7 unusual foods

Wheat bran to watermelon: prepare a selection of grains, fruits and seeds that attract attention for her role of science in the prevention and control of hypertension, a problem in the lives of more than 30 million Brazilians.

Silent enemy: this is the way the medical community often refer to hypertension. And the reason is so simple and daunting: 90% of people with high blood pressure have no symptoms and, consequently, can be diagnosed only after suffering a stroke or a heart attack. All this drama, thankfully, can be avoided. And for that we must not clog the remedy, as most people think. In most cases, a better fate for the blood vessels depends on the follow-up with the cardiologist and the correct choice of foods included on the menu.

"A balanced diet coupled with physical exercise, is often enough to prevent and even control hypertension, a lighter," says cardiologist Bolivar Malachias Marcus, Chairman, Department of Hypertension Society of Cardiology. That said, it's time to present seven foods that are in evidence in the research centers for their ability to leave the arteries free of suffocation. See if it's not worth enjoy them for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

It's a given that beans and whole grains should appear regularly on the menu when you want to stop the constriction of blood vessels. after all, are relieved sources of fiber, compounds that hinder the absorption of fats and bad cholesterol, LDL. Why participate in this clean up in the arteries, these foods help increase blood flow without the dirt path. But when it comes to hypertension, a representative of this class is important. is wheat bran which offers, in addition to fiber, magnesium, zinc and B vitamins "This set of nutrients have a direct impact on vessel relaxation," says nutritionist Borim Najran, the Oswaldo Cruz German Hospital, in São Paulo.
Suggested use
Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of bran in vitamins, fruit and savory meals.

Over 14 years, scientists from the University of East Anglia in England, and Harvard in the United States, followed the habits of about 156 000 people. after this long time, saw an 8% decrease in risk of hypertension among fans of strawberries and other berries. The merit seems to come from an antioxidant that gives color to these berries, the anthocyanin. "It works in reducing LDL molecules, the bad cholesterol and increasing HDL, the version of the well, benefiting circulation," explains Najran. "Moreover, this substance combat the inflammatory process involved in cardiovascular disease," he adds. Who wants to change will find plenty of anthocyanins in other fruits such as raspberry and blackberry.
Suggested use
Include 5 strawberries for breakfast or take the natural fruit juice after meals.

Pumpkin seed
Size does not matter even for this small seed is rich in nutrients. among them are potassium, a mineral known to improve the elasticity of blood vessels. According to nutritionist Cristina Maria Freitas, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, it also exalt aee the presence of vitamins, fiber, magnesium and fats as well. "All this makes this seed a great ally of the cardiovascular system," says the expert. the nutritional value, moreover, was evaluated in a study of the seed oil administered to animals in Saudi Arabia. Conclusion: The preparation enhanced the action of antihypertensive drugs, greatly facilitating the adjustment of blood pressure.
Suggested use
Bake 1 cup of pumpkin seeds, and after golden brown, serve them as an appetizer.

Egg White
Despite raising more questions than answers, a search of the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain, notes that portions of egg white proteins have an amazing vasodilator properties - depending on the selected amino acids, the arteries relax even 70% more . "Now it is necessary to check whether these beneficial molecules remain stable during cooking. Then we will know whether it is better to consume egg whites poached or baked," says Lopes Heno cardiologist, Heart Institute, Hospital das Clinicas in Sao Paulo. we do not have this information, the recommendation is to include the egg into a balanced diet, choosing to share their whitest.
Suggested use
Try putting water in the pan instead of fat or fry an egg with little vegetable oil.

The spotlight again heading to the isoflavone, most illustrious of the grain worshiped by the Eastern and famous to silence unwanted symptoms of menopause. after reviewing a host of articles favored by it, Chinese scientists found that their blood ingestion relieves traffic. According to the cardiologist Marcus Malachias, isoflavone is not just a good vasodilator. "It prevents aggression factors for the arteries, such as cholesterol and glucose, to stimulate plaque formation in their inner layer, protecting them from clogging," said the doctor. No obstacles in its path, the blood flows more easily and the pressure tends to remain in full measure.
Suggested use
Cook 1 cup of grain and use it as a substitute for beans or salads.

For years, the native fruit from the Amazon and other foods high in caffeine were branded as dangerous to the arteries. the truth however is that no study has confirmed its link with hypertension. Quite the contrary. in a group of 637 people over 60 years accompanied by the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, and the state of Amazonas, those who reported regularly drinking a mixture of guarana powder, water and a pinch of sugar or honey were less obese and had a lesser frequency, high blood pressure. "The accumulation of fat provides vascular changes that can lead to hypertension," explains the biogerontóloga ivana Cross, the institution in the State. A message to who controls the pressure with medicine: guarana should only be asked if the doctor to release it.
Suggested use
Add 1 / 2 teaspoon of Guarana powder to fruit juices and take in the morning.

For those already with the pressure limit, this is one item that deserves permanent place in the fruit bowl. the suggestion comes from researchers at Florida State University, in the United States, after observing the effect of daily doses of the extract of the fruit in individuals with prehypertension, stage before the disease itself, for six weeks. The feat is responsible for a substance that appears to the mountains in watermelon, l-citrulline. "In the body, it becomes another molecule that contributes to the formation of nitric oxide, a gas that relaxes the blood vessel wall," says Malachi. Now, experts seek to define how to best leverage this ingredient anti-hypertension - would be in juice, fruit in it?
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