When it comes to lowering blood pressure, a daily dose of yogurt may be just what the doctor ordered. In a study that followed the diets and cardiovascular risk factors in 915 community-dwelling adults, consuming yogurt even in small doses was linked to lower blood pressure in those with hypertension.
And the more the better. Those with high blood pressure (the #1 risk factor for heart disease) who consumed yogurt regularly had blood pressure readings a full 6 points plus lower than those with hypertension who did not consume yogurt.
Yogurt contains a slew of nutrients known to offer protection from high blood pressure including calcium, magnesium, potassium and beneficial bacteria. Make this and other fermented dairy foods, particularly kefir, a regular part of your diet.
International Dairy Journal, 2021; 122: 105159 DOI: 10.1016/j.idairyj.2021.105159