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Gazpacho soup may help lower hypertension...

by , 09 April 2013

Research published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases took a look at a Mediterranean favourite… The tomato based gazpacho soup. The results revealed it could play a role in keeping blood pressure low... And cutting the risk of heart disease.

The researchers examined what effect eating gazpacho soup had on heart risk factors in 3,995 people. They discovered that regular consumption of the cold soup – which is rich in carotenes, vitamin C and polyphenols – was associated with lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels.
In fact, the risk could drop by up to 27%! Read more here...
Sure beats the popular blood pressure drug that's been linked to stomach problems...
Gluten sensitivity is an odd symptom to find on a list of drug side effects. But it seems the association is real. It turns out a common prescription drug could be mimicking the symptoms of gluten sensitivity.
Over a three-year period, 22 patients went to the Mayo Clinic complaining of symptoms similar to those of celiac disease. One of the patients lost 57 kilos! Others had to be administered steroids to combat the inflammation in their intestines. 14 of them were hospitalised. And all of the patients had serious intestinal damage.
But when they had blood tests, they didn’t support a celiac diagnosis. This left doctors scratching their heads... Until they realised all of the patients had been taking the same drug - olmesartan - for high blood pressure.
When the patients stopped taking the drug, their symptoms of gluten sensitivity improved. Researchers looked at past records and found similar cases.
If you’re suffering from mysterious symptoms, it’s important to leave no stone unturned. No matter how “safe” your doctor says a drug is, it never hurts to question that assumption. But it really CAN hurt to take it at face value.
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