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Probiotic supplement­s, yogurt, or other fermented foods can lower blood pressure, according to research published in the journal Hypertensi­on. Australian researcher­s examined nine earlier studies that followed a total of 543 people, and found that consuming probiotics for at least eight weeks lowered systolic blood pressure ( the top number) by an average 3.56 millimeter­s of mercury ( mm Hg), and diastolic blood pressure ( the lower number) by an average 2.38 mm Hg. People with slightly elevated blood pressure experience­d the biggest drop. The most eff ective supplement­s contained multiple strains of probiotics. An eff ective daily dose was at least 100 billion colony forming units ( CFUs).

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