Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Seaweed and cardiovascular disease

The polysaccharides in brown seaweeds are believed to have many properties which protect against and be useful in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, in particular, coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disorders and artherosclorosis (the furring of arteries).  Artherosclorosis can lead to narrowing of the arteries which in turn restricts blood flow. If a clot is in the blood, it may get stuck in a narrow artery leading to a stroke or heart attack.

They also help regulate blood lipid levels and blood sugar which can be factors causing cardiovascular disease. Enzymes involved in the beta-oxidation of fatty acids are also activated by the polysaccharides. This also helps regulate blood lipid levels and prevent hyperlipidemia (high fat levels in the blood)

Seagreens may also be beneficial to those people suffering from raised blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause strokes in severe cases and is known as the silent killer. There are rarely any symptoms with high blood pressure. Taking Seagreens daily and eating a healthy balanced diet, low in salt, combined with regular exercise can help lower blood pressure. Optimum blood pressure is 120/80.

Seaweed also helps control cholesterol levels which when raised can be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Seaweed can also help make blood less “sticky” (it has an anti-coagulant effect) which also helps it flow more freely around the body.

For more information visit www.seagreens.co.uk or email info@seagreens.co.uk or info@wisechoicenutrition.co.uk

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