A new study has discovered some interesting health benefits of probiotic yogurts and its supplements. The researchers say probiotic yogurts may help in lowering blood pressure and cut heart attack or stroke risk by a fifth if included in diet on regular basis.
Probiotics, also called, friendly bacteria, are good for improving gut health.
According to the researchers, yogurts or drinks containing probiotics can be wonderful in treating your blood pressure problem.
“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, Lead study author, Dr Jing Sun while writing in the journal Hypertension.
Sun is senior lecturer at the Griffith Health Institute and School of Medicine in Queensland, Australia.
“This includes probiotics in yogurt, fermented and sour milk and cheese, and probiotic supplements,” Sun further said.
The researchers concluded the findings following analysis of nine research studies. The studies included over 500 people with elevated blood pressure. The researchers say the participants shown remarkable improvement in their BP-levels after they started consuming probiotics for more than eight weeks.
During the study, the researchers found that consumption of probiotics cut down the first number in a blood pressure reading i.e. systolic blood pressure or hypertension by an average 3.56 millimetres of mercury.
However, the second number in a reading i.e. diastolic blood pressure, was lowered by an average 2.38mm Hg, compared with adults who didn’t consume probiotics.
The researchers then compared the results to another study that said that a minute smaller drop in BP cut the death risk from a heart attack or stroke by a fifth.
“The reduction reported by the current meta-analysis is modest; however, even a small reduction of blood pressure may have important public health benefits and cardiovascular consequences. Dr Sun said while adding, “The findings from the Heart Outcome Prevention Evaluation study showed that a modest reduction of systolic blood pressure by 3.3mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by 1.4mm Hg was associated with a 22 per cent reduction in relative risk of cardiovascular mortality, heart attack or stroke.”
The author noted that similar health results, including lowering of BP and cutting heart attack risk, were found in people who reduced consumption of salt from an average of six grams per day to four grams.
High blood pressure is a condition in which many people are unable to be aware about what actually they are suffering from. High blood pressure shows no particular symptom, making it a “silent killer.”
Top 3 factors responsible for high BP or heart ailment:
- An unhealthy diet
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Lack of exercise
Untreated hypertension increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Hypertension can also damage the kidneys and increase the risk of blindness and dementia. However, the scientists say high blood pressure can time and again be eluded and efficiently cured.