Lentils Combat High Blood Pressure
Eating healthily may have just gotten more support. Many people appreciate that eating wholesome food can help avoid illnesses like heart disease. Researchers are now finding that food can even fight those illnesses, such as when lentils combat high blood pressure. This offers not only a lower cost but can provide multiple health benefits.
Lentils could combat high blood pressure, research suggests.
An ‘amazing’ trial on rats revealed the pulse, used in curries and soups, can slash blood pressure that rises with age.
High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, is a silent killer and can lead to strokes, heart attacks and heart failure.
The NHS reportedly spends around £2 billion each year on dishing out medications to combat dangerously high blood pressure.
Dr Peter Zahradka, one of the lead authors of the two experiments on the effects of lentils, branded the results ‘amazing’.
He added: ‘They provide a non-pharmacological way of treating diseases associated with blood vessel dysfunction.’
The first study revealed eating a mixture of legumes can improve blood flow to the legs of rats with peripheral artery disease.
The condition is like heart disease, except it occurs in the legs. It is caused by the build-up of fatty deposits in the artery walls.
The second study uncovered that eating lentils is effective in blocking high blood pressure, which strikes a quarter of adults in Britain.
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