Eating a High-Protein Diet is Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

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People who consume a high amount of protein tend to have a lower risk of high blood pressure, according to a new Boston University study, published in the American Journal of Hypertension.  The researchers tracked 1,361 people’s blood pressure for an average of 11.3 years, and found that those who consumed the most protein — about 102 grams per day, from both plant and animal sources — consistently logged the lowest blood pressure. The high-protein group also had a 40 percent lower risk of developing hypertension over the course of the study, compared to people who consumed the least protein, about 58 grams per day.  Related: Why Lots of Bananas a Day May Keep the Doctor Away And it’s not just because people who pack in protein are gym rats: Both overweight and normal-weight people’s blood pressure benefited when they consumed higher amounts of the nutrient.  “It may be that people who eat more protein have healthier diets in general,” study author Justin Buendia told Yahoo Health.

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