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Probiotics Could Help Treat High Blood Pressure, Says Study

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You’ve heard of probiotics, right?

They are organisms, such as bacteria or yeast, that are considered “friendly” and can improve health. Eating probiotics in supplement form or in foods can help prevent digestive problems by improving intestinal function, and are also being studied for benefits in colon cancer, skin infections and irritable bowel syndrome.

The PreD University Nutrition Plan includes probiotic foods such as yogurt, kefir, dark chocolate, and tempeh. Probiotic supplementation may be recommended by your doctor if you are lactose intolerant. Of course, probiotics aren’t suitable for everyone, including young children, the elderly and people who have weak immune systems, say experts.

Here’s the latest news on probiotics: A new study published in the journal Hypertension found that regularly taking probiotics can help lower high blood pressure.

In the study of more than 500 adults, people who consumed probiotics for more than two months had an average reduction in systolic blood pressure of about 3.6 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and an average reduction in diastolic blood pressure of about 2.4 mm Hg, compared to people who did not take probiotics.

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