High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major problem. It puts you at risk for all sorts of other health conditions, including venous insufficiency, heart attack and stroke. So, obviously, it’s important to maintain a healthy blood pressure level. And, according to studies, there’s one group of foods that can help you do that: the ones that are packed with probiotics.
How Probiotics Can Lower Your Blood Pressure
You probably already know that probiotics (live, good-for-you, bacteria) can help your gut and digestion. But did you also know that eating probiotics can help lower your body? Yup, that’s right!
According to research conducted at the Griffith Health Institute and School of Medicine in Australia, consuming probiotic-packed foods (not just supplements) can help lower your blood pressure. Some of the best food sources for probiotics include yogurt, tempeh, sauerkraut and kimchi.
So, how did researchers find the connection between food and blood pressure? To reach their findings, Dr. Jing Sun and his team analyzed 543 with normal or high blood pressure. Next, they pored over studies that addressed their probiotic consumption.
And here’s what they found. Adults consuming probiotics daily for eight weeks or more had significantly lower systolic (pressure in the arteries when the heart beats) and diastolic (pressure in the arteries between heartbeats) blood pressure compared with those who didn’t eat probiotic-rich food.
Given the negative effects of high blood pressure, adding probiotic food sources to your diet should be a no-brainer. After all, it’s one of the few, drug-free methods out there to help take control of your blood pressure and stave off vein disease.