High Blood Pressure
Worldwide, more than 1 billion people suffer from a high blood pressure. Despite a great amount of research and drug development, the incidence and prevalence keeps rising. More than 1 out of 4 people suffer from from a high blood pressure - also called hypertension. After the age of 50, the risk of hypertension approaches 90%.
A (too) high blood pressure - also called hypertension - remains the leading modifiable risk factor for premature death as a result of stroke and can increase the risk to develop cardiovascular disease.
plnktn. - Marine Phytoplankton
The nutrients in marine phytoplankton have proven anti-hypertensive properties. This has inspired us to write this blog. When you add plnktn. to your daily nutrition, it has the potential to contribute to lowering your blood pressure in a natural way. We are going to discuss this in further detail later in this blog.
What is blood pressure?
The force of your blood against the vessel walls can be measures as pressure. this pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). When your heart contracts, it is exerting a pressure on the vessel, which we call the top number or systolic pressure.
When your heart relaxes, it is exerting a force on your vessel, which we call the bottom number or diastolic pressure.
So what do we call a high blood pressure?
We speak of a high blood pressure - also called hypertension - when this force is so high that it might eventually cause cardiovascular dysfunction or even disease. When we go back to blood pressure, we talk about hypertension when your top number is more than 140 or when your bottom number surpasses 90 mm Hg.
What can cause a high blood pressure?
In 9 out of 10 cases the cause of the high blood pressure is unknown. A complex interaction between genetic factors and lifestyle might play the biggest role. We cannot influence genetic factors too much, such as gender or age.
To give an example: after we reach 40, our vessels stiffen, which might lead to a higher blood pressure.
However, our lifestyle gives us the opportunity to make small - but vital - modifications. Over the last few years, a growing interest is looking at these lifestyle modifications - exercise, nutrition, etcetera - in prevention or even treatment of cardiovascular disease.
What are the symptoms of a high blood pressure?
What makes high blood pressure extremely dangerous, is that most people have no symptoms, even when their blood pressure reach dangerous levels.
The most common symptoms that might develop over the course of years, are shortness of breath, headaches and spontaneous nose bleeds. However, these symptoms are not directly associated with cardiovascular disease, and are easily overlooked.
When is a high blood pressure dangerous?
When the blood pressure is increased over a long period of time it can increase the risk of aforementioned cardiovascular disease, but also cause significant damage to the brain, and even the kidneys.
Be sure to consult a doctor when experiencing any symptoms or when you have genetic factors that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Because most of people do not experience any symptoms we advice everyone to get an annual check up after the age of 40.
Medicine is important, but it cannot solve everything
Did you know that in most cases more than 1 medicine is needed to treat hypertension?
Unfortunately, some people need three different types of antihypertensive medication in order to sufficiently lower their blood pressure. Usually, antihypertensive medication is able to lower the blood pressure with 8 points mm Hg. When your blood pressure needs a lowering of more than 30 points, you can imagine that you will need more than one medicine.
We advise everyone to be cautious when starting any type of drug, seeing they can cause minimal to severe side effects. Despite a vast amount research and decades of medication development, we are still seeing a rising prevalence of hypertension. This is not only seen in the older population, but also in the younger and athletic population.
More recent studies suggest that we should focus more on our lifestyle in the meaning of exercise and nutrition. As a result, we turned to nature and lifestyle to see if any of its existing food sources and lifestyle habits could help us with lowering our blood pressure.
Lowering the blood pressure without medication?
So we have to focus more on lifestyle interventions, seeing that medication is just one small piece of the puzzle. It is becoming clear that we cannot compensate an ‘unhealthy’ lifestyle with just one pill. Lifestyle intervention can be made in small as well as in big gestures. According to science, the following interventions can offer the potential to lower the blood pressure:
Exercise leads to a temporary increase in blood pressure, which can make the heart muscle stronger. As a result, the heart needs to exert less pressure in order to pump the same amount of blood. Eventually, this can lower the overall blood pressure. We advise to start slowly: go for a 45 minute walk each day and you're all set. After around three months, you can see the positive results on your blood pressure.
Lower your sodium intake
Packaged and often highly processed foods tend to contain a staggering amount of salt. As a result of its fluid attracting properties, it might increase the volume that the heart needs to circulate. This can have a negative effect on the blood pressure and might increase it. We advise a maximum of one tea spoon of salt a day. Even cutting back by 1.000 mg a day has the potential to lower your blood pressure.
Don’t smoke or stop smoking.
It is well known that smoking makes our vessels more narrow and more stiff, which can negatively impact our blood pressure. Stopping or not smoking at all can make sure we do not unnecessarily raise our blood pressure
Prevent anxiety and stress by finding good ways of coping or help.
Stress has the ability to temporarily increase our blood pressure. Therefore, long or prolonged periods of stress can negatively impact our overall blood pressure.
Make an honest and aware assessment of your nutrition.
A great - and growing - amount of studies have shown that unhealthy nutrition is associated with a higher risk of the developing cardiovascular disease.
What can plnktn. (Marine phytoplankton) offer for your blood pressure?
plnktn. - marine phytoplankton is the primary source of omega 3 fatty acids, pigments, peptides, essential minerals and vitamins.
Research shows that these nutrients in Marine phytoplankton posses many potential health benefits. In this particular blog we will focus on its potential positive effects on the blood pressure.
plnktn. is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids than can lower your blood pressure
Did you know that marine phytoplankton is a primary producer of omega 3 fatty acids and not fish?
One of the most important nutrients in plnktn. are the omega 3 fatty acids. Multiple studies showed that people who received sufficient omega 3 fatty acids had a significantly lower blood pressure than people who did not have this adequate intake.
On top of that, studies showed that adequate intake omega 3 fatty acids lead to lowering of blood pressure in antihypertensive patients who did not use any medication. This makes our diet vital, seeing our body cannot synthesize these fatty acids themselves.
Without awareness or proper supplementation, chances are small that you are getting enough omega 3 fatty acids through your daily diet.
The American Journal of Hypertension showed that omega 3 fatty acids might be just as effective in lowering the blood pressure as lifestyle interventions, such as increasing exercise, lowering sodium intake, etcetera.
In more detail, omega 3 fatty acids are able to:
- Block the het ACE-enzym. This is an enzym that stimulated the production of angiotensin, which is a hormone that directly leads to an increase in blood pressure. Many antihypertensive medication are made to block this same enzym.
- Reduce inflammation. A growing amount of research shows that inflammatory reactions and its accompanying damage play a significant role in the development of cardiovascular disease. The omega 3 fatty acids have the ability to reduce the inflammation and promote the production of substances that resolve the ongoing inflammation. This might reduce or even prevent inflammatory damage to the cardiovascular system.
- Reduce the buildup of fat, cholesterol and other harmful substances on and in the artery walls. This buildup is called atherosclerosis and can restrict blood flow. As a result your blood pressure might increase.
It also reduces the overall amount of cholesterol and triglycerides.
Preventing this buildup and overall presence of its components might prevent or reduce atherosclerosis, and thus your blood pressure.
- Exert many other health benefits, more of which can be found on our page about heart and blood pressure
plnktn. contains unique natural pigments, which are called carotenoids
Carotenoids are fat-soluble pigments and are present in uniquely high amounts in plnktn. Our body is also not able to synthesize these pigments. Important carotenoids of Marine Phytoplankton are beta-carotene, astaxanthin, fucoxanthin, lycopene, and many others. Research suggests that they posses potential anti-hypertensie and anti-inflammatory properties, and that they even have the potential to prevent atherosclerosis en reduce the risk of a heart attack.
plnktn. contains peptides
Peptides are short branches of amino acids and embody the building blocks of proteins. The peptides found in Marine Phytoplankton also possess potential anti-hypertensive properties. They posses the ability to lower the production of substances that can increase blood pressure, such as the ACE-enzym. As a result of lowering these substances, it might cause vasodilation.
Vasodilation is the process in which vessel widen, which leads to lowering of the blood pressure
Conclusion: So what do we need to lower our blood pressure in natural way?
We have to make interventions in our lifestyle and nutrition. We need a complete food source that is rich of nutrients that together possess the potential to lower our blood pressure. Marine Phytoplankton is rich of such substances (omega-3 fatty acids, pigments, peptides, minerals and vitamins).
So if you are looking for a natural food source that can potentially lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health, we would definitely recommend to include plnktn. in your diet.
Please note that plnktn. is not a replacement of your medication. Always consult your doctor before replacing your medicine with plnktn.
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