February is American Heart month. But we should be good to our heart every day of every month.
One important way to care for your heart is to maintain a healthy blood pressure (BP). It should be less than 130/80 according to new guidelines established in November 2017 by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (previous threshold for high BP was 140/90).
If you are measuring blood pressure at home, don’t smoke, exercise, drink caffeinated beverages or alcohol within 30 minutes of measurement. Additional instructions from the AHA can be found here: http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@hcm/documents/downloadable/ucm_445846.pdf
Olivino contains extracts of two foods clinically documented to maintain healthy BP: tomatoes and grapes. Today I will discuss one compound found in high concentrations in grape skins: resveratrol.
Resveratrol may reduce BP by:
- Acting as an antioxidant (antioxidants remove waste materials that damage arterial walls)
- Producing nitric oxide in blood vessels (which relaxes them, increasing blood flow)
- Reducing vascular inflammation (which damages blood vessels)
- Lowering platelet aggregation (increased platelets obstruct blood vessels)
A new scientific review of 17 human clinical trials conducted between 2011-2017 published in Critical Reviews in Food Science & Nutrition (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29359958) supports use of resveratrol to promote cardiovascular health, including healthy BP, particularly in those with diabetes.
Be heart smart! Take 2 Olivino daily, eat right, move your body every day and enjoy life!
P.S. Next week I’ll discuss grape seed extract and BP. Please feel free to email me your questions or topics you’d like me to discuss.