Gazpacho normalizes blood pressure


19/12/2012

Regular consumption of cold gazpacho soup - Spanish dish consisting of frayed raw vegetables - can help lower blood pressure and, consequently, the risk of cardio-vascular system. These data were presented by researchers from the University of Barcelona in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases.

A study conducted by Alexander Medina-Remon from the Department of Supply and Bromatology pharmaceutical department was part of a large study PREDIMED, during which it was studied the influence of the Mediterranean diet for people at high risk of cardiovascular disease. The analysis was attended by 3,995 volunteers, the health of which closely followed the author, to determine whether the consumption of gazpacho serve as prevention of diseases of the heart and blood vessels.

According to Medina Remon, earlier studies have It affirms that the ingredient that make up this dish - tomato, cucumber, garlic and olive oil - have a positive effect on blood pressure. Therefore, the researcher suggested that a similar effect should have himself a cold soup. This assumption was confirmed in the new study: regular consumption of gazpacho, in fact, as effectively lowers blood pressure, as well as the regular consumption of certain ingredients of which it is composed. Comparative analysis of participants consuming gazpacho often, and those who rarely eat this soup, proved that gazpacho reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by 27%.

The secret to this healthy meal lies in the fact that gazpacho is replete with substances such as carotene, vitamin C and polyphenols. The beneficial effect of each of these components on the heart and blood vessels has long been known as a coupe, they are simply a true "elixir of health." Even the addition of salt in the soup, has no effect on this negative impact. The researcher suggests that the components of the soup changed somehow salt uptake by the body.

Hypertension occurs in 25% of the adult population of the world and continues to be one of the most common diseases in the world. High blood pressure is also a proven risk factor for cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, myocardial infarction.


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