High blood pressure: A ‘high-spice diet’ reduces hypertension in as little as ‘24 hours.’
HIGH blood pressure is defined as a value of 140/90mmHg, however even a level of 120/80mmHg is considered dangerous. Is it possible that a spicy diet will help you avoid a heart attack or stroke?
According to study presented at the Nutrition 2021 Live Online conference by Penn State University and Texas Tech University, a spicy meal may help lower blood pressure readings. The study included 71 individuals, all of whom were between the ages of 44 and 44. People had a BMI of 29.7 on average, which was precisely on the border between being overweight and obese.
One group, chosen at random, was given a diet containing 6.6 grams of herbs and spices each day for four weeks.
The participants were subsequently given a two-week period during which they could eat whatever they wanted.
The same group was later given a daily meal containing 3.3 grams of herbs and spices.
The group was subsequently fed 0.5 grams of herbs and spices everyday after the same washout period.
Keep in mind that each group received all three diets in a different order (with various amounts of herbs and spices).
Participants’ blood sugar, cholesterol, insulin, and blood pressure were measured at the start and end of each four-week diet.
In addition, participants were required to wear a blood pressure monitor for a period of 24 hours.
While no differences in cholesterol or blood sugar levels were seen, eating extra herbs and spices had a “significant” impact on 24-hour blood pressure readings.
The high-spice diet resulted in a 2.2mmHg lower average systolic blood pressure than the less spicy diets.
Furthermore, the high-spice diet resulted in a 1.7mmHg reduction in diastolic blood pressure.
Even while the changes in blood pressure readings were “minor,” they were nonetheless noticeable when participants consumed “sub-optimal” American-style diets.
As a result, experts are now looking at the health benefits of adding spices to diet.
Dr. Cynthis Thaik, a cardiologist, said, “Studies reveal that some common spices can help protect against heart disease and age-related degeneration.”
“Researchers have established a link between the phenol content of some herbs and spices and their ability to inhibit glycation and the production of AGE chemicals that cause premature aging and heart disease,” Dr Thaik explained.
Spices with a lot of potential. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”