High blood pressure is a common condition millions of people are living with. Having high blood pressure puts a person at risk of developing either strokes or heart attacks. When it comes to lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of hypertension, experts recommend consuming more low-fat dairy products as they appear to be especially beneficial for lowering systolic blood pressure.
A study conducted in the Netherlands found that those who ate more low-fat dairy products were less likely to develop high blood pressure.
In the study, 2245 people aged over 55 or older were analysed to see the effects dairy products consumption and the reduction of risks associated with hypertension.
Those taking part in the study were placed into five different categories with either low fat dairy, high-fat dairy, milk and milk products, cheese and cheese products and finally fermented dairy.
At the end of the study it was found that the low-fat dairy group had a much lower risk of hypertension over two years.
These participants were followed up again after six years and it was noted the risk reduction was significantly lower.
Consumption of milk and milk products seemed to be related to keeping blood pressure lowered, whereas consuming cheese and cheese products showed no such relationship, said Blood Pressure UK.
The health site added: "A number of studies have shown this relationship, although the precise way in which dairy can be said to lower blood pressure is not known.
"There are numerous theories suggesting the "active ingredient" in dairy that lowers blood pressure – proteins, peptides, or minerals such as calcium, magnesium or potassium – but none of these have been demonstrated conclusively in research."
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In another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a clinical trial of the effects of dietary patterns on blood pressure was investigated.
The study noted: "It is known that obesity, sodium intake, and alcohol consumption influence blood pressure.
"In this clinical trial, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, we assessed the effects of dietary patterns on blood pressure."
The study concluded that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods and with reduced saturated and total fat can substantially lower blood pressure.
Following this type of eating offers an additional nutritional approach to preventing and treating hypertension.
Healthcare professionals are invested in understanding how to prevent hypertension, said Medical News Today.
It continued: "Because an unhealthy diet is a significant risk factor for this issue, adjusting the diet seems to be a promising approach.
"Dairy products are of particular interest, following research indicating that dairy consumption is associated with lower blood pressure.
"Studies have also shown that eating more dairy is linked with a lower risk of hypertension and diabetes."
When it comes to ways to help lower blood pressure, exercise is often key.
It recommended a person should aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week.
Reducing salt content and limiting the amount of alcohol consumed will greatly reduce the risk of hypertension.
Other foods known to help lower blood pressure include leafy greens, berries, beetroot, oatmeal and salmon.