Yoghurt reduces the risk of a heart attack by up to 30 per cent in people with high blood pressure, new research suggests.
Eating at least two servings of yoghurt a week lowers the risk of women with hypertension suffering a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke, by up to 30 percent and men by 19 percent, a study found.
Researchers believe a combination of natural yoghurt’s fermentation and calcium content benefits at-risk people’s hearts.
Previous findings suggest calcium plays a role in the normal contraction and relaxation of the heart, while probiotics, which are found in fermented foods, have been linked to reduced blood pressure.
Study author Justin Buendia from Boston University, said: ‘Our results provide important new evidence that yoghurt may benefit heart health alone or as a consistent part of a diet rich in fiber-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains.’
Around 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes occur every year in the US.
Yoghurt reduces the risk of a heart attack by up to 30 percent in people with hypertension
COULD ‘GOOD BACTERIA’ IN YOGHURT HELP TREAT DEPRESSION?
Yoghurt could help combat depression after a study released in May 2017 suggested so-called ‘good bacteria’ eases symptoms of the mental health disorder.
Some 64 per cent of adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and symptoms of depression saw their mental health improve within just six weeks of taking a daily ‘good bacteria’, or probiotic, supplement, the study revealed.
This is compared to just 32 per cent of patients noting an improvement after taking a placebo, the research adds.
MRI scans demonstrated probiotic-receiving patients experienced changes in the areas of their brains associated with mood, the study found.
Researchers from McMaster University analysed 44 adults with IBS and mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression over 10 weeks.
Half of participants were given a daily dose of a probiotic, known as Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001, while the remainder took a placebo.
Probiotics are commonly found in yoghurts, as well as fermented foods, such as sauerkraut.
How the research was carried out
The researchers analysed 55,898 women aged 30-to-55 from the Nurses’ Health Study and 18,232 men aged 40-to-75 from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.
All of the study participants had high blood pressure and were followed for up to 30 years.
The participants completed food questionnaires, which the researchers used to estimate their average yoghurt consumption.
The findings were published in the American Journal of Hypertension.
Vitamin D is an ‘inexpensive solution’ to heart drugs
This comes after research released last month suggested vitamin D is an ‘inexpensive solution’ to drugs as scientists discovered the sunshine supplement repairs and prevents damage to the heart caused by diabetes and high blood pressure.
Vitamin D stimulates the production of nitric acid, which is involved in regulating blood flow and preventing the formation of blood clots, according to the first study of its kind.
It also reduces ‘internal stress’ in the cardiovascular system, which could avoid heart-related incidents, the research adds.
Study author Dr Tadeusz Malinski from Ohio University, said: ‘There are not many, if any, known systems which can be used to restore cardiovascular cells which are already damaged, and vitamin D can do it.
‘This is a very inexpensive solution to repair the cardiovascular system. We don’t have to develop a new drug. We already have it.’