• Better Blood Pressure with Probiotics

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    Better Blood Pressure with ProbioticsNew Research claimed consumption of Probiotics may improve and control your blood pressure. As part of a healthy lifestyle, it can reduce high blood pressure and maintain healthy blood pressure levels. Probiotics are live microorganisms usually consumed in yogurts, fermented and sour milk or food supplements.

    543 adults with both normal and high blood pressure underwent high-quality examinations concerning high blood pressure and probiotic consumption. Researchers identified results:

    • Probiotic consumption lowered systolic blood pressure (the top number) by an average 3.56 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and diastolic blood pressure (the lower number) by an average 2.38 mm Hg, compared to adults who didn’t consume probiotics.

    • The positive effects from probiotics on diastolic blood pressure were greatest in people whose blood pressure was equal to or greater than 130/85, which is considered elevated.

    • Consuming probiotics for less than eight weeks didn’t lower systolic or diastolic blood pressure.

    • Probiotic consumption with a daily bacteria volume of 109 (1 billion) colony-forming units and 1012 (1 trillion) colony-forming units (CFU) may improve blood pressure. CFU is the amount of bacteria or the dose of probiotics in a product. Consumption with less than 109 CFU didn’t lower blood pressure.

    • Probiotics with multiple bacteria lowered blood pressure more than those with single bacteria.

    Sources of probiotics in the study included yoghurt, fermented and sour milk and cheese, and probiotic supplements.

    According to Jing Sun, Ph.D., lead author and senior lecturer at the Griffith Health Institute and School of Medicine, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, Probiotics might help lower blood pressure through some other positive effects on health which includes the improvement of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein, decrease of blood glucose and insulin resistance. It helps in the regulation of the hormone system that regulates blood pressure and balance.

    Several studies and research have been done and analyzed. Though some were done with slight and little time, researchers, however, did not found evidence of its benefit.

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