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Reducing arterial stiffness could reduce risk of dementia

December 6th, 2018

A new study by the University College London & Cardiff University has presented that people aged 50, whose blood pressure is higher than normal are at risk of developing dementia.

The study suggests that irregular pulse rates in middle age could be an early indicator of cognitive decline in later life. Researchers looked into the link between stiffness of the arteries and the development of memory issues. If arteries are hardening, due to the build-up of fatty plaques and inflammation blood pressure can rise and damage arteries which can raise the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

The recent findings were published in the European Heart Journal; they are part of the long running UCL based study of over 10,000 civil servants which started in 1985. Participants were aged 35-55 and had their blood pressure measured in 1985, 1991, 1997, 2003 and most recently in 2015.

Those who had stiffer arteries at the start of the experiment were twice as likely to be suffering from cognitive decline problems with memory after 10 years as those who did not.  Among the candidates analysed for this study, 385 developed dementia by 2017 at an average age of 75.

It is still unknown exactly how arterial stiffness leads to dementia but it is thought that healthy, elastic arteries cushion some pressure of the blood travelling towards the brain. A possible theory linking raised blood pressure and dementia include the fact that high blood pressure is associated with mini stokes- symptoms of this often go unnoticed.

Dr Abell said: “It is important to emphasise that this is observational, population-level research and so these findings do not translate directly into implications for individual patients. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that maintaining a healthy blood pressure in middle age is important for both your heart and your brain later in life. Anyone who is concerned about their blood pressure levels should consult their GP.”

How can you help to soften your arteries?

  • Regular exercise can help to maintain the health of blood vessels leading to the heart. Exercise can also strengthen the heart muscle itself, for overall better heart health.
  • Stop smoking, this is a very important change you can make to reduce your risk of heart disease or a stroke.
  • Control your cholesterol and make better decisions around your diet.


Supplements to aid a healthy cardiovascular system

Nitric oxide is a unique molecule that is known to improve blood flow throughout the body, this is due to relaxing the smooth muscle of the endothelium (the inner lining of the blood vessel walls).

Nitric-Pro4 is a cardiovascular drink that works in 40 minutes to soften your arteries for better blood flow and a healthy heart.

Using Nitric-Pro4 regularly can benefit in numerous ways; these include:

  • The ability to help lower and normalize high-blood pressure conditions.
  • Softening arteries and reducing the risk of cardiovascular conditions.
  • Improving blood flow around the body.


Ventfort® is the blood cell peptide bioregulator, which improves the performance of the blood vessels. The peptide helps the tropism of the vascular wall and controls their metabolic processes. By normalising the functional and morphological changes in the vascular wall, they regulate blood and cholesterol to decrease the risk of various vascular issues.

Another key peptide that can be used in combination is Chelohart®, it works to regulate the heart and combat heart related conditions such as: coronary artery disease, hypertensions, hypertonia, myocarditis, atrial fibrillation and heart failure.


Supplement information:
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Further Reading
1.) Moderately high blood pressure linked to higher dementia risk:

2.) Reducing arterial stiffness could reduce the risk of dementia, new study suggests:




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