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We all have heard that eating probiotics – “good” bacteria – keeps us healthy by aiding digestion, intestinal function and protecting against harmful bacteria. But the new research published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension suggests that eating probiotics could help lower blood pressure as well.
Probiotics, the naturally present live microorganisms in our gut, are also present in live-cultured yogurt, some fermented vegetables and aged cheeses.
Based on the past research that probiotics are good for our health, many supplement manufacturers have developed products containing different and multiple strains of probiotics.
In a new research at Griffith Health Institute and School of Medicine at Griffith University in Australia, Jing Sun, PhD, and her team analyzed nine high-quality studies that assessed the probiotic consumption of 543 adults who had either normal or high blood pressure. Based on his analysis, Sun suggests that consuming probiotics from food sources and dietary supplements may improve blood pressure. Sun and his team found that:
This chart reflects blood pressure categories defined by the American Heart Association.
mm Hg (upper #)
mm Hg (lower #)
|Normal||less than 120||and||less than 80|
|Prehypertension||120 – 139||or||80 – 89|
|High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 1
|140 – 159||or||90 – 99|
|High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 2
|160 or higher||or||100 or higher|
(Emergency care needed)
|Higher than 180||or||Higher than 110|
Commenting on the team’s findings, Sun says:
“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.”
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