Individuals whose personal growth plan involves getting healthier and lowering their blood pressure may want to consider the findings of a recent study conducted at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans.
Researchers found through a randomized, controlled trial that individuals who took 40 grams of milk or soy protein in the form of a supplemental pill experienced significantly reduced systolic blood pressure, when compared to participants who were given a capsule containing simple carbohydrates.
"Some previous observational research on eating carbohydrates inconsistently suggested that a high carbohydrate diet might help reduce blood pressure," said lead researcher Jiang He, M.D., Ph.D. "In contrast, our clinical trial directly compares soy protein with milk protein on blood pressure, and shows they both lower blood pressure better than carbohydrates."
Authors of the study said high blood pressure is a "silent killer" that affects an estimated 75 million people in the U.S. The condition may lead to heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney damage and other potentially deadly comorbidities.
The researchers noted that the findings suggest that incorporating low- or non-fat dairy products as well as items like soy milk and tofu into a diet may have a significant benefit to an individual's cardiovascular health.
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Study authors said that the decrease in blood pressure experienced by the study participants has the potential to result in 6 percent fewer stroke deaths and a 4 percent reduction in heart-related deaths, if the results were applied to the population as a whole.