Eating cheese may lower high blood pressure
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.