Drinking kefir, fermented milk drink, has been proved to have many health benefits. In a new study, the scientists from Auburn University in Alabama, USA, and the University of Vila Velha in Espirito Santo, Brazil, explained how it can protect cardiovascular health.
For the study, they worked with a rat model trying to see if kefir’s probiotic properties could influence gut health and help to lower blood pressure.
After analysis of the received data, the scientists concluded that the rats who regularly consumed kefir for 9 weeks, showed lower levels of endotoxins, harmful substances that contribute to inflammation. These rats also demonstrated lower blood pressure and improved intestinal structure.
According to a study, recently published in the journal Psychological Science, the more time you spent with your best friends in childhood, the likelier you have a healthy weight and blood pressure in adulthood.
For the study, the researchers analyzed data from a large study of 267 adults whose social lives were monitored between the ages of 6 and 16. The results of the analysis showed that adults who used to spend a lot of time with their buddies in childhood had lower blood pressure levels and body mass index (BMI) at the age 32.
Jenny M. Cundiff, one of the study authors from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, USA, says: “These findings suggest that our early social lives may have a small protective influence on our physical health in adulthood, and it’s not just our caregivers or financial circumstances, but also friends who may be health protective.”
According to a recent research from the University of Manitoba, lentils in your meal may successfully fight high blood pressure, scientifically called hypertension.
The researchers also found that eating lentils can reverse declines in blood vessel health. The results of the study were presented at the annual conference of the American Heart Association, held in Dallas, USA.
Dr. Peter Zahradka, one of the lead authors of the two experiments on the effects of lentils, believes that the results are amazing. He also adds: “[The results] provide a non-pharmacological way of treating diseases associated with blood vessel dysfunction.”
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, kills quietly as there are not any obvious signs. It can be quite difficult to see outer signs of high pressure building up in a person’s blood vessels. And extra stress on arteries normally leads to a heart attack, a stroke, or heart failure.
Here is what you can do to reduce the risk of high blood pressure:
- Spend more time with family and friends.
- Do aerobic exercises.
- Drink less alcohol.
- Reduce the size of your waistline.
- Cut intake of salt and add more fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Reduce the level of stress and get enough sleep.
- Quit smoking.
According to a recent study by the scientists from the United Kingdom and Sweden, our skin may play a significant role in the regulation of blood pressure levels.
For the study, a team of scientists analyzed the data received from mice with genetically engineered with lack of various HIF proteins in the skin. The mice were exposed to low oxygen levels. The researchers found that the mice lacking HIF-1-alpha or HIF-2-alpha experienced a significant rise in skin temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, and their physical activity declined.
First study author Dr. Andrew Cowburn from the University of Cambridge explains: “Low oxygen levels – whether temporary or sustained – are common and can be related to our natural environment or to factors such as smoking and obesity. We hope that our study will help us better understand how the body’s response to such conditions may increase our risk – or even cause – hypertension.”