While nitric oxide is mainly found within blood […]

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Can A Statin Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Statin drugs are prescribed to reduce your risk of experiencing a heart attack and stroke. While statins mainly work by lowering a raised cholesterol level, new evidence suggests that taking a statin may also lower your blood pressure. Statins and blood pressure A large study published in the medical journal, […]

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Pomegranate Juice Lowers Blood Pressure

Pomegranates are one of the oldest known edible fruits which are gaining a resurgence as an ultra-trendy fruit. It’s an ideal indulgence for those with high blood pressure as pomegranate juice has a powerful blood pressure lowering action. Their fleshy aryls (seed casings) contain a ruby-coloured juice that is unusually […]

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Lower Your Blood Pressure With Zwitscherbox

My office is alive with bird song. A Zwitscherbox sits on my desk, and whenever it senses movement, it treats me to two minutes of calming birdsong from the Bavarian Forest. You can hear the lovely sounds yourself in the Youtube clip below. Designed in Germany, the Zwitscherbox induces calm […]

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Smoking Causes Atrial Fibrillation

The more you smoke, the greater your risk of developing an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. A study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) increased for every cigarette smoked per day. These results were obtained by analysing data from […]