If you have high blood pressure, put yoghurt on the menu – it could help lower your heart disease risk.

High blood pressure, a major heart disease risk factor, affects about one billion people worldwide.

Previous clinical trials found that consuming dairy has a positive effect on cardiovascular health. Yogurt may independently be related to heart disease risk.

The latest study

Researchers analysed the data of over 55 000 women (ages 30-55) with high blood pressure from the Nurses’ Health Study and 18 000 men (ages 40-75) who participated in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.

In the Nurses’ Health Study, higher intakes of yoghurt were associated with a 30 percent reduction in risk of myocardial infarction and a 19 percent reduction in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study for men.

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How much yoghurt should we eat?

Aim to eat more than two servings of yoghurt a week.

The researchers found that people who ate more than two servings a week of yoghurt had an approximately 20 percent lower risks of major coronary heart disease or stroke during the follow-up period.

Source: Oxford University Press USA via www.sciencedaily.com

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