Some lifestyle changes are very difficult to commit to. Others are decidedly more simple—even as easy as switching out the oil you normally buy.
Today we will look at a study researching the effects of an oil whose popularity is rising at breakneck pace, and for good reason.
A group of scientists in Brazil recently offered up convincing proof that an easy-to-find oil has very powerful effects on lowering blood pressure.
The biotechnologists at the Federal University of Paraiba wanted to see if there was any merit to the recent claims that coconut oil has positive effects on blood pressure.
What they found was clear and convincing. In their study, rats were separated into four groups: those that were fed coconut oil into their diets but were sedentary, those that were given no oil but exercised, those that were fed coconut oil and exercised, and those whose diets and exercise didn’t change at all.
What the scientists found wasn’t altogether surprising. They saw a drop in hypertension (high blood pressure) in rats who exercised, which they knew would happen. They also saw a drop in blood pressure for the sedentary coconut-oil-fed rats.
But the biggest drop—in fact, the cure—occurred when rats were made to both exercise and consume coconut oil at the same time.
The scientists have attributed the positive effects to the medium chain fatty acids in the oil. These act as extremely powerful antioxidants, eliminating the oxidative stress of free radicals attacking heart and blood vessel tissue.
Moreover, scientists found that the rats were more resistant to stress of all kinds in the coconut oil group, leading the researchers to conclude that there was an insulating effect in the baroreceptors in the heart tissue.
Coconut oil, due to its rising popularity, is becoming more easily available on store shelves all over the world. People use it in their salad oils, recipes, and even in smoothies. You can also replace butter in most cases with coconut oil.
With all this in mind, it is highly recommended that you use coconut oil as often as you can.
But how about exercise? How do you use it to double down on the nasty effects of high blood pressure?
The easiest, most effective way to lower blood pressure is by using three easy blood pressure exercises. Thousands of readers have used these exercises to bring their blood pressure below 120/80—sometimes from the very first day.