This chapter addresses the possible role of flavonoids in the prevention and treatment of hypertension. It begins with a concise description and the probable causes of hypertension. Comorbidity rates, as well as the resultant widespread financial impacts on the health system associated with hypertension, are mentioned. Current medical antihypertensive treatments are briefly summarized, along with the side effects considered partially responsible for patient noncompliance with therapies. Dietary suggestions and alternative herbal remedies are reviewed, leading into a discussion of flavonoids — plant substances gaining popularity for their prevention and remedial effects on a variety of diseases and ailments. Studies of the blood pressure lowering effects of flavonoid ingestion are cited.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Nutrition and Heart Disease|
|Subtitle of host publication||Causation and Prevention|
|Number of pages||23|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2003|
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