Food & Diet

One Yogurt per Day Can Save the Health of Your Heart, Study Finds

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. each year. That means that 1 in every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for both women and men. People are constantly looking for new ways to improve the health of their heart and lower the risk of heart disease, but there are still many cases of this terrifying condition. These days, many people lead very stressful lives, which lead to having high blood pressure. But not everything is so dark – a new study finds that a daily portion of yogurt can promote the health of your heart and reduce the risk of disease.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine and published this March in the American Heart Association. The researchers found that women who ate five or more servings of yogurt per week were at a lower risk of having high blood pressure (which is closely connected with the high risk of heart disease) compared to women who rarely consumed yogurt.

The lead author of the study, Justin Buenida Ph.D from Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachussetts, stated that one food cannot save you from heart disease, but if you’re eating a healthy diet and you add a portion of yogurt daily, you’re likely to “reduce the long-term risk of high blood pressure in women.” This study doesn’t show that yogurt on its own can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, but as an addition to a balanced diet it can certainly promote the health of your heart and decrease the risk of high blood pressure problems.

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The researchers wanted to examine the long-term effects of eating yogurt on high blood pressure and they conducted their research analyzing data on respondents in two Nurses’ Health Study cohorts which included women between the ages of 25 and 55, and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study which included men between the ages of 40 and 75. During 18 to 30 years of follow-up, research found 74,609 new cases of high blood pressure in the three researched groups, and they also found that women who ate at least five servings of yogurt per week has around a 20% lower risk of developing blood pressure. When it comes to men, the ones involved in the studies didn’t consume that much yogurt, and thus their results were not as significant.

A twenty percent lower risk of high blood pressure and heart disease maybe doesn’t sound like much, but it is actually a very significant decrease. Cardiologist and chairman of the Pacific Heart Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Ca, Richard Wright, MD says that it is possible that eating more yogurt can promote better health. Yogurt can be very beneficial for your digestive health, immune system as well as keeping you fit. Wright argues that it’s also possible that eating more yogurt means that you’re eating a healthy diet in general. “It is difficult to determine whether those women who consume more yogurt also lead healthier lifestyles: perhaps they run more, smoke less, are less obese, etc.  The take home message should be that there is no harm, and possible benefit, from eating yogurt. If one enjoys dairy products without adverse reaction, enjoy them!”

So, there you go. If you want to lower your risk of high blood pressure and promote the health of your heart, introduce some healthy habits into your daily routine. Stop smoking, be more physically active, eat a balanced diet, stress less, and add a glass of yogurt to your meal plan every day. Hopefully, your health will be significantly improved, and you’ll reach an old age without having to worry about heart disease.

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