Monday, 27 November 2017

A low-salt diet packed with fruit and vegetables will lower blood pressure MORE THAN medication after just four weeks, Harvard study finds!


  • Cutting out salt and eating more fruit can reduce blood pressure by 21 mm Hg
  • Anti-hypertension drugs are only approved if they lower levels by 3-4 mm Hg
  • Most available medications reduce levels by 10-15 mm Hg but have side effects
  • A healthy diet can, therefore, lower levels by more than approved medications
  • Around 32% of US adults have high blood pressure, which causes heart disease
  • Low-salt diets packed with fruit and vegetables lower blood pressure more than medication after just four weeks, a Harvard University study reveals.
    Cutting out the salt and eating lots of fruit, vegetables and low-fat dairy, reduces people with high blood pressure's results by an average of 21 mm Hg, the research adds.
    To put that into context, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US' drug-approving body, will not accept anti-hypertension medications unless they lower blood pressure by at least 3-4 mm Hg.
    Most medications typically reduce hypertension readings by between 10 and 15 mm Hg, but come with side effects including fatigue, dizziness and headache.
    Study author Dr. Lawrence Appel said: 'What we're observing from the combined dietary intervention is a reduction in systolic blood pressure as high as, if not greater than, that achieved with prescription drugs.
    'It's an important message to patients that they can get a lot of mileage out of adhering to a healthy and low-sodium diet.' 
    Around 32 percent of adults in the US have high blood pressure, which puts them at risk of heart disease and stroke.  
    Low-salt, healthy diets lower blood pressure more than medication after just four weeks
    Low-salt, healthy diets lower blood pressure

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5111653/Healthy-diets-lower-blood-pressure-medication.html#ixzz4zcYs1cIO 


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