I’m really excited to tell you about a way I’ve found to enhance the Hamptons Diet. In fact, my patients are having such great success with this, I’m about to start writing an entirely new book incorporating it.
Of course the Hamptons Diet is already amazing. But I’ve found some new studies that show certain things, like amino acids, can do more than we once thought. So it seemed like a great opportunity to incorporate some of the most recent findings into my time-tested plan.
I’ve written about amino acids before so you may already know about how beneficial they are in helping to build and repair nearly every cell in your body and keep the aging process in check.
Well, there’s a brand new study out of the UK that found a surprising new benefit of amino acids: They also help keep your heart healthy.
The researchers in this study collected data from 1,898 sets of female twins between the ages of 18 and 75. First they looked at the types of foods these women ate most frequently, and then measured the pressure, flow, and viscosity of their blood, and thickness of their arteries.
The results showed that women who had higher intakes of seven specific amino acids–arginine, cysteine, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, leucine, and tyrosine–had significantly lower blood pressure compared to those with lower intakes of these amino acids.
To be specific, the women with the highest levels of these seven amino acids lowered their systolic blood pressure (the top number) by an average of 24.1 mmHg.
As I’ve mentioned before, even a small reduction in systolic blood pressure, for instance–5 mmHg–can potentially reduce the incidence of stroke, heart disease and an early death.
So the results of this study are nothing short of amazing.
Researchers singled out five of the seven amino acids for playing a significant role in reducing hypertension: glutamic acid, arginine, glycine, cysteine, and histidine. These particular amino acids affect levels of nitric oxide, which helps dilate blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more freely. (Which, in turn, reduces blood pressure.)
But it gets even better, because evidence shows the remaining two amino acids in this group influence healthy blood sugar levels. In particular, leucine aids in insulin signaling, while cysteine helps with glucose uptake. And as I’ve said many times before, unbalanced blood sugar and diabetes go hand in hand with heart disease.
I’ll be talking about amino acids a lot more in the coming months, as I gather all the latest science for my new book. From what I’ve seen so far — both in medical journals and in my patients — amino acids hold a wealth of potential for improving just about every aspect of your health.
But in the meantime, this is what I recommend for keeping your blood pressure in check:
- Eat plenty of protein. I recommend including protein in every meal. And animal protein is the best source of the essential amino acids your body needs.
- Steer clear of sugar, in all its forms. That includes soda, juice, pasta and desserts.
- Follow my Hamptons Diet. Like I said above, it’s still a proven winner when it comes to keeping you healthy, from head to toe. Like all of the other conditions it helps control, your blood pressure will even out naturally when you start following it.
- Get at least 10-15 minutes of exercise per day (more if you can).
Following these simple steps will help rein in your blood pressure. Start there, and then add a quality amino acid supplement to the mix. You’ll be amazed at the effectiveness.
It’s certainly a much better — and safer — approach than any of the blood pressure drugs out there.