Did you know that 29 percent of adults in the US alone, have high blood pressure?
Half of those 29 percent have their blood pressure under control through various mechanisms
What is really scary is that one of of every three people have what’s called pre-hypertension which is blood pressure readings that are slightly elevated, but not considered high enough where they need to be on medication.
So let me ask you a question.
Are you one of the 29% currently living with high blood pressure are one of the three that are borderline high blood pressure?
If so here are some things you can do to lower your blood pressure and lower your risk of heart disease without depending on medication to do it for you.
Now there are the common exercise and better nutrition tips and of course doctors will just prescribe a medication that you will most likely have to take the rest of your life if you decide not to follow any alternative methods of controlling it on your own.
A new study though shows that some specific proteins in your diet could naturally lower your blood pressure and therefore reduce your risk of heart disease.
They are called Amino Acids.
According to multiple research studies your total protein intake and your intake of specific amino acids may lower your blood pressure.
The problem is most individuals do not consume enough protein or more specifically the correct amount of these amino acids.
So what should you do?
First take a look at your overall protein intake then make sure you are eating adequate amounts of lean animal protein such as beef, fish, and chicken.
Here is what researchers found and why you should be eating these types of proteins.
A new study shows that these amino acids arginine, cysteine, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, leucine and tyrosine are all linked to blood pressure improvements.
It also showed that those who consumed adequate amounts of these 7 essential amino acids had lower average arterial pressure and lower core blood pressure.
What was also discovered was that if the participants had higher levels of glutamic acid, leucine and tyrosine they had lower pulse wave activity.
They concluded that there is evidence to suggest that the intake of specific amino acids could be an important and achievable way to reduce blood pressure and heart disease risk.
So make sure you are consuming lean animal proteins such as beef, fish and chicken along with fruits and vegetables and adequate amounts of fiber to give you the best chance of controlling your blood pressure without having to rely on medication.
Don’t forget to include exercise as well. 🙂
Jennings A, MacGregor A, Welch A, Chowienczyk P, Spector T, Cassidy A. Amino Acid Intake Is Inversely Associated with Arterial Stiffness and Central Blood Pressure in Women. J Nutr. 2015 July 22.