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Eat more vegetables!

We all know that vegetable are good for us. A new study has shown that the protein from vegetables helps to lower blood pressure. An amino acid known as glutamic acid, found in vegetable protein, was found to decrease blood pressure.

It adds to the ‘mountain’ of information that supports the DASH diet to lower blood pressure. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet promotes eating vegetables and has been proven to reduce blood pressure.

Video: What is the DASH diet?

I liked this video’s (from the livestrong website) clear explanation of what the DASH diet is and why it lowers blood pressure.

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For those interested in the topics he talks about in the video, I have in the past written about potassium and blood pressure, and the benefits of limiting sodium to 1,500mg per day and the DASH diet.

The vegetable protein study

Researchers tracked 4,680 people aged 40-59 years participating in an international study on the effects of diet on high blood pressure. The results showed that a 5% higher intake of glutamic acid (vegetable protein) in the diet was linked to lower blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure was lower by an average of 1.5 to 3.0 points and diastolic blood pressure was lower by 1.0 to 1.6 points.

At first I thought that the change was small, but according to the researchers, the impact could be big. Lead Researcher Prof Stamler from Northwestern University in Chicago, said, “It is estimated that reducing a population’s average systolic blood pressure by 2 [points] could cut stroke death rates by 6% and reduce mortality from coronary heart disease by 4%.”

The study was published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. To learn more about the DASH diet visit the NHLBI website page Healthier Eating with DASH.

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