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Popular Fermented Scandinavian Milk Drink Lowers Blood Pressure - Valio Brand

January 26th 2006 

Popular Fermented Scandinavian Milk Drink Lowers Blood Pressure - Valio Brand

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A popular Scandinavian fermented milk drink appears to reduce blood pressure using the same mechanism as common angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors pills. According to research published in the American Journal of Hypertension, the beverage will help reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension. 

The drinks are made by adding Lactobacillus to milk, which breaks down the milk protein called casein into two protein fragments.  These fragments, called tripeptides, have been shown to reduce blood pressure in animal studies and also people with mild hypertension. 

This study lasted for 10 weeks where 94 people with un-treated hypertension were divided into two groups.  One group drank 150 ml of fermented milk while the other did not.  Participants had their blood pressure monitored.

 

After 10 weeks there was a noticeable difference in blood pressures.  The group that drank the fermented milk had a lower systolic blood pressure of about four points.  Their diastolic blood pressure was about two points lower.  The systolic pressure is the top number and diastolic pressure is the lower number.

Lowering a persons blood pressure will also lower their risk of stroke and heart attack.  A spokesperson for Valio, one of the makers of the popular drink, told Reuters in an email interview that a three-point reduction in systolic blood pressure reduces the risk of stroke by 10 percent to 13 percent and the likelihood of heart attack by 7 percent.  Reuters reports Dr. Riita Korpela of Valio said "It is also important to notice, that this is a very natural way of treating enhanced blood pressure, without any adverse side effects”.

 
It has been know that a diet loaded with fruits and vegetables can also lower blood pressure.  In previous studies the “Dash Diet” has proven effective in lower blood pressure.  Also, new research from Israel has found that taking a daily capsule of tomato extract can lower blood pressure. There appears to be many dietary life choices that can lower blood pressure.
 
 
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