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Spice Down Your Blood Pressure

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 04:18 PM Current | Bio | Archive

He's eaten smoking-hot wings with actor Bob Saget, who began hiccupping uncontrollably; astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sneezed while talking about black holes with him; and comedian Ricky Gervais yelled into his napkin.

His name is Sean Evans, and his YouTube series "Hot Ones" has more than 2 million subscribers. It seems that watching people eat super-spicy foods is highly entertaining.

But that's not all. According to the results of a new study, eating capsaicin — the main hot and spicy component of chili peppers — might help you reduce your sodium intake.

For the study, researchers looked at brain scans of over 600 people and discovered that the areas that responded to spicy and salty foods overlap, and eating spicy foods reduces salt cravings.

This comes on the heels of info that capsaicin is a vasodilator, which help lower blood pressure.

These findings are especially helpful given recent guidelines that lowered the threshold for high blood pressure to 130/80, making it clear that even this degree of high blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Anyone with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or kidney problems should have only 1,500 mg of sodium daily.

If you have salt-sensitive high blood pressure (less than 0.5 percent of people do), excess sodium is deadly.

To find out if that's you, measure your BP; then go off all salt for five days, and measure again. Your BP should dip more than 20/10.

Everyone else should aim for around 2,300 mg daily.

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