Saturday, October 10, 2009

Whole Grains Benefit Blood Pressure

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently published a positive report regarding consuming whole grain foods. The following excerpt was taken from LLC 2009 and the original source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, September 2009.

Consuming plentiful amounts of whole grain foods appears to ward off high blood pressure according to the latest research. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a new study found men with the largest consumption of whole grain foods (52 grams/day) were 19 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure as compared with men consuming just 3 grams of whole grains daily. The process of refining grains results in the removal of their outer coating making them more quickly absorbed by the body (and thus, potentially turning into body fat more easily) as well as removing many beneficial nutrients. Thus, when purchasing grain products, it’s better to choose whole grain foods as compared with refined foods. Another finding researchers noted was that men who consumed more whole grain foods also tended to gain less weight. Of course, everything in moderation.

1 comment:

ara'deg said...

A whole grain diet is definately a plus to help lower blood pressure.
We also need to relax more. Our stressful lives can be a source of increased high blood pressure. Very popular these days is slow breathing exercises designed to calm the body down and reduce blood pressure - immediately and with cumulative effects over time. You can use a machine called RESPaRATE (here in the UK of your can use audio tapes or you can D.I.Y. - 6 breathes a minute for 15 minutes + once a day being optimal.