I have a confession to make…
I’m terrified of prescription medications. And most of the time I don’t trust doctors who oftentimes seem to write prescriptions as carelessly as can be.
If that makes me a coward, then coward I am.
You may think I’m paranoid but if you consider the long list of dangerous side effects all blood pressure medications carry, you must agree there is a reason to only use them as last resort if lifestyle changes do not work.
So when I read a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (4) proving that consuming more egg whites from ordinary eggs found in all supermarkets was as effective as taking a big dose of popular blood pressure medications… my eyes popped out like a cartoon figure!
You see, a special chemical in egg whites works exactly like ACE inhibitor drugs to lower blood pressure. But without any side effects (after all, it’s a food, not drugs).
And if you’re concerned about the old myth that eggs raise cholesterol, don’t be. This is one of the worst, misleading pieces of “information” that was pushed in the 80s and 90s but has since been completely busted in study after study. (8)
Yes, egg raise cholesterol, the GOOD cholesterol (HDL) not the “bad cholesterol” (LDL). So, eggs actually improve your cholesterol level. When you were told to cut out eggs, that advice could actually have been putting you at increased risk of heart attack and stroke. (9)
Makes You Want to Scream, Doesn’t It?
[php snippet=4]I eat at least 2-3 eggs/day, four times a week. And I tell you my blood pressure is as good as that of a newborn baby and my arteries as clean as the king’s floors (I’m exaggerating a little).
But it wasn’t always like that. No way. I was doing all the “right things,” eating all the “right foods,” exercising all the time and denying myself everything I loved to eat. That was the time when my blood pressure was acting like a pressure cooker and my arteries were more like sewage pipes.
And of course, you have realized by now why I was one foot in the grave…
Because all the “right things” I was doing were actually the WRONG THINGS!
Who in the world came up with the idea that men and women couldn’t enjoy their eggs fried in natural butter like generations before them? All of a sudden these healthy foods our grandparents grew up with were supposed to be killing us.
Of course all new research has completely turned this ridiculous propaganda on its head and sent it back to its home.
Throughout the years I’ve helped thousands of people to lower their blood pressure naturally. My biggest joy in life is to help you to improve your blood pressure and enjoy your life at the same time.
And even more importantly, I want to clarify what actually are the best foods and lifestyle changes you can make to lower your blood pressure. Not based on fiction as so much information is, but reliable health studies from some of the most respected institutions in the world.
This is my life and passion. My articles have been published in hundreds of online and offline journals and I’m the author of several books, including “Good Foods For High Blood Pressure,” It’s a short book where I list more than 50 types of foods that are both delicious and help lower blood pressure at the same time (swat two flies). Plus, it describes how to use food as effectively as possible.
But, I’m not here to go on and on about myself. No, my goal here today is that you learn to drastically lower your blood pressure from the comfort of your own home.
And by doing so, you’ll be able to either drastically reduce your need for blood pressure medication and the side effects that come with them, or better yet to completely avoid them at all – all with your doctors blessing.
So lets dive even deeper. Because next, I’m going to tell you about three more foods that help improve blood pressure.
(1) http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2012/01/30/ajcn.111.023457.abstract American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Published online ahead of print, doi:10.3945/ajcn.111.023457 “Effects of chocolate, cocoa, and flavan-3-ols on cardiovascular health: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials” Authors: L. Hooper, C. Kay, A. Abdelhamid, P.A. Kroon, J.S. Cohn, E.B. Rimm, A. Cassidy
(2) http://cnl.salk.edu/~bgolomb/ Golomb BA, Koperski S, White HL 2012. “Association between more frequent chocolate consumption and lower BMI” Arch Intern Med 172: 519-21
(3) A. Figueroa, A. Wong, R. Kalfon. Effects of Watermelon Supplementation on Aortic Hemodynamic Responses to the Cold Pressor Test in Obese Hypertensive Adults. American Journal of Hypertension, 2014; DOI: 10.1093/ajh/hpt295
(4) Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2009, Volume 57, Issue 2, Pages 471-477 Angiotensin I Converting Enzyme Inhibitory Peptides from Simulated in Vitro Gastrointestinal Digestion of Cooked Eggs”
Authors: K. Majumder, J. Wu http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Egg-proteins-may-reduce-blood-pressure-Study
(6) Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) May 4, 2011, Vol 305, No. 17 Fatal and Nonfatal Outcomes, Incidence of Hypertension, and Blood Pressure Changes in Relation to Urinary Sodium Excretion http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=899663
(8) A. Soriano-Maldonado, M. Cuenca-García, L. A. Moreno, M. González-Gross, C. Leclercq, O. Androutsos, E. J. Guerra-Hernández, M. J. Castillo y J. R. Ruiz. Ingesta de huevo y factores de riesgo cardiovascular en adolescentes; papel de la actividad física. Estudio HELENA. Nutrición Hospitalaria, 2013; 28:868-877 DOI: 10.3305/nh.2013.28.3.6392
(12) Benson, Herbert, 1975 (2001). The Relaxation Response. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-380-81595-8.