Increasing Intake of Dietary Fiber Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

Too much salt or stress  in your life? Maybe this might be the answer to at least helping the situation out somewhat out.

Overall, the results showed that adding fiber to the diet was associated with a significant reduction in both systolic (the top number in a blood pressure reading) and diastolic (the bottom number) blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.

In studies lasting at least eight weeks, the average reduction in blood pressure was 3.12 mmHg systolic and 2.57 mmHg diastolic.

A small drop in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings was also seen in people without high blood pressure.

“Our results suggest that increased dietary fiber consumption may provide a safe and acceptable means to reduce blood pressure in patients with hypertension,” write Whelton and colleagues. “Increased intake of fruits and vegetables may provide the best means to supplement dietary fiber intake because of its potential beneficial health effects.”

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