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Probiotics May Help Control Your Blood Pressure

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  • Compared to a placebo, people with high blood pressure who consumed probiotics lowered systolic blood pressure (the top number) by 3.56 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) by 2.38 mm Hg
  • At least 100 billion colony-forming units of probiotics a day was necessary to trigger such improvements, and the benefit was only seen in those who consumed probiotics for eight weeks or more
  • Research suggests people with the highest TMAO levels may have twice the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or premature death compared to those with the lowest levels; TMAO is a waste product produced by bacteria in your gut
  • The best way to optimize your gut flora is by including naturally fermented foods in your diet, which may contain about 100 times the amount of bacteria in a bottle of high-potency probiotics
  • Avoiding processed foods and excess sugar, fructose, and grains is also crucial for healthy blood pressure, as it will optimize your insulin and leptin levels while supporting healthy gut flora

By Dr. Mercola

If you're among the one in three American adults who have hypertension (high blood pressure), one of the first pieces of advice your physician likely gave you was to reduce the amount of sodium in your diet.


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