Blood Pressure

Marealis’ novel shrimp peptide gains EFSA green light

22 May 2018 --- The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved an application for the novel food status of a shrimp peptide concentrate, meaning that the ingredient can now be utilized in EU supplement applications. The application was made by the company Medfiles Ltd. on behalf of Marealis, a developer of science-backed nutraceuticals. The supplements will be marketed to those who want to address the problem of prehypertension in the Marealis product, PreCardix.

Salt reduction key to lowering blood pressure and CVD, study shows

01 May 2018 --- There is strong evidence supporting salt reduction as a key public health strategy to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), reiterates a new review by Action on Salt (based at the Wolfson Institute, Barts & The London, Queen Mary University of London) published in Nature Reviews Cardiology. The review challenges some previously published studies, labeled by the lobby group as “of poor scientific quality,” which have generated controversy and cast doubt on the importance of reducing salt intake on public health.

Platform for innovation: A hearty applause for omega fatty acids

14 Mar 2018 --- It has long been established that healthy fats are an important attribute of a healthy diet. Today, consumers are armed with a far more sophisticated knowledge of the range of goodies and baddies within the “fat” world. We have seen a rapid departure from the days when low-fat products reigned supreme, with consumers turning back to fat as a source of health. Healthy front-runners are the omega 3 fatty acids, with their prevalent claims of cardiovascular health benefits

Sweet and salty chicken: UK lobby group calls for warnings on salt-laden ready meals

13 Mar 2018 --- UK lobby group Action on Salt is demanding health warnings on Chinese takeaways, and ready meals after a new survey reveals their “staggeringly high” salt levels. With some of the meals containing “as much salt as five Big Macs,” the group is calling on Public Health England (PHE) to “create a level playing field”: getting tougher on setting salt targets, making front of pack labeling mandatory and putting warning labels on restaurant menus. 

Healthy diet not enough to offset effects of high sodium intake

05 Mar 2018 --- A healthy diet may not offset the negative impacts of a high salt intake on blood pressure, according to a new study which analyzed the diets of over 4,000 people. Previously, experts believed that eating high amounts of fruit and vegetables might help counteract the effect of high salt on blood pressure. The results of this new study, published in the journal Hypertension, showed that people eating higher amounts of salt had higher blood pressure – no matter how healthy the person’s overall diet.

Hearty results: MenaQ7 K2 study confirms vascular health benefits for men and women

01 Mar 2018 --- A new one-year clinical trial has just been completed showing that a daily nutritional dose of MenaQ7 vitamin K2 as MK-7 improved vascular health in both male and female healthy participants. This study adds support to the substantial body of evidence confirming Vitamin K2 is a cardiovascular-support nutrient. 

Cholesterol lowering: Staying low to ward off heart health troubles

28 Feb 2018 --- Cholesterol’s deadly relationship with heart disease is well known around the world today. Cardiovascular disease continues to be one of the world’s most urgent health problems – for example, heart failure affects about 6.5 million adults over age 20 in the US, according to the American Heart Association.

Bad for the heart: Lobby group slams retailers for high salt meals for Valentine’s Day 

14 Feb 2018 --- Top retailers are providing excessive salt, calories, saturated fat and sugars in their Valentine’s “dine-in” meal deals at bargain prices – that is the assertion from Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), a campaign group concerned with salt and its effects on health. The UK organization has carried out a new survey that reveals high levels of salt “hidden” in Valentine’s Day meal deals on sale at some of Britain’s biggest supermarkets. 

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.

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