Blood Pressure

EFSA rejects Unilever black tea health claim

18 Jan 2018 --- The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a health claim regarding black tea’s effects on the maintenance of normal endothelium-dependent vasodilation in adults. The application, submitted for authorization of a health claim pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 by Unilever, pertained to “black tea beverages, either freshly prepared or reconstituted from water extract powders of black tea, characterized by the content of flavanols (expressed as catechins plus theaflavins) of at least 30 mg per 200 ml serving.” 

Camelina oil shown to improve blood lipid profile

09 Jan 2018 --- The use of camelina oil reduces overall and LDL cholesterol levels in people with impaired glucose metabolism, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The study, published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, analyzed the associations of camelina oil, fatty fish and lean fish with lipid and glucose metabolism, and low-grade inflammation. 

High doses of vitamin D rapidly reduce arterial stiffness: US study

05 Jan 2018 --- High-doses of vitamin D reduce arterial stiffness in young, overweight/obese, vitamin-deficient, but otherwise still healthy African-Americans, with results identifiable within just four months, according to researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Rigid artery walls are an independent predictor of cardiovascular-related disease and death, and vitamin D deficiency appears to be a contributor, says Dr. Yanbin Dong, geneticist and cardiologist at the Georgia Prevention Institute at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

DASH ranked best diet overall by US News and World Report

04 Jan 2018 --- US News and World Report has for the eighth consecutive year ranked the National Institutes of Health-developed DASH Diet “best overall” diet among nearly 40 it reviewed. The announcement came just as new research suggests that combining DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), with a low-sodium diet has the potential to lower blood pressure as well as or better than many anti-hypertension medications.

Deep ocean minerals study shows improved blood flow and exercise recovery in men: CK Nutraceuticals

21 Dec 2017 --- CK Nutraceuticals has announced a new study supporting its Deep Ocean Minerals (DOM) for improving cerebral hemodynamic response during workout as well as improved exercise recovery. The study examined cerebral hemodynamic response, or blood redistribution, during physical exertion among young and middle-aged men aged 21 to 48.

Low-salt and DASH diet as effective as drugs for some adults with high blood pressure: study

23 Nov 2017 --- A study of adults with prehypertension, or stage 1 high blood pressure, has shown that combining a low-salt diet with the heart-healthy DASH diet substantially lowers systolic blood pressure – the top number in a blood pressure test – especially in people with higher baseline systolic readings.

Combining low-sodium and DASH diets dramatically lowers blood pressure in hypertensive adults

13 Nov 2017 --- A combination of reduced sodium intake and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is effective in lowering the blood pressure of adults with hypertension, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2017, a global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians.

Research improves understanding of how gut bacteria affect hypertension

05 Oct 2017 --- Scientists are a step closer to identifying a mechanism to explain how gut bacteria increase blood pressure, thanks to US researchers from the University of Illinois (U of I) and Brown University. Jason Ridlon, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at U of I, first discovered the gene for an enzyme in certain bacteria that changes cortisol, a steroid hormone, into another steroid known as an androgen.

Cholesterol-lowering version of breakfast cereal classic makes Australian debut

21 Sep 2017 --- Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing has unveiled an Australian-first extension to its iconic Weet-Bix, the country’s leading breakfast cereal, aimed at supporting the one in three Australian adults who need to manage their cholesterol levels for their heart health.

Ultra-low cholesterol poses no safety issues, analysis suggests

29 Aug 2017 --- Aggressively reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LCL-C) to ultra-low levels poses no health risks, analysis of research has suggested. It was associated with progressively fewer cardiovascular events and no apparent safety concerns in patients with stable atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease over 2.2 years of follow-up, according to a new analysis of the Further Cardiovascular Outcomes Research With PCSK9 Inhibition in Subjects With Elevated Risk (FOURIER) trial.

New US guidelines seek to combat hypertension in children

25 Aug 2017 --- The first new national guidelines since 2004 on identifying and treating high blood pressure in children and adolescents (aged 3 to 18 years old) in the US have been published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which convened a panel of experts to produce the new recommendations.

Few Foods on Track to Meet 2017 Salt Reduction Targets, Research Reveals

21 Mar 2017 --- Only 1 out of the 28 food categories surveyed by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) are on track to meet Public Health England’s (PHE) 2017 Salt Reduction Targets. The new findings come just 9 months ahead of when the targets are due to be in place.

Lowering Cholesterol to “Levels of a New-Born” May Cut Heart Attack Risk

19 Dec 2016 --- Reducing our cholesterol levels to those of a new-born baby significantly lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to new research. The findings come after recent studies have questioned whether very low levels of cholesterol are beneficial.

Tocotrienols Linked With Improved Metabolic Syndrome

21 Sep 2016 --- ExcelVite has revealed a new human clinical study uncovering a link between its patented product, EVNol SupraBio, and reduction of LDL-cholesterol, diastolic blood pressure and inflammatory markers such as Interlukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) among metabolic syndrome subjects. 

Modified Probiotics Could Improve Heart Health

16 Sep 2016 --- A new study has shown how a genetically modified strain of the probiotic Lactobacillus could lower blood pressure, improve heart contractility, and reduce heart wall thickness. The study was presented at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions.

Lowering Blood Pressure Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

16 Sep 2016 --- More than 100,000 deaths could be prevented annually if adults with specific common risk factors for heart disease would engage in an intensive program to lower their blood pressure, a new study has revealed. The study was presented at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions.

Daily Alcohol Consumption May Affect Heart Health

15 Sep 2016 --- New research suggests that long-term alcohol consumption, even as little as one drink a day, could enlarge the heart’s left upper chamber (atrial) and increase the risk of developing atrial fibrillation. The study disputes the common perception that moderate alcohol intake is good for the heart.

Fruit and Veg Cut Blood Pressure and Medical Bills

15 Sep 2016 --- By adding more fruits and vegetables to the diet, US patients with kidney disease can significantly reduce their blood pressure, and therefore their medicine expenses, compared to those who treated with a baking soda regimen or did not receive acid-reducing treatment.

Green Tea Could Prevent Deadly Artery Condition, According to Japanese Researchers

24 Aug 2016 --- Drinking green tea could prevent a deadly condition in the body's main artery, according to research conducted at Kyoto University in Japan. 

MGP's Fibersym RW Reduces Risk Factors Associated with Metabolic Syndrome

05 Aug 2016 --- Results of an independent study recently conducted at South Dakota State University (SDSU) show that MGP's Fibersym RW resistant wheat starch, a patented, non-GMO dietary fiber source, reduces risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome.

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