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New Dietary Cause of High Blood Pressure Replaces Popular Misinformation

  

by Paul Fassa
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(The Best Years in Life) It seems the questionable causal culprit for high blood pressure, sodium chloride or table salt, is being replaced. The new villain that needs to be curbed for lowering high blood pressure is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which leads to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular health issues.

The high sodium intake source of high blood pressure has been challenged by some for over a decade or so ago. The only type of sodium recognized by almost all the medical establishment is processed table salt, which adds toxins while removing the essential and trace minerals contained in unprocessed sea salt.

A few renegade MDs and several naturopaths and chiropractors have challenged the unproven hypothesis of salt being the basis of high blood pressure (HBP). Perhaps the most well known is Dr. David Brownstein, MD, author of Salt your Way to Health. (1)

A glance at almost any processed food package shows processed salt or sodium chloride as an ingredient. Eating lots of packaged and processed foods will create a higher sodium load than someone who eats whole foods sprinkled liberally with beneficial unprocessed sea salt.

HFCS is more commonly used in processed foods, fruit juices, sweets, and sodas than cane or beet sugar. It's cheaper than sucrose (table sugar), and satisfies the "sweet tooth" that possesses too many people on the go and too busy to find and prepare unprocessed foods.

According to the USDA, HFCS consumption has increased over 10,600 percent from 1970 to 2005, and it is now the number one source of empty calories in America.

  

How HFCS Contributes to Hypertension or High Blood Pressure

Fructose in fruit is tied to several other nutritional compounds that balance out fructose's negative aspects. But fructose isolated from corn and made into a syrup is too much for the body to metabolize. Even table sugar metabolizes better.

At the beginning of his videotaped lecture, filmed by University of California TV, Robert H. Lustig, MD, a UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explains how the rise in HFCS use over the past three to four decades is behind the obesity and diabetes epidemic, both of which contribute to high blood pressure. (2)

HFCS, sometimes innocently called "corn sugar" or “corn syrup”, initiates a toxic overload from insufficient metabolism. The liver doesn't convert isolated, concentrated fructose into energy well and stores it as fat instead. Add this to the factor of GMO corn with traces of glyphosate and some mercury as a byproduct from the process. This toxic overload leads to obesity, fatty liver, other liver complications, and kidney disease. (2)

Dr. Richard Johnson of the University of Colorado has been the lead researcher of recent investigations for links from HFCS to high blood pressure. His research revealed definite links of high HFCS consumption to high blood pressure.

One of the toxic waste products remaining in the body from regular HFCS consumption is uric acid. A test of 17 subjects with high uric acid counts showed all 17 with high blood pressure. Uric acid inhibits nitric oxide (NO) in the blood vessels.

Nitric oxide is a volatile gas that helps maintain blood vessel elasticity. When that elasticity decreases, blood pressure increases. Increasing NO production can be enhanced with exercise and supplemented with L-arginine or citrulline. There are foods with these compounds also. (4)

A safe range of uric acid is from 3 to 5.5 milligrams per deciliter (0.1 liter), with 4 mg/dl ideal for men and 3.5 mg/dl for women. Higher numbers threaten blood pressure increases. You can ask your health professional about a uric acid test or shop the internet by inserting “uric acid blood testing” in your search engine.

More information:

(1) http://w3.newsmax.com/newsletters/brownstein/salt.cfm
(2) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/01/02/highfructose-corn-syrup-alters-human-metabolism.aspx
(3) http://www.ucdenver.edu/about/newsroom/newsreleases/Pages/Effects-sweeteners-on-body.aspx
(4) http://www.livestrong.com/article/518715-the-supplements-and-foods-that-increase-nitric-oxide-production/

See also:

Corn Industry Tries to Hoodwink Consumers with HFCS Name Change

Things that Make Sugar Not so Sweet

3 Natural zero-calorie sugar substitutes replace Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners

About the author:

Paul Fassa started looking into natural health to overcome his unhealthy lifestyle. Then he developed more interest as he researched his articles for Natural News and Align Life.

He is amazed at the ignorance of natural medicine and how beneficial foods and herbs are constantly ignored or vilified in order to promote toxic foods and meds by Big Pharma, the FDA, USDA, and the AMA, what he likes to call the "Medical Mafia".

His blog is
http://healthmaven.blogspot.com/ - "Healthmaven: Escape from the Medical Mafia Matrix." His Natural News articles can be reviewed here: http://www.naturalnews.com/Author712.html

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