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Effect of a Heart-Targeted Dietary Program on Blood Pressure: Summary Data and a Series of Case Reports.

One-third of the United States adult population has hypertension, of which only about half are well controlled. Besides obesity, the over consumption of sodium and the lack of potassium in the diet are the major causes of high blood pressure. We explored the effect of a heart-targeted dietary program, consisting of three nutrient-dense foods, which provided nearly 100% of the daily need for each vitamin and mineral, except sodium and chloride. Over two months, seven hypertensive and obese participants (one was normal weight) followed the dietary program. In exchange for free food and a blood pressure monitoring device, participants provided weekly, self-reported information about blood pressure, body weight, and quality of life indicators. The mean morning blood pressure readings decreased at week 4, and by week 8 had a better lowering effect than antihypertensive of 10-20%. The heart-targeted dietary program produced more of a lowering effect than the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), which is the main dietary treatment of hypertension. At the end of the study, systolic blood pressure was 3 to 5 times lower than the DASH diet, and the diastolic pressure was 4 to 6 times lower. Average weight loss was 8 kg, and there was a decrease in 3 Body Mass Index units (kg/m2). Indicators of quality of life improved for summaries of physical function and mental health as a comparison to a healthy population. In addition, other things improved such as having a better overall feeling of wellbeing, having more energy, and eating a better diet. New approaches are needed to lower blood pressure. Drugs take longer to become effective (3 months or longer), are more costly than dietary management, and have side effects not seen with a dietary intervention. Compared to individuals without hypertension, those with it have higher annual prescription medication costs ($2,371 vs. $814) and total medical expenditures ($9,089 vs. $4,172). The DASH is less effective than the targeted-heart program and recommends foods that are not usually consumed. The heart-targeted dietary program includes foods that the participants enjoyed, and replaced as their regular meals, rather than being additive. A home cooked meal costs about $9.31, with $4.31 for the food and $5.00 for labor; each nutrient-dense meal costs about $2.75 per serving. The heart-targeted dietary program may offer a more effective, less expensive, faster approach to treating hypertension than either pharmaceuticals or the DASH diet.

Key words: Diet; Blood Pressure; Nutrients; Heart Health

Bell, S., & Baker, R. M. (2018). Effect of a Heart-Targeted Dietary Program on Blood Pressure: Summary Data and a Series of Case Reports. Medical Journal of Clinical Trials & Case Studies, 1-9.

Nutrient-Dense Foods Make You Feel Better: What Our Customers Tell Us

When social media became widely available in the early 2000s, corporation-generated advertisements changed. Companies learned customer responses were believable, important for product design, and they led to sales. The purpose of this study was to conduct an Audit asking customers what changes they experienced after eating The Company’s nutrient-rich meals, called Nutrient Complete MealsTM. One Audit was for the general pool of customers, who regularly consumed The Company’s meals. A second Audit was for a customer group, who regularly consumed a brain-targeted shake. Response rate to both Audits was 30%, which is twice the norm. The majority of the customers reported improvements in a wide variety of things: wellbeing (e.g., improved energy and sleep; feeling better); beauty (e.g., better looking hair, skin, and nails); satiety (e.g., fullness, reduced cravings); weight (e.g., weight loss, reduction in waist circumference); and general health (e.g., better medical results, lower blood pressure, and less joint pain). The Company’s customers experienced these positive benefits within a few months, and the only intervention was the inclusion of Nutrient Complete Meals. The changes can be explained because the dietary habits of these customers were like most other Americans – lacking in nutrients and rich in things that promote chronic disease – salt, sugar, saturated fat, and excess calories. Eating the nutrient-dense foods allows the body to repair some of the damage caused by a poor diet, leading to an improved feeling of wellbeing and better health. Nutrient Complete Meals may provide a long-term solution to correct poor eating habits and improving health. Key words: Nutrient-Dense Foods; Health Outcomes; Quality of Life Indicators

Bell, S., & , R. M. (2018). Nutrient-Dense Foods Make You Feel Better: What Our Customers Tell Us Medical Journal of Clinical Trials & Case Studies, 1-9.

Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
2019 Annual Conference & Exhibition Nutrient-dense foods and health April 10-12, 2019 Fort Worth, Texas

Vitamins and minerals are essential for life, yet few people consume the required amounts daily. Food labels show only a few nutrients that are in foods, so it is difficult for the public to determine what they are getting. Over a lifetime, the dearth of essential nutrients in the diet accelerates aging and increases the risk of chronic disease, according to Dr. Bruce Ames’ “nutrient triaging” theory. The use of nutrient-dense foods has been shown to promote satiety, which leads to weight loss and decreases in waist circumference. Changes in both measures reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. In addition, nutrient-dense foods have been shown to reduce blood pressure and body weight in overweight, hypertensive individuals. The mechanisms of action have not been elucidated, but certainly weight loss of even 5% lowers blood pressure. Also, selected nutrients (i.e., potassium and omega-3s) lower blood pressure. A review of the literature on the effect of nutrients on health will be presented.

The 47th Annual Conference of the American Osteopathic Society of Rheumatologic Diseases

March 8, 2019 - March 10, 2019
It is no surprise that so many patients have rheumatic diseases. The diet consumed by most individuals is highly inflammatory, which is caused by the dysbalance between over-consuming sugar, salt, saturated fats, and red meats and under-consuming nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and seafood. This inflammatory dietary pattern and lack of essential nutrients promotes obesity, which further exacerbates rheumatic conditions. Dietary habits are hard to change, but we determined that commercially available, nutrient-dense foods may be beneficial. Each food has fewer than 450 kcal, yet contains at least 10 grams of dietary protein and 20% Daily Value (DV) for each vitamin and mineral (except sodium and chloride), fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, sugar and saturated fat are limited, and there are no artificial ingredients (e.g., flavors, colors, GMOs). Overweight and obese patients, who consumed five of these nutrient-dense foods daily, experienced significant weight loss (at least 5%) after 21 days, and continued losing weight over three months. Satiety was excellent and participants reported having more energy, sleeping better, and generally feeling healthier. In addition, the daily consumption of three nutrient-dense foods lowered blood pressure by 10-20% after two months in hypertensive patients. This is commensurate to pharmaceutical interventions. Osteopaths embrace the concept of a lifestyle medicine, including a healthy diet, and may find that these nutrient-dense foods offer a new approach to managing rheumatic diseases, body weight, and blood pressure.