Probiotics May Reduce High Blood Pressure : Study
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Probiotics May Reduce High Blood Pressure : Study

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 24 Jul 2014 - 13:57

Probiotics

Probiotics, which are basically live organisms present in certain foods like yogurt and diet supplements is known to boost digestive health. A recent study reveals how consumption of Probiotics could also help improve blood pressure levels.

"The small collection of studies we looked at suggest regular consumption of probiotics can be part of a healthy lifestyle to help reduce high blood pressure, as well as maintain healthy blood pressure levels," Jing Sun, Ph.D., lead author and senior lecturer at the Griffith Health Institute and School of Medicine, Griffith University, explained. "This includes probiotics in yogurt, fermented and sour milk and cheese, and probiotic supplements."

The researchers examined 543 adults and checked how consumption of probiotics affected their blood pressure levels. They found the following-

  • Consumption of probiotics for a period of less than 8 weeks could not actually be effective in lowering systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
  • Probiotic consumption of a daily bacterial volume of 109-10 12 colony forming units a day could improve blood pressure.
  • Consumption of probiotics also reduced the systolic blood pressure by a considerable average.
  • Probiotics that contained multiple bacteria lowered blood pressure better than probiotics that contain single bacteria.

The researchers speculate that Probiotics work by improving total cholesterol and LDL levels and reducing blood glucose levels and insulin resistance, thereby regulating the hormonal system that is thought to play a role in maintaining blood pressure.

References:

Journal: Hypertension - Effect of Probiotics on Blood Pressure: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized, Controlled Trials

American Heart Association - Eating probiotics regularly may improve your blood pressure

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