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Oatmeal: A tasty way to lower your blood pressure

by , 17 July 2013

If you don't like eating oatmeal, you may want to reconsider. A new study has found that oatmeal can dramatically lower your blood pressure levels…

If you’re looking for a delicious way to beat hypertension and even eliminate blood pressure drugs, look no further than oatmeal.

Reduce your blood pressure with oatmeal

According to the study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers randomly assigned more than 233 volunteers to eat three servings a day of either whole grains in the form of whole wheat and oats or refined cereals.

Each serving was a single slice of bread or half a cup of oats. Other than that, the volunteers enjoyed their normal diets.

After three months, volunteers who ate whole grains had lowered their systolic blood pressure by 6mmHg or roughly in line with the drop many people get from meds.

The whole grains group also lowered their pulse pressure by 3mmHg.

After their analysis, researchers concluded that those three servings of whole grains a day could reduce the incidence of stroke by 25% and heart attack by 15%.

One word of caution: “If you’re trying to lose weight, you’ll want to limit whole grains, especially whole-grain bread. Even healthier carbs like these whole grains can slow, stop or even reverse your weight loss,” advises Nutrition & Healing.

Since losing the weight is the fastest and easiest way to reduce your blood pressure and improve overall health, make that your first priority.

But if you’re already at or near your ideal weight and ready to work some healthy whole grains into your diet, then start out with the best whole grain of all: Oatmeal.

Just make sure it’s real whole-grain not a pouch of processed sugar-filled instant junk food.

You can boost the flavour with cinnamon instead of sugar. Cinnamon can help keep your blood-sugar levels in check and lower your blood pressure.

That’s not all…

Sprinkle in some antioxidant-rich berries, such as blueberries. They’re great for your heart and they can also help lower blood pressure. Nuts, flax seed and bananas can also enhance flavour and boost your health.

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