High Protein Diets May Reduce Blood Pressure

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A ‘high protein diet’ is the buzz word right now, gone are the days of ‘low fat diets’ and ‘no carb diets’, mercifully people are starting to realise that ‘high’ or ‘low’ anything isn’t necessarily the way to go. With this said, a diet that is relatively high in protein has recently been seen to potentially reduce blood pressure. This insight into proteins role has come via the American Journal of Hypertension which published a study that saw individuals who consumed a higher protein diet (avg. of 100g protein/ day) had a 40% reduced risk of high blood pressure compared to those with lower amounts of protein in their diet. It is likely that proteins role in reducing blood pressure is secondary to the relative shift in macronutrient ratios that accompany a high protein diet i.e. as protein increases, carbs and fat should decrease in order to stay within calorie requirements.

 

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J. R. Buendia, M. L. Bradlee, M. R. Singer, L. L. Moore. Diets Higher in Protein Predict Lower High Blood Pressure Risk in Framingham Offspring Study Adults. American Journal of Hypertension, 2014; DOI: 10.1093/ajh/hpu157

 

 

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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