Tag Archives: Hypertension

Garlic and Hypertension

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By: Fernando Gonzalez, CSUN Dietetic Intern Cohort 2021-2023

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common condition in which the force of blood pushing against the artery wall is too high.1 Though it often presents no symptoms, high blood pressure may lead to heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.2 Many individuals currently treat their high blood pressure with prescribed medication, however, many are left dissatisfied as the medication is often riddled with discomforting side effects such as headaches and nausea.3 Due to these side effects, a wave of people have grown interest in finding a “natural way” to treat their hypertension, such as using garlic. Let’s discuss the therapeutic properties of garlic, what research tells us, and what the contraindications might be before deciding to treat high blood pressure with garlic.  

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10 Foods that Contribute to a High Sodium Diet

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By Laura Ann Horwitz, CSUN DPD* Student

This is the first of a four part series of articles on Sodium, one of the essential micronutrients needed by our body for proper functioning and development.1  Why should you care about how much sodium is in your diet?  Consuming too much sodium increases your risk of high blood pressure, putting you in danger of experiencing heart disease or having a heart attack or stroke.1 Recommended daily guidelines of sodium consumption for Americans are less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) every day.2  Each of the articles in this series will focus on different aspects of sodium in your diet, and how making small, healthy changes in the amounts you consume will improve your overall health. Continue reading