High protein foods boost cardiovascular health as much as quitting smoking or getting exercise
Source: Natural Health Advisory
A study released on August 27th, 2015 by the University of East Anglia confirms that eating certain proteinous foods high in amino acids may result in lower blood pressure and decreased arterial stiffness. Researchers studied over 2,000 women who have a healthy body mass index number (BMI), comparing their diet to ongoing measures of blood pressure and arterial thickness.
The study was done to accomplish two things: 1) determine whether amino acid consumption does in fact lower blood pressure and reduce arterial stiffness as claimed by previous studies, and 2) to determine whether amino acids derived from animal or plant sources are most beneficial. The study found that animal sources proved to be more beneficial in reducing aterial stiffness while all seven amino acids studied produced lower blood pressure.
These findings are significant in improving health and longevity; high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and premature death. A more thorough understanding of the effects of diet on blood pressure and arterial condition may result in prevention and early intervention. According to the findings in this study, one can conclude that adding meat, fish, dairy, and produce to their diet may lower their long term risk of high blood pressure, arterial changes, heart disease, and death. The study goes so far as to say that consumption of amino acids may have an association with cardiovascular health that is as powerful as salt intake, smoking, and weight.