Secret Cause of High Blood Pressure – REVEALED!
Allow me to let you in on a little secret.
High blood pressure’s one of those things most docs can only guess at.
Sure, the numbers don’t lie… and just a few too-high readings are enough to make a diagnosis…
But finding the cause?
That could be anything, from family history… to diet and lifestyle issues… to underlying kidney disease…
And until you’ve cycled through dozens of drugs and potential solutions, your doc’s got NO IDEA which is right.
At least… that’s how things used to be.
Now, though, a genius group of American researchers have just identified the SECRET CAUSE of your risky, heart-wrecking hypertension…
It’s a crazy-important nutrient that’s found in some of your favorite foods, but here’s the problem…
YOU’RE NOT GETTING ENOUGH OF IT!
I’m talking, of course, about zinc.
In the study, published early this year in the American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology, researchers from Wright State and Emory universities set out to investigate the mechanisms that cause high blood pressure.
First, they observed that mice fed a low-zinc diet went on to develop hypertension.
Then, they split those mice into two groups, with one half eating a higher-zinc diet and the other supplementing with hydrochlorothiazide, a drug that inhibits something called NCC.
That’s a cotransporter in the kidneys that absorbs sodium from your urine and feeds it back into your body, increasing your blood pressure.
And here’s where things start to get interesting…
Because BOTH GROUPS OF MICE saw lowered blood pressure!
Their levels actually returned to normal, suggesting that both zinc and hydrochlorothiazide work in similar ways… by DECREASING those NCC levels.
Specifically, zinc may influence a protein that moderates NCC, experts say.
And when NCC is inhibited, it stops reabsorbing sodium, allowing more of it to be excreted in your urine – NOT reintroduced to your bloodstream – so your blood pressure DOESN’T rise.
But that’s not even the best part…
Because while Scientific Reports suggests that 1.1 billion people are zinc-deficient, many filling and flavorful foods actually contain high amounts of the nutrient.
If you or a loved one are worried you might be deficient – usually signaled by hair loss, slowed growth, or reduced appetite – try upping your intake of whole grains, dairy, and red meat.
Or for an added punch, consider taking a zinc supplement – readily available at nearly all big-box retailers and local pharmacies.
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