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Probiotic-rich diet ‘can help improve blood pressure’

22nd July 2014

Consuming a large quantity of foods with probiotic content can have a modest positive effect on a person's blood pressure.

This is according to a new study from Griffith University in Queensland, which analysed results of nine high-quality studies examining blood pressure and probiotic consumption in 543 adults with normal and elevated blood pressure.

Probiotic consumption was shown to lower systolic blood pressure by an average of 3.56 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and diastolic blood pressure by 2.38 mm Hg. The impact was most pronounced among those with high blood pressure levels.

It is thought that this occurs due to the wider positive effects probiotics have on health, including lowering unhealthy cholesterol and blood glucose levels, and improving hormonal regulation.

Dr Jing Sun, lead author and senior lecturer at Griffith University, said: "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."

Probiotics are live microorganisms that have beneficial health effects. They are typically found in yoghurt, fermented and sour milk and cheese, and specially-formulated supplements.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801736970-ADNFCR

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