Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Soda Linked to Narrow Arteries

New research has emerged this week regarding heart health and ‘fizzy drinks in childhood.’ The study, conducted by the University of Sydney’s Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, found that children 12-years-old who drank soda had ‘narrower arteries in the back of their eyes.’

What does this mean? Narrow arteries in any part of the body are a sign of poor circulation and possible plaque build-up from cholesterol. Narrow arteries, or clogged or blocked arteries, is a sign of future heart disease and many other cardiovascular complications.

In this recent study, the 12-year-olds, 2,000 of them, who took part drank one of more soda a day. Because of this over-abundance of soda, sugar, cholesterol and calories the children were found to have narrow arteries, ‘a factor associated with increased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.’

High blood pressure, a direct result of narrow arteries, can be remedied with proper diet, exercise, and arginine supplements like Cardio Juvenate Plus. Arginine is a proven precursor to Nitric Oxide, the molecule that improves cardiovascular health and decreases your risk for heart disease.

According to ABC.net in Australia, the Institute’s Dr. Bamini Gopinath says the results reinforce the importance of a healthy diet.

"This is just another piece of evidence to show that fizzy drinks really aren't that good for our children," Dr Gopinath said.

"More studies like this would build a strong evidence base to perhaps bring about change in policy and practice and in the way foods are products are marketed or advertised to our children."

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