Antioxidant Lycopene Protects Your Arteries Against Hypertension

By Kyle J. Norton

Hypertension is a condition of abnormally high blood pressure. It also is a member of the cluster of metabolic syndrome associated with the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the arterial walls. In high blood pressure, the heart has to work harder than normal to pump blood through the circulation system. Over time, high blood pressure has been found to cause damage to the heart and arteries.

High blood pressure can be acute or chronic. Acute high blood pressure most often occurs to people with sudden stress.

Sometimes, it can be caused by intense physical exercise. As the heart must pump harder to provide the needs of nutrients and oxygen.

People with high blood pressure in most cases are asymptomatic.

Most cases of chronic high blood pressure are associated with an unhealthy lifestyle and chronic diseases such as kidney disease, leading to the onset of strokes and cardiovascular disease.

On another hand, If you can control your diet, such as making changes to lifestyle, maintaining ideal weight and diet with low salt, you could do just fine without the drugs.

Epidemiologically, here are some natural remedies which will help you to lower high blood pressure, keeping it in the normal range of 130/80.
* Calcium and Magnesium
A combination of these 2 minerals with the right DOSAGES has a long and indisputable track record for normalizing blood pressure safely. Be sure only taking these compounds with a ratio of 2 to 1. Otherwise, this compound might cause irregular heartbeat.

* Mediterranean diet
A study found that people in Greece and Italy always have ideal blood pressure, because their diet contains more polyunsaturated fat, such as olive oil. If you can replace saturated fat in your diet with extra virgin oil, you could easily normalize your blood pressure.

* Reducing Salt intake
Salt is a mineral composed of sodium and chloride. You need only half a tablespoon a day, but we consume many times more than that every day causing high blood pressure and increasing the risk of early death.
Avoid processed meat, because it has been soaked in salt. Use little Ketchup, mustard, and soy sauce because they contain high amounts of salt.

* Cigarette
If you smoke, you better quit. The nicotine in cigarettes and other tobacco products causes your blood vessels to constrict and your heart to beat faster, which temporarily raises your blood pressure.

* Alcohol
Alcohol might cause a temporary rise in blood pressure in some people. If you have high blood pressure, you should reduce your daily intake of alcohol to 1-2 cups.

* Relaxation
Stress may affect blood pressure. Managing stress, by relaxation techniques, such as yoga, lightweight exercise, aerobic exercise, can be healful.

Lycopene is a phytochemical in the class of carotenoid, a natural pigment with no vitamin A activity found abundantly in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, such as red carrots, watermelons, and papayas,

Tomatoes provide about 80% of the lycopene in the world diet. In plants, lycopene protects the host against excessive photodamage and perform various functions in photosynthesis.

On finding a natural compound for the treatment of hypertension, researchers examined the tomato carotenoids such as lycopene anti-high blood pressure activity.

The double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study included patients with untreated hypertension individuals who received either 5, 15 and 30 mg lycopene or 15 mg of synthetic lycopene or a placebo over eight weeks.

According to the tested analysis,

* The effective doses of Tomato Nutrient Complex (TNC) that maintain normal blood pressure in untreated hypertensive individuals were 15 or 30 mg of lycopene associated with significant reductions in mean systolic blood pressure (SBP) compared to other treatments.

* Furthermore, Treatment with the lower dose standardized for 5 mg of lycopene or treatment with 15 mg of synthetic lycopene showed no significant effect on blood pressure.
* The increase of blood levels of lycopene was dose-dependent.

The results strongly suggested that only the TNC dose of 15 mg lycopene or higher have a beneficial effect on SBP in hypertension.

Taken altogether, lycopene found in tomato may be considered supplements for the prevention and treatment of hypertension, pending on the confirmation of the larger sample size and multicenter human study.

Intake of lycopene in the form of supplement should be taken with extreme care to prevent overdose acute liver toxicity.
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Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it’s news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
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Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Effect of Tomato Nutrient Complex on Blood Pressure: A Double Blind, Randomized Dose⁻Response Study by Wolak T1, Sharoni Y2, Levy J3, Linnewiel-Hermoni K4, Stepensky D5, Paran E. (PubMed)
(2) Lycopene and Vascular Health by Mozos I1,2, Stoian D3, Caraba A4, Malainer C5, Horbańczuk JO6, Atanasov AG. (PubMed)