Scandinavian Milk Drink Lowers Blood Pressure - Valio Brand
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
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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