Eating vegetarian could help lower your blood pressure - KMSP-TV

Eating vegetarian could help lower your blood pressure

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A new study found vegetarians have blood pressure sever points lower than omnivores.

St. John cardiologist Dr. Sindhu Koshy says high blood pressure is so common and often without symptoms, so it's deceptively dangerous.

"If you had a hose and you were to squeeze down on it, now the heart's got to push against this pressurized hose and try and get blood out to the rest of your body," explains Koshy.

That's what raises your risk of heart disease and stroke.

The research in the journal of the American Medical Association looked at dozens of studies dating back to 1900 and found, when compared to omnivores, those eating a vegetarian diet had blood pressure several points lower.

But why exactly?  

Doctors don't know if it's the absence of meat or the presence of fiber and potassium which help to balance the fluid in your blood. The more fluid, the higher your blood pressure.

Doctors say even if you don't want to give up eating meat altogether, just incorporating more vegetables into your diet might help.

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