Tuesday, February 5, 2013
High Blood Pressure and Coconut Oil
Family history, poor diet, and obesity are just a few of the causes of high blood pressure. Aside from prescription medications, there's not much a physician can do to reverse or reduce high blood pressure. However, one alternative is the incorporation of coconut oil into your diet. Because of its many health benefits, coconut oil, when used properly, can prove beneficial in a regimen designed to lower blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure Defined
High blood pressure is the pressure caused by the restricted flow of blood through narrow arteries. This restriction causes the heart to pump harder and at a faster rate, giving it little time to rest. Consistent high blood pressure causes the arteries to weaken and even close completely. Normal blood pressure is around 120/70. Anything higher is treated with prescription medications.
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Blood Pressurre
Because coconut oil is approximately 92 percent saturated fat and contains medium chain fatty acids, or Omega-3 fatty acids, it is believed to be better for lowering blood pressure than vegetable oils. The consumption of polyunsaturated fats, such as Omega-6 fatty acids like soybean and vegetable oils, causes your blood vessels to constrict. However, the Omega-3 fatty acids in coconut oil do not have the same effect. In fact, they widen your blood vessels and relieve inflammation of the arteries.