Coconut Oil and Exercise: Nature’s Blood Pressure Medicine?

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Photo Credit: Phu Thinh Co

Photo Credit: Phu Thinh Co

Coconut oil and exercise could be the winning combination to reduce blood pressure, according to new research.

Researchers for the Biotechnology Center at Federal University of Paraiba in Brazil looked at a group of spontaneously hypersensitive rats to see if blood pressure could be reduced when given coconut oil, along with an exercise regimen. The study was published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

In the five week study, researchers noted that the rats that were exercised and fed daily doses of the oil lost weight. While it’s accepted that coconut oil and exercise can impact blood pressure separately, researchers noted that when paired together the duo could bring blood pressure back to normotensive values. They linked this to a minimized oxidative stress in the serum, heart and aorta, as well as minimized baroreflex sensitivity. These results could translate to positive news for those seeking to reduce blood pressure naturally. Co-Author of the study, Dr. Valdir de Andrade Braga, further explains the studies implications.

“This is an important finding as coconut oil is currently being considered a popular “superfood” and it is being consumed by athletes and the general population who seek a healthy life style,” he says. “The possibility of using coconut oil as an adjuvant to treat hypertension adds to the long list of benefits associated with its consumption. Our next step is to start some clinical trials in order to verify whether we can reproduce those findings in hypertensive human patients.”

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