Eat­ing cheese may lower high blood pres­sure

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Con­sum­ing sodium in the form of a dairy prod­uct, such as cheese, may pro­tect against some of sodium’s ef­fects on the car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem, such as high blood pres­sure, re­searchers say.

Ac­cord­ing to re­searchers, the pro­tec­tion comes from an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties of dairy pro­teins in cheese.

The re­sults sug­gest that when sodium is con­sumed in cheese it does not have the neg­a­tive vas­cu­lar ef­fects that re­searchers ob­served with sodium from non-dairy sources.

For the study, the re­searchers fed par­tic­i­pants dairy cheese, pret­zels or soy cheese on five sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, three days apart. They then com­pared the ef­fects of each food on the car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem us­ing a laser-Dop­pler, which shines a weak laser light onto the skin.

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