BLOOD PRESSURE

BLOOD PRESSURE

OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE BETTER THAN DRUGS

The impact of high blood pressure places millions of Americans at significantly increased risk from cardiovascular disease and sudden death from a heart attack. Big Pharma and modern medicine are quick to prescribe a vast assortment of pharmaceuticals that fill the coffers of the drug giants and have little effect on true cardiac risk.Publishing in the journal Phytomedicine, researchers found that a natural extract from the olive leaf plant can effectively lower blood pressure without the devastating side effects experienced by many placed on a lifetime of synthetic pharmaceuticals. Olive Leaf Extract Lowers Blood Pressure Similar to Dangerous Drugs.Hypertension is one of the most devastating conditions that currently affects more than 50 million Americans. High blood pressure slowly and silently degrades the integrity of our vascular network of vessels and arteries, ultimately leading to heart attack, stroke and vascular dementia. Standard medical practice calls for the administration of multiple pharmaceuticals that further degrade health and carry a long list of damaging side effects.Researchers found that olive leaf extract taken at a dose of 500 mg twice per day naturally lowered blood pressure in Stage 1 hypertensive patients similar to prescription ACE-inhibitor drugs. The study authors noted that extracts from leaves of the olive
tree “have been used since ancient times to combat high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and diabetes and for other medicinal purposes.”Additionally, researchers found that the groups of subjects taking the olive leaf extract demonstrated significant improvements in triglyceride levels, a positive benefit not seen with the pharmaceutical group. Although the specific blood pressure lowering action of olive leaf extract is not known, the study designers believe it is related to the active compound in the leaf known as oleuropein. Oleuropein acts synergistically with other chemicals in the plant to “exert both ACE inhibitory and calcium channel blocking activities.”

Olive Oil Lowers Risk from Oxidized LDL Cholesterol Further scientific evidence supporting the powerful impact exerted by the olive plant is provided by researchers published in the journal Clinical Nutrition. The study found that polyphenol rich, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil boosted levels of an antibody in the blood that neutralizes oxidized LDL cholesterol that is implicated in the formation
of coronary plaque. This significantly reduces the risk from atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries and the progression of coronary artery disease.

Researchers again found that the antioxidant polyphenols oleuropein and cafeic acid found in olive oil exhibited powerful anti-diabetic, antiatherosclerotic and anti-inflammatory properties. In response to increased dietary consumption of the polyphenols, the study found that critical immune response mechanisms were stimulated and deadly LDL oxidation was retarded.


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