blood pressure

Nutrition Notes: Potassium protection

Although potassium is a mineral found in almost every food group, poor eating habits can leave you short of this nutrient, which serves many vital functions in the body. To help control blood pressure, the National High Blood Pressure Education Program strongly...

Folic acid among top heart nutrients

Attendees at the American Heart Association’s 58th Annual High Blood Pressure Research Conference heard evidence that women who consumed more than 800 mcg/day of folic acid reduced their risk of high blood pressure by almost a third compared to those who consumed less...

Nutrition Notes: High blood pressure

There’s more to controlling blood pressure than simply taking pills and cutting sodium intake. Whether your goal is treating high blood pressure or preventing it, many diet and lifestyle choices also have an impact. Here are a few changes that can have a significant...

Fibre Factor: Researchers report protective effect on heart

Consumption of dietary fibre from fruits and cereals may lower the risk of coronary heart disease, say researchers from Harvard University, Boston. They say that dietary fibre, found in fruits, vegetables, grains and cereals, may reduce the risk of heart disease by...

News for Diabetics: Vitamin C helps control blood pressure

Diabetics are at an elevated risk for many other diseases, including heart disease. Therefore, the maintenance of normal blood pressure is an important factor in avoiding poor cardiovascular health. According to a recent clinical trial, diabetics may lower their risk...

Up potassium to lower blood pressure

While the primary functions of potassium in the body are to maintain normal fluid balance and promote normal nerve and muscle function, research has also shown a direct link between adequate potassium intake and healthy blood pressure levels. Clinicians at the...

Vitamin C lowers blood pressure

The Canada Food Guide suggests that adults eat between five and 10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Packed with antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene and lycopene, fruits and veggies promote good health and protect us from disease. But...