Every day in the clinic I see new patients with High Blood Pressure who are shocked when I tell them their condition is quite likely self-inflicted and probably curable, without having to take pills for life. No doctor has ever talked to them like this; they have only heard the defeatist, un-empowering "all you can do is take a pill the rest of your life" speech. Now granted, there are some people who just need blood pressure pills due to their genetics or other medical problems; but in reality, they are few and far between. As we all continue reclaiming our health, and retaking responsibility for our own well-being, more and more patients will no longer be needing those pills.
With that in mind, I'd like to tell you about a recent study showing that natural substances in berries prevent High Blood Pressure and almost certainly decrease existing High Blood Pressure. You can read the abstract of the study here. The more I study and read, the more I find these naturally occuring medicines all around.
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The effect was a little stronger for blueberries than strawberries. Compared to people who ate no blueberries, those eating at least one serving of blueberries per week were 10 per cent less likely to develop High Blood Pressure. The researchers seemed shocked by their findings:
“Our findings are exciting and suggest that an achievable dietary intake of anthocyanins may contribute to the prevention of hypertension ... Anthocyanins are readily incorporated into the diet as they are present in many commonly consumed foods. Blueberries were the richest source ... Other rich sources of anthocyanins ... include black currants, blood oranges, eggplants, blackberries, red grapes and raspberries.”I love it that these university researchers were surprised and excited to discover health benefits from eating berries. If just one serving per week had this kind of effect, just imagine what effects a serving per day might have!
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on your Deck!
This is just another little reminder that you actually are what you eat. Eat right and you will prosper and flourish; eat junk and you will suffer, and pay lots of co-pays!