Combination of coconut oil and excerise reduces blood pressure to normal levels

coA study published by the Biotechnology Center at the Federal University of Paraiba in Brazil has revealed that the combination of and excercise acts to return to normal ranges. Coconut’s possesses a unique combination of fatty acids shown to improve health in diverse ways.

The researchers used rat models suffering from to test their theory that a combination of daily intake and exercise training would restore baroreflex sensitivity and reduce oxidative stress, resulting in reduction in blood pressure.

It was determined, during the 5 weeks of study, that the combination of and exercise training acted by reducing weight gain compared to rats that were given saline and were not exposed to the exercise training protocol.

Although either supplementation or exercise training was shown to reduce blood pressure, only the combination of oil and exercise training reduced blood pressure back to normal blood pressure range. The researchers theorized that reduction in blood pressure is caused by the combination of supplementation and exercise training which reduced baroreflex sensitivity and reduced oxidative stress in the serum, heart and aorta.

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


supplementation and physical exercise improves baroreflex sensitivity and oxidative stress in hypertensive rats. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and , 10.1139/apnm-2014-0351

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