Fibre Helps Blood Pressure
Eating wholegrains may lower your risk of high blood pressure, according to a Harvard School of Public Health study. One reason: They contain fibre, which produces by-products that may reduce damage to your arteries and help prevent hypertension, says study co-author Eric Rimm ScD. And fibre-rich wholefoods are better than supplements because they contain several nutrients. The effect is synergistic: While fibre may be the nutrient most beneficial to blood pressure, Rimm says, its effect is enhanced by a food’s antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, most notably potassium.
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