Blood pressure, blood pressure, blood pressure. Commercials, those doctor TV shows, those TV doctor shows, friends, family, real-life doctors, labels on health foods, they are all obsessed with blood pressure. That’s not to say that blood pressure isn’t important (it very much is), but our constant singular focus on blood pressure might cause us to overlook an equally important underlying factor: arterial stiffness.
Arterial stiffness is caused by the aging process and arteriosclerosis. It is dangerous because it forces your heart to beat harder in order to pass blood through stiff, unresponsive veins. As arteries become more rigid, demands on the heart increase, eventually damaging it.
That’s not the only bad that can come from inflexible arteries. A study published in Hypertension found that arterial stiffness was a better indicator of future cognitive decline in healthy people than high blood pressure was. Hypertension has been previously linked to mild cognitive decline and dementia, but by assessing the veins of nearly 600 healthy adults, the researchers were better able to predict which ones were at the greatest risk of developing cognitive decline. Unsurprisingly, those who suffered from both arterial stiffness and high blood pressure were at the greatest risk but that the danger might be more from their adamant arteries.
From the Press Release
“Our study suggests that cognition in hypertensive individuals is more likely related to the underlying functional changes in the arterial structure, rather than simply to the blood pressure level”, adds Hajjar.
What Can Be Done About Arterial Stiffness?
It can be summed up in the two words that nobody likes to hear: Diet and exercise.
Add Red Rush Beet Juice To A Healthy Diet
The cool thing about beet juice is that it slides right into a DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension). Additionally, a study published in Clinical Nutrition Research found that high doses of dietary nitrate (the active ingredient in Red Rush) reduced post-meal arterial stiffness by almost 7 percent and systolic blood pressure by 5.9 mmHg. It improved the baseline indexes of both as well.
And Red Rush Can Help You Exercise!
Exercise has been shown in several studies to improve the health of your veins. There is even evidence that exercise can restore proper vein functioning in formerly sedentary people and/or older adults. Dietary nitrate makes exercise about 10% easier. (Wider, flexible veins boost performance by almost all accounts). This means that Red Rush will not only assist you diet-wise, it can also be employed to give you a kick-start in the exercise department as well.