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    Default Alpha Lipoic Acid Lowers Blood Pressure and Reduces Stroke Risk

    By John Phillip on 03/08/2011

    Slowly rising blood pressure as we age places millions of Americans at increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Medical practitioners and Big Pharma think the answer is prescribe a host of different pharmaceuticals until a magical number is achieved artificially. Research has rapidly emerged to demonstrate that reaching a normal blood pressure using drugs is not the same as lowering blood pressure naturally.
    In fact, using drugs to lower blood pressure can contribute to a host of damaging side effects including death. Fortunately you can take advantage of nature’s treasure of antioxidants from fruits and vegetables and supplement with lipoic acid to dramatically lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.

    Protein Damage Contributes to High Blood Pressure
    For the first time, researchers have discovered the actual underlying cause of high blood pressure and the best way to alleviate the problem at its source. The result of a study published in the journal Nature demonstrated that a key regulatory protein that controls blood pressure is damaged by the normal wear and tear caused by free radicals. The protein angiotensinogen becomes damaged through free radical assault and leads to hypertension.

    Researchers found that a low antioxidant status was indicative of increased blood pressure. Insufficient circulating antioxidants allow damage to angiotensinogen protein molecules and loss of blood pressure regulation. The study determined that simply increasing antioxidant status was not enough to fully lower blood pressure readings and found that other mitigating factors such as stress, being overweight, and insulin resistance generated high levels of free radical damage. When these factors were addressed and controlled, increased intake of antioxidants from natural food sources and supplementation effectively lowered blood pressure levels.

    Antioxidants Lower Risk of Stroke by 60%
    Stroke is a leading cause of disability and mortality in western society, largely due to damage to the delicate vascular network and the movement of blood clots through the body. Free radicals cause the endothelial lining of delicate blood vessels to become unstable and inflamed, greatly increasing the risk of an ischemic stroke. A study released in the Journal of Nutrition found that individuals with the highest antioxidant status were 60% less likely to suffer from a stroke. Vitamin C alone was found to lower the risk by 40%.

    Lipoic Acid Rejuvenates Antioxidant Status During Aging
    The human body functions at an advanced metabolic rate and our cellular mitochondria generate large amounts of free radicals that wreak damage in the process. Mitochondria are the energy producing structures in each cell and are particularly vulnerable to free radical damage. Details of a study published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Science demonstrated how lipoic acid is able to prevent damage to the mitochondria by providing a powerful antioxidant shield to the cellular structure. They found the `R-lipoic acid` form to be most effective.
    Energy production within our body generates large numbers of free radicals that are known to be the cause of aging and chronic conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. In addition to controlling external factors such as stress, weight and insulin resistance, increasing antioxidant status from raw foods and supplements is shown to slow the aging process and dramatically lower the risk of disease.

    Article References:
    “Tight Blood Pressure Control and Cardiovascular Outcomes Among Hypertensive Patients With Diabetes and Coronary Artery Disease,” JAMA, 2010;304(1):61-68. doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.884
    “Total Antioxidant Capacity of the Diet Is Associated with Lower Risk of Ischemic Stroke in a Large Italian Cohort,” J. Nutr, November 24, 2010 jn.110.125120
    “Pressor Responses to Antihypertensive Drug Types,” American Journal of Hypertension 23, 1031-1037 (September 2010) | doi:10.1038/ajh.2010.114
    “Vascular oxidative stress and inflammation increase with age: ameliorating effects of alpha-lipoic acid supplementation,” Ann N Y Acad Sci., 2010 Aug;1203:151-9.

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    Is this the right title????

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    According to the link, it is Alpha Lipoic Acid Lowers Blood Pressure and Reduces Stroke Risk.
    Aaltrude, do you want to change it? I think it got mixed up when you posted the other article on hidden causes of fatigue at the same time.

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    Title now changed. I was having problems posting to HH last night when I posted this. Things were taking forever to load and I guess I got mixed up while looking at other things while waiting.

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    Default Re: Overcoming hidden causes of fatigue

    It changed the title in the actual post but not in the forum. I have just checked again and can't find any way to change the forum title.

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    Default Re: Overcoming hidden causes of fatigue

    The title when I found it was a website (http etc.) so I made up a title that seemed to fit the subject. I can change the headline but not the subsequent ones in the replies. Sorry!

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    Thank you all for fixing it!

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