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January 10, 2022 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

Can Yogurt Help Lower Blood Pressure?

Yes! Certain foods like probiotic-rich yogurt can favorably affect blood pressure.

Many yogurt-loving clients are thrilled to learn that yogurt can help lower blood pressure. That’s right–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

Almond Oatmeal Pancakes Topped with Yogurt and Fresh Fruit

Serves 4

Yep – this is a 100% healthy pancake recipe that is delectable.


  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2 omega-3 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 ounces plain yogurt
  • pinch of salt
  • cooking sprayFor topping:
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries or berries/fruit of choice, thawed
  • Vanilla or plain non-fat Greek yogurt


Combine ingredients in a blender and blend for 2 minutes.  In a nonstick pan, lightly spray the inner surface and using a 2 ounce ladle, place the amount in the pan and cook until brown on one side and then flip.  Serve hot topped with warmed (microwaved) berries or fruit, a dollop of yogurt and a drizzle of honey (optional).