(PRWEB) December 30, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study that suggests eating cold gazpacho, a soup that is a staple of southern Spanish cuisine, can help reduce high blood pressure.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/this-refreshing-soup-can-bring-down-your-blood-pressure) notes, hypertension affects one-quarter of all American adults, and exercise and diet play key roles in the prevention and treatment of hypertension.
As the article “This Refreshing Soup Can Bring Down Your Blood Pressure” reports, the recent study examined nearly 4,000 people and monitored their gazpacho consumption. The soup contains ingredients such as olive oil, garlic, and tomatoes, each of which has natural chemicals that reduce pressure on blood vessels. The new study shows, for the first time, that gazpacho could be as beneficial as the ingredients it contains.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article notes that it was not expected that gazpacho would have this much of an effect because one of its core ingredients is salt, and sodium tends to raise blood pressure. Still, it seems the flood of healthy ingredients offsets the salt problem, and in fact, overcomes it. The researchers report that gazpacho could reduce blood pressure by up to 27%.
According to the article, the key ingredients in gazpacho are believed to be vitamin C, carotenoids, and polyphenols. The last two are plant-based chemicals that exert powerful healthy effects.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes that if gazpacho is made at home, the amount of salt that goes into it can be better controlled. Without the additional salt, this cold soup could potentially cause a person’s blood pressure to drop even further.
(SOURCE: Medina-Remon, A., et al., “Gazpacho consumption is associated with lower blood pressure and reduced hypertension in a high cardiovascular risk cohort. Cross-sectional study of the PREDIMED trial,” Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases, published online November 28, 2012.)
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