A massive study published in the Journal of American Medical Association: Internal Medicine that involved around 22,000 participants proves that a small change in diet alone can help lower blood pressure considerably.
Follow this easy, simple diet and you can bring down your blood pressure and get several other health benefits in other ways too!
And it’s not a fad or something trendy with weird ingredients.
A vegetarian diet that excludes meat but includes eggs and dairy products is considered to be very favorable for lowering blood pressure. In this diet, it’s not completely vegan – just vegetarian.
The research involved both observational studies in which the volunteers were free to follow their own vegetarian diet plans and clinical trials in which the volunteers were given a vegetarian diet that they had not tried before.
It was found that in the observational studies, the volunteers, on an average, had a systolic pressure of 7 mm Hg and diastolic pressure of 5mm Hg lower than that of meat-eaters.
In clinical trials, volunteers showed a systolic pressure of 5mm Hg and diastolic pressure of 2mm Hg lower than participants in control group who did not follow a vegetarian diet.
From this study, it is obvious that the systolic pressure drops by 6 points on an average by adopting a vegetarian lifestyle.
You may think this is not so much. But do you know that this is the same result typically achieved with prescription medications…but without any side effects? Here is the controversy – you don’t need drugs to actually drop your blood pressure. Simple but natural treatments work just as well.
A 6 point decrease in the blood pressure also means that you can cut down your risk of developing stroke by 14 percent and heart attack by 7 percent. To give you a better idea, this reduction in blood pressure is similar to a weight reduction of 5 kg.
The study also revealed that people who were obese or had a higher body mass index (BMI) and those with higher blood pressure responded better to the diet.
A vegetarian diet is beneficial in other ways too. It is low in saturated fats and rich in fiber, which is good for the heart. Vegetarian food is also a good source of the mineral potassium that is essential for lowering blood pressure and reducing cholesterol. Other studies have found that this diet even reduces the risk of developing cancer.
Packed with all these benefits, a vegetarian diet does sound like something you should definitely try out!
But vegetarian diet is not easy for everyone. Are you finding it difficult to restrain from eating meat?