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Current study: yogurt, sesame and rice bran oil lower blood pressure
It has long been known that eating habits have a decisive impact on health. Two US studies have now shown that yogurt, sesame and rice bran oil are particularly recommended for hypertensives because they lower blood pressure.
A combination of oil and medication lowers blood pressure the most The result of the study, in which the researchers examined the effects of sesame and rice bran oil on hypertensives, was recently published at the American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure Research conference (AHA ) presented in Washington. As the scientists reported, 300 hypertensives in New Delhi, India, with mild to moderately elevated blood pressure were examined as part of the study. You should take either 35 grams of the oil mixture in the form of a salad dressing or 30 milligrams of the calcium channel blocker nifedipine or both over a period of 60 days.
After 15, 30, 45 and 60 days, the researchers performed blood pressure measurements on the test subjects and came to the conclusion that the blood pressure was significantly reduced in all the three groups. With the drug nifedipine, the systolic pressure dropped by 16.2 mmHg, with the oil mixture by 14 mmHg, and in the group that took a combination of calcium channel blocker and oil, the blood pressure even dropped by 36 mmHg. "A mixture of sesame and rice bran oil lowers blood pressure almost as well as the usual medication," reports the AHA on its website. "Those who took a combination of oil and medication had a more than double drop in blood pressure than the group who only took medication or those who only used the oil blend to supplement their diet."
The oil mixture also reduced the lipid levels by 18 percent (total cholesterol). "Rice bran and semsame oil is low in saturated fat and appears to improve the cholesterol profile of patients," said Devarajan Sankar, a scientist in the Cardiovascular Disease Department at Chikushi Hospital at Fukuoka University in Chikushino, Japan. "In addition, it can reduce the risk of heart disease in a different way, including as a substitute for less healthy oils and fats in the diet. "
Reduced risk of high blood pressure due to yogurt The second study examined the effect of yogurt consumed daily on blood pressure. For this, 2,000 subjects were followed for 15 years. At the start of the study, the participants had an average pressure of 117/72 mmHg. The subjects who ingested at least two percent of their calories from low-fat yoghurt (60 milliliters per day) during the study period had an almost one-third reduced risk of hypertension after 15 years compared to subjects who did not consume yoghurt. "A recent study found that people who ate long-term yogurt were less likely to develop hypertension and had a lower average systolic blood pressure than those who did not eat yogurt," writes the AHA. (ag)
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