A new study from the Asklepieion General Hospital in Voula, Greece, suggests that having a midday nap is not only good for boosting your energy but also can lower high blood pressure.
For the study, the researchers examined 212 people with the mean blood pressure of 129.9 mm Hg. The participants’ average age was 62 years. During the study, the analysis showed that people who took a midday nap experienced 5.3 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure.
One of the study researchers, Dr. Manolis Kallistratos says: “These findings are important because a drop in blood pressure as small as 2 mm Hg can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack by up to 10 percent.”
Researchers from European institutions and those from the U.S., including the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom, and the Stanford University School of Medicine in California, suggest that systematic exercise helps decrease systolic blood pressure, which measures the blood pressure in the blood vessels as the heart beats.
For the study, they analyzed the data from 194 clinical trials that focused on antihypertensive drugs and their impact on systolic blood pressure, and 197 clinical trials, examining the effect of systematic exercise on blood pressure measurements. These trials provided information from 39,742 participants in total.
Dr. Huseyin Naci, one of the lead researchers, explains: “We don’t think, on the basis of our study, that patients should stop taking their antihypertensive medications. But we hope that our findings will inform evidence-based discussions between clinicians and their patients.”
A new study, recently published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, suggests that exposure to blue light may help reduce high blood pressure.
For the study, a team of researchers assessed whether blue light exposure could produce enough nitric oxide to significantly reduce high blood pressure. They involved 14 male participants aged between 30 and 60 years without a previous diagnosis of cardiovascular conditions.
The authors of the study come into a conclusion: “Our present study demonstrates for the first time that whole-body blue light exposure at doses that are comparable to daily sunlight exposure decreases systolic blood pressure […] in young, healthy male volunteers.”
High salt consumption may destroy a certain type of gut bacteria and this could be a reason for a high blood pressure, according to a new study, led by the scientists from the Experimental and Clinical Research Center and Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany.
In the course of the research, a team of researchers discovered that a version of Lactobacillus, a type of gut bacteria found in fermented food, is destroyed when they are fed a high-salt food. This food also was a reason for the high blood pressure in mice.
Lead researcher of the study Prof. Dominik N. Müller says: “We should start to see our gut microbiome as a viable target for treating conditions that we know are aggravated by salt, such as high blood pressure and inflammation.”
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.