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Is High Blood Pressure Stressing You Out? Eat Seafood

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Some people love and eat seafood frequently. I recommend enjoying it 4-5x per week. Others can’t even think about it. Fortunately there are options for both parties and I think I can even help the seafood haters to incorporate some anchovies. If you’re skeptical, read on!

I am a big proponent of seafood, as it truly is the best way to get your fish oils. Food is always recommended over pill.

Oily fish such as salmon and sardines are rich in long chain omega 3 fatty acids, which we know are great for the heart. Omega 3’s lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation. One potential action of the oily fish is that the oils interact with potassium channels causing them to open, thereby dilating blood vessels.

Inflammation’s Impact on Blood Pressure

Inflammation is one of the root causes of disease and is well known to play a significant role in chronic heart issues like high blood pressure. Women with increased inflammation have a 7 fold increase in heart attack or stroke.

We see higher inflammatory markers in people with high blood pressure and frequently test these and other markers to develop a plan to resolve high blood pressure.

Overall, people don’t get nearly enough fish in their diet, and this is one factor we can change for better heart health

Which fish should you eat?

Stay away from the larger fish which have higher levels of mercury such as shark, swordfish and king mackerel. My favorite options are wild alaskan salmon, sardines and anchovies. You can’t eat anchovies you say? Try this salad dressing! You will never know it is chock full of anchovies: Super Immunity Salad Dressing.

Salmon and sardines are the best oily fish and are a decent source of Vitamin D. Sardines contain bones you can eat, they add a nice crunch and are a good source of calcium and phosphorus. Always source the ones with bones and skin for that extra nourishment. Fresh is best when possible.

Shellfish are a great source of selenium, zinc, iodine and copper. Try this fantastic recipe for New England Clam Chowder.

Fish oil is great for the immune system, it supercharges macrophages which destroy bacteria and make platelets less sticky, potentially reducing blood clots.

Eskimos consume a high fat diet from the sea and are shown to have much lower rates of heart disease….until sugar was introduced that is.  Sugar is a better explanation for the rising rates in heart disease: One study found  “the rise in sugar intake paralleled the rise in heart disease in the Greenland Eskimo,” , just as Weston A Price found that an increase in “westernized” foods caused disease.

Could we consider eating fish as a blood pressure lowering drug? It is one effective way to help reduce high blood pressure and may be just what you need.  Since more than ⅓ of people prescribed blood pressure meds don’t respond, it is worth eating more fish!

Sourcing your fish is important. We get our fish from Vital Choice as they provide only the highest quality.

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