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DASH diet benefits may be due to phytonutrients
Using US Department of Agriculture food composition databases, Dr Most found that the DASH diet provides higher levels of flavonols, flavanones, flavan-3-ols, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin, and phytosterols than the control diet. These dietary compounds have been found in numerous studies to be associated with a lower incidence of diseases such as macular degeneration, some cancers, and of course, cardiovascular disease. Dr Most concluded, "It therefore is possible that the health benefits of the DASH diet are partly attributable to the phytochemicals and might extend beyond cardiovascular disease reduction."
The protective effects of these phytochemicals may occur through their antioxidant activity and by modifying detoxification enzyme profiles. The compounds may also work by affecting cholesterol and steroid metabolism. Another possible mechanism of action is the reduction of C-reactive protein, which some epidemiologic studies suggest could be accomplished by diets such as the DASH diet. Because these flavonoids, carotenoids and phytosterols have been found to help prevent cardiovascular disease, it is plausible that the DASH diet’s reason for success lies in its high levels of these compounds in addition to the targeted nutrients.
Hypertension can be controlled through use of natural supplements. Mainstream practitioners believe that only prescription medications are proven to reduce hypertension. Yet, supplements are scientifically proven to help normalize blood pressure (Espeland et al. 1999).
The DASH study (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) clearly indicates a strong dietary role for adequate potassium, calcium, and magnesium, as derived from natural diets, as beneficial to cardiovascular diseases (Appel et al. 1997). Oral potassium supplements lower blood pressure (Whelton et al. 1997). The mechanism of action of potassium may include natriuresis, reduced renin release, antagonism of the pressor effects of angiotensin II, direct vasodilation, enhanced endothelial-dependent vasodilation, decreased vasoconstrictive thromboxanes, and increased vasodilatory kallidin (Morris and Sebastian 1995).
The DASH diet is recommended by both mainstream and integrative medical practitioners as a first line approach to the management of hypertension (Appel et al. 1997; Maizes, 2002). The DASH diet is high in fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods that are rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium. The diet encourages a reduction of saturated fats in favor of monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids as found in fish oil. Salt restriction to less than 2,400 mg (about one teaspoon) a day is also recommended for people with hypertension. People who follow the DASH diet can decrease their systolic/diastolic pressure by 11/6 points (Cushman et al. 1998).
Chloroplex contains a variety of carotenoids and other plant extracts that can protect against DNA mutation and enhance cardiovascular and ocular health. Chloroplex also contains chlorophyll, an antioxidant and DNA protectant. In addition, chlorophyll has the ability to neutralize aflatoxins, produced by the Aspergillus flavus mold that grows on corn and peanuts. While vitamin A and beta-carotene can neutralize aflatoxins to some degree, chlorophyll is much more effective.
Magnesium is crucial for maintaining arterial health, normal blood pressure, and normal heart rhythm. Many Americans do not receive the Recommended Daily Allowance for magnesium in their diet. Although Life Extension Mix contains a high amount of magnesium, many people may wish to take additional magnesium and other minerals as a “booster” to Life Extension Mix. Mineral Formula for Men has been formulated to help ensure optimal magnesium intake. It contains four different forms of magnesium that are differently digested and absorbed in the body to help maintain heart health.
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