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Probiotics May Lower Blood Pressure, But Just A Little

Probiotics, — literally “for lifyoghurt-1e”– certainly sound like they should be good for you, and there’s a boatload of research that suggests they are. Now comes the latest, a study of other studies (nine to be exact) and that examined links between probiotics and blood pressure. The studies involved 543 adults with either normal or elevated blood pressure, and a much larger number of living bacteria. What was revealed? HealthDay reports that people who ate probiotics had an average reduction in systolic blood pressure of about 3.6 and an average reduction in diastolic blood pressure of about 2.4, compared to those who did not consume probiotics. No, those are not impressive numbers, but the researchers also found that probiotics had the greatest influence on the highest blood pressure, and wait, there’s more: probiotics with multiple types of bacteria lowered blood pressure more than those with a single type of bacteria.

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