Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Diet part 3: Yogurt might help blood pressure

Last post talked about raising blood pressure via salt intake. Today, the news is a little more positive - about yogurt. I've been a fan of yogurt for years - and especially, lately, Greek yogurt, which generally contains more protein. So here's a link how yogurt is linked to lower blood pressure:
People who ate at least the equivalent of one serving every three days were 31% less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate no yogurt at all, Huifen Wang, PhD, of Tufts University in Boston, and colleagues found.
An even stronger effect was seen among individuals who were not taking antihypertensive drugs, according to their analysis of the Framingham Heart Study Offspring Cohort reported at the American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure Research meeting in Washington, D.C.
"Yogurt is a nutrient-dense, low-fat dairy product," the group noted. "Higher yogurt intake, as part of a healthy diet pattern, may be beneficial for blood pressure control and hypertension prevention.

High blood pressure, of course, is a leading stroke risk factor. So any reasonable way to maintain a normal blood pressure puts you ahead in the game!

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