Probiotics May Lower BP, But Only Modestly
the MPR take:
Previous research has indicated that consumption of probiotics can improve blood pressure (BP), but a new meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials indicates that the improvement may be modest at best. Published in the journal Hypertension, this review of nine clinical trials noted a reduction in systolic BP by −3.56mmHg and diastolic BP by −2.38mmHg with probiotic consumption vs. controls. Multiple species of probiotics were associated with a greater reduction in both systolic and diastolic BP. Trials involving patients with baseline BP of ≥130/85mmHg also showed greater improvement in diastolic BP vs. those with baseline <130/85mmHg. However, no improvement was seen with probiotic consumption <8 weeks or with daily dose of probiotics <1011 colony-forming units. While adding yogurt or a probiotic supplement to a daily diet won’t likely lower BP substantially, when it comes to hypertension management every little bit counts.
Previous human clinical trials have shown that probiotic consumption may improve blood pressure (BP) control. The aim of the present systematic review was to clarify the effects of probiotics on BP using a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials. Probiotic consumption significantly ...
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