Pierce is the senior author on the study and executive director of research at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. One in three American adults has high blood pressure, considered 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and over, according to the National Institutes of Health. Having high blood pressure increases a person’s risk of heart disease and stroke. The condition costs the U.S.
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Asparagus lowers blood pressure
New properties continue to be discovered in various plant based foods, and now there is evidence that asparagus is especially healthy for the cardiovascular system by lowering blood pressure . ACE inhibitors are often prescribed for high blood pressure. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors prevent the enzyme from producing angiotensin II in the body, which constricts the blood vessels and raises blood pressure. ACE inhibitors help relax blood vessels, preventing them from narrowing and causing high blood pressure. Researchers have found that asparagus contains an ACE inhibitor identified as 2-hydroxynicotianamine which has been shown to lower blood pressure and help preserve kidney function.
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