Study: Whole Grains Lower Blood Pressure

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that whole grains are not only good for your health, but they may lower your risks for developing high blood pressure.

"It may be associated with the dietary fiber that's in the whole grains, but there may be some other minerals that are acting in the potassium, magnesium and calcium, so that's why it's important to eat whole grains," dietician Lindsey Hines said.

The study found that middle-age to older women who had a diet rich in whole grains had a slightly lower chance of developing high blood pressure over the next 10 years, compared to those who consumed lower amounts.

Health experts say that's not the only benefit whole grains offer to men and women.

"Whole grains can also help to reduce your cholesterol, and they can also improve your blood sugars, so you know they kind of have a variety of effects that all work together to promote heart health," Hines said.

Dieticians say fruits and vegetables may also help since they also provide the dietary fibers which may be associated with the decrease in blood pressure.

Whole grains have one more added incentive.

"Because they contain dietary fiber, it makes you stay full a little bit longer, so it's good if your trying to lose weight," Hines said. "If you eat some whole grains, you won't be as hungry later as you would if you ate something with refined grains."

Health experts say healthy eating now could mean healthy living for years to come.


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