Dietary spirulina intake manages blood pressure and cholesterol, may help prevent atherosclerosis
Extreme temperatures for the month ranged from 8 degrees F at Camp Norris in Lake of the Woods County (Oct 29) to 86 degrees F at Madison in Lac QuiParle County (Oct 1).” Seeley says he was surprised by a recommendation from the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Sheldon Sheps. Seeley says: “My wife Cindy noticed an article this week by Dr. Sheldon Sheps, emeritus doctor from the Mayo Clinic who writes educational pieces.
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“Smarter” Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Prevent Many More Heart Attacks and Strokes
Prevent heart attacks, heart disease with spirulina Naturally, the benefits of improved vasodilation and reduced lipid levels also extend to the heart. A related study out of South Korea published just one year later in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology found that, even when fed a high cholesterol diet (HCD), New Zealand White (NZW) rabbits experienced reduced triglyceride (TG) and total cholesterol (TC) levels when also given between 1 and 5 percent spirulina for eight weeks. Compared to rabbits just given HCD — NZW rabbits, it is important to note, are not meant to consume cholesterol after the nursing phase, rabbits given spirulina saw reductions in the intimal surface of the aorta, as well as significant reductions in both TG and TC. Rabbits fed spirulina also experienced increases in high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), more commonly known as “good” cholesterol.
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A new way of using blood pressure-lowering medications could prevent more than a fourth of heart attacks and strokes up to 180,000 a year while using less medication overall, according to new research from the University of Michigan Health System and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Individualizing treatment recommendations using patients risk of heart disease after considering multiple factors such as age, gender and whether or not the patient smokes is a more effective way to treat patients than current methods, according to the study that appears in the medical journal, Circulation. Current medical guidelines use a one-size-fits-all treatment approach based on target blood pressure values that leads to some patients being on too many medications and others being on too little, authors say. Blood pressure medication is ultimately used to prevent associated heart disease and stroke. Researchers found that a persons blood pressure level is often not the most important factor in determining if a blood pressure medication will prevent these diseases but common practice is to base treatment strictly on blood pressure levels.
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