Despite the popularity of the DASH diet, scientists remain on the hunt for new diets that turn down the dial on blood pressure. According to new research out of the University of California San Francisco, the search for a tasty and effective blood-pressure lowering diet may be over.
They report that sticking to a so-called “caveman diet” – also known as a Paleo diet or a hunter-gatherer diet – lowers blood pressure, body fat and blood cholesterol.

In this study, a group of overweight volunteers were asked to follow a caveman diet –consisting solely of meat, vegetables, nuts and fruits. The researchers note that 100% of the study volunteer’s blood pressure went down significantly, and that the subjects reported that the diet was easy to follow.

This diet also significantly improved type 2 diabetes and cholesterol level.

The scientists note that the diet works by tapping into our ancient human genome, which has been largely unchanged over the last 10,000 years.

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