Aug 8, 2014
Probiotics Linked to Lower Blood Pressure
According to a new study, regularly consuming Probiotics can help lower blood pressure. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help maintain the health of the intestinal tract and aid in digestion. They also keep potentially harmful organisms in the gut under control. Probiotics have been found to enhance the digestion and absorption of proteins, fats, calcium, and phosphorus. There is also evidence to support that probiotics help reduce low LDL ("bad") cholesterol, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, in overweight people.
In a new study, researchers conducted clinical trials evaluating the effects of probiotics on blood pressure. Through data analyses, the researchers found that probiotic consumption was linked to a significant reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Greater drops in blood pressure occurred when multiple strains of probiotic species were consumed, rather than just one single species. The authors noted that significant changes in blood pressure were only found when probiotics were consumed for more than 8 weeks, and when probiotic doses were greater than 1,011 colony forming units daily.The authors concluded that regularly consuming probiotics, particularly multiple species of probiotics, might reduce blood pressure.