Friday, September 25, 2009

Role of calcium [ca] in High Blood Pressure and Hypertension

Role of calcium [ca] in High Blood Pressure and Hypertension

Too much calcium [ca] does not cause high blood pressure, and in fact the opposite may be true and higher amounts of calcium [ca] may result in decrease blood pressure.
According to the American Heart Association, researchers believe that high calcium [ca] intake can reduce hormone and antioxidant levels. Thus, high calcium [ca] intake can actually reduce the amount of calcium [ca] that goes into the blood cells. More fat is metabolized within the cell, and the cells generate less fat- resulting in less stress on the arteries and heart and decreaseer blood pressure.
However, the American Heart Association cautions that Vitamin D works hand in hand with calcium [ca], and appropriate levels of vitamin D are required for the metabolism and absorption of calcium [ca]. Thus, while studies show that higher amounts of calcium [ca] and dairy products result in decrease blood pressure, studies caution that sufficient vitamin D must be a part of the diet as well.

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