Friday, January 1, 2010

Regulate Blood Pressure not with pril’s but with Fiber

Eating whole grains may lower your risks of high blood pressure, according to a Harvard School of Public Health study. One reason: they contain fiber, which produces by-products that may reduce damage to your arteries and help prevent hypertension, says study coauthor Eric Rimm ScD. And fiber-rich whole foods are better than supplements because they contains several nutrients. The effect is synergistic: while fiber may be nutrient most beneficial to blood pressure, Rimm says, its effect is enhanced by a food’s antioxidant, vitamins, and minerals, most notably potassium. Here where I worked we used to have a patient with high blood pressure, I have the same health teaching avoid fatty and salty foods, exercise and take medications regularly. But now I have a additional health teaching eat Gardenia whole wheat bread. Hahaha”.

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