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Olive oil and blood pressure

Olive oil and blood pressure

Various researches have made it possible to observe the existence of a close link between the diet and the arterial pressure (or tension). Some foods actually promote the increase in blood pressure, regardless of their effect on body weight.

What is high blood pressure?

The increase in blood pressure is known as hypertension. We talk about high blood pressure when the blood pressure is higher than 140/90 mmHg.

Hypertension, or elevation of blood pressure, is one of the major risk factors for the development of atherosclerosis. With high levels of cholesterol, smoking, obesity and diabetes mellitus, hypertension is one of the major health problems in developed countries.

High blood pressure is favored, along with other risk factors, by certain lifestyle habits.

Hypertension, which affects one in four adults, increases the risk of premature death because it affects the arteries of the body, especially those that supply the heart, kidneys, brain and eyes.

Olive oil and blood pressure

Although the elements to which the antihypertensive effects of the Mediterranean diet are to be attributed have not yet been accurately identified, it has been shown that the introduction of olive oil into the diet had resulted in a decrease in blood pressure. The usual consumption of olive oil makes it possible to reduce the values of systolic (maximal) and diastolic (minimal) blood pressure.

It has recently been confirmed that the consumption of olive oil makes it possible to reduce the daily dose of hypotensive medication necessary to control the blood pressure of subjects suffering from hypertension, probably thanks to a better use of nitric oxide driven by polyphenols.

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Source: International Olive Oil Council (I.O.O.C)