Monday, September 22, 2014
The role of a high protein diet in muscle building is well known. But researchers from Boston University have given a different reason to consume a high protein diet; to lower the long-term risk of hypertension. Those consuming an average of 100 g of protein a day had 40% reduction in their risk of hypertension compared to those with the lowest intake of protein in the diet.
The study, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, found that individuals with higher intake of proteins, irrespective of its animal or plant origin, had significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure after 4 years of follow-up. The researchers also found that when the diets were also high in fibre, high protein intake brought about 40–60% reduction in the high blood pressure.
The researchers analysed the protein intakes of healthy participants of the Framingham Offspring study and followed the possibility of development of high blood pressure over 11 years. Much excitingly, the beneficial effect was seen in individuals with overweight (BMI ≥25 kg/m2) as well normal weight (BMI <25 kg/m2).
Talking about the study observation, senior author Lynn Moore said, “These results provide no evidence to suggest that individuals concerned about the development of high blood pressure should avoid dietary protein. Rather, protein intake may play a role in the long-term prevention of high blood pressure.”
This study shows that the risk of hypertension can be easily mitigated by altering the diet! Since protein exerts vascular benefits, it could be beneficial to optimise the protein intake for good heart health.
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