Polyphenols Support Healthy Blood Pressure
One of the beauties of a plant-based diet is that you are eating a variety of plant compounds found in whole plants, namely polyphenols, which are linked to multiple health benefits. These compounds have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and there are many different types of polyphenols in a range of plant foods. So, it’s no surprise that a diet high in polyphenols, found in plant foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans, may have a positive impact on blood pressure, according to Italian researchers. The research study called the MEAL (Mediterranean healthy Eating, Ageing, and Lifestyle) study measured the dietary polyphenol intake of 2,044 participants using food frequency questionnaires. Those study subjects with the highest polyphenol intakes, no matter what the dietary source, had a 32% lower risk of developing high blood pressure. So, go ahead and pack your diet with a multitude of whole plant foods for a healthier blood pressure!
(Nutrients, September 2017)
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