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Blood Pressure Benefits

Daily consumption of Blueberries helps slash blood pressure and improve arterial health.

According to a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial conducted by Florida State University, eight weeks of daily supplementation with Blueberry powder resulted in reductions in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure and better arterial health. Because hypertension is such a growing problem, it would appear prudent to explore natural preventive strategies, including dietary modifications (foods and dietary supplements) that may be effective in lowering blood pressure and its related complications. The study included forty-eight postmenopausal women with Pre- and Stage 1-hypertension:who were randomly assigned to receive either 22 grams of dried Blueberry powder (equivalent of one cup of fresh Blueberries) or 22 grams of a control powder each day. Postmenopausal women have a high prevalence of hypertension and often develop arterial stiffness, thereby increasing cardiovascular disease risk; and although antihypertensive drug therapies exist, more people prefer natural therapies. At the end of the eight-week study, the results showed that the Blueberry powder participants demonstrated reductions of 5.1% and 6.3% in systolic and diastolic blood pressure compared with baseline values, whereas there were no changes in the control group. Furthermore, nitric oxide levels were greater in the Blueberry group than they were at baseline, but again, no changes in the control group. The improvements were linked to a rise in levels of nitric oxide, which significantly increased over the course of the study. Nitric oxide is a potent vasodilator, helping to relax the walls of blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Consumer interest in Blueberries and its compounds have increased in recent years, following research reporting a wide range of health benefits, most notably increased brain health and decreased cognitive decline. More recent data, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, indicated that Blueberry flavonoids could boost endothelial function and enhance heart health. Endothelial dysfunction plays an important role in increased blood pressure that occurs after menopause. Further, endothelial dysfunction is known to increase arterial stiffness, which is involved in the development and progression of both hypertension and cardiovascular disease. In vivo and clinical studies have established the antihypertensive and vascular-protective effects of Blueberries, and in this trial the scientists conclude that regular Blueberry consumption over the long term could reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness, which may be due, in part, to increased nitric oxide production - and potentially delay the progression of hypertension and lower cardiovascular risk in postmenopausal women.

Sources: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and NutraIngredients

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Eating a small handful of nuts a day for a year - along with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fish consumption - can help undo a collection of risk factors for heart disease. The Mayo Clinic recommends walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and pecans to help lower your cholesterol when eaten as part of a balanced Mediterranean diet (olive oil, fruits, vegetables and fish; white meat, instead of beef or processed meat; homemde tomato sauce with garlic, onions and herbs; red wine). It's not entirely clear, but it's thought that the unsaturated fats in nuts lower bad cholesterol levels. Keep in mind, however, that you could end up canceling any heart-healthy benefits of nuts if they're covered with salt, sugar or chocolate.




A good sleep is crucial for good health. Turn off the lights (a dark room is the most conducive for sleep, day or night). Control noises (sudden, loud noises inside or outside the home will disrupt sleep, but steady low sounds, such as the whirr of a fan or air conditioner, can be soothing). Temperature should ideally be 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit (too cold or too warm will disrupt comfortable sleep). Sprinkle Lavender on your pillow cases (helps promote sleep). Your mattress and foundation should meet your needs (if you can’t afford a new one now, a mattress topper - egg crate foam or thin down topper - is a temporary fix. It is said that sleep is a marker of a person’s overall well-being, so it may be time to make a few changes. Need help? Look to the old herbal standby - gentle Chamomile - as a safe natural sedative to help soothe your nerves and induce a sound sleep. Here's to your good health and a good night's sleep!



Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth, or prepare or eat food with unwashed hands (germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his/her eyes, nose or mouth). Avoid close contact with people who are sick (also when you are sick, and keep your distance from others to protect them too). If you are sick, stay home and away from public places (school, offices, big shops, errands). If you plan to travel, take Garlic and Elderberry to help build your immune system and help reduce flu symptoms within 72 hours. As always, wash your hands often (helps protect you from germs). Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throw away the tissue.



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