Carbs Associated with Higher Diabetes and Heart Disease Risk Factor

Carbs Associated with Higher Diabetes and Heart Disease Risk Factor-Lowering saturated fat intake did not lower saturated fat blood levels but increasing carbs raised levels of palmitoleic acid, a fatty acid associated with disease…

The study included 16 participants, all of whom had metabolic syndrome, marked by at least three risk factors that increased their risk for heart disease or diabetes. All participants were fed the same diet, which was altered every three weeks for a total duration of 18 weeks as levels of carbohydrates were progressively increased and saturated fats were decreased. All started with a baseline “low-carb” diet, with the highest carb level reaching over 55% of the daily nutrient intake.

By the end of the trial, participants had lost an average 22 pounds, and experienced significant improvements in blood sugar, insulin levels, and blood pressure. Throughout the study, participants’ blood levels of total saturated fats remained relatively stable and even fell in some when the baseline fat consumption was doubled.

Beetroot Juice Lowers Blood Pressure in Hypertensives

Beetroot Juice Lowers Blood Pressure in Hypertensives

Beetroot Juice Lowers Blood Pressure in HypertensivesDietary nitrate in the form of daily beetroot juice significantly reduced elevated blood pressure compared with placebo in hypertensive patients over 4 weeks, a randomized phase 2 trial showed[1].

Dr Vikas Kapil (Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK) and colleagues observed significant reductions in systolic and diastolic BP as measured in the clinic, at home, or by ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) among patients who who drank 250 mL of the juice daily, for a nitrate dosage of approximately 6.4 mmol/day. The same amount of nitrate-depleted beetroot juice served as the placebo.

Improvements in endothelial function and a reduction in arterial stiffness were also observed in the dietary-nitrate group compared with no change in either parameter in placebo controls.