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Scientists discover how ‘Mediterranean diet’ and olive oil can lower blood pressure

The secret to the Mediterranean diet may be in the salad. Eating unsaturated fats, like those in olive oil, along with leafy greens and other vegetables creates a certain kind of fatty acid that lowers blood pressure, scientists said Monday. These nitro fatty acids are formed when consuming spinach, celery…

Experimental therapy fails to cure blood pressure

An experimental therapy that was once hailed as a possible cure for people whose high blood pressure does not respond to medication, has been shown to be ineffective, a US study said Saturday. Known as renal denervation, the process involves inserting……

Blood pressure medications shown to help slow dementia

A class of drugs designed to lower blood pressure also slightly brakes the progression of dementia among the elderly and may even boost brain power marginally, a study published on Friday said. Doctors in Cork, Ireland, looked at data from a long-term study involving 361 patients aged in their late…

Is chocolate really heart-healthy?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – That heart-shaped box of chocolate you got for Valentine’s just might have some benefits for your real heart, a new study hints. The study, which combined the results of 42 small clinical trials, found that people fed chocolate or cocoa for a few weeks to…

Hormone helps obese shed weight: study

An appetite-curbing hormone found in the gut may help overweight and obese people shed weight, lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels, according to a study released Wednesday. Known as glucagon-like peptide-1, or GLP-1, the hormone is naturally secreted from the intestine when we eat. Recently, doctors have begun to use GLP-1 to treat…

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