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Study Shows How A Mediterranean Diet Reduces Blood Pressure

May 19, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
British scientists explain in a study in mice why the Mediterranean diet has been associated in earlier research with reductions in hypertension. The diet is rich in unsaturated fats from olive oil, nuts and avocados, and in nitrates and nitrites from spinach, celery and carrots. Combining unsaturated fatty acids and nitrogen compounds creates nitro fatty acids, which inhibit an enzyme known as epoxide hyrdrolase that in turn lowers blood pressure.
Rebecca L. Charles et al., "Protection from hypertension in mice by the Mediterranean diet is mediated by nitro fatty acid inhibition of soluble epoxide hydrolase. ", PNAS, May 19, 2014, © National Academy of Sciences
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