Too much pressure!

| Post published on November 16, 2020
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Lower your blood pressure with a vegan diet

Go vegan and take the pressure off

The beneficial effects of a vegan diet on hypertension (high blood pressure) have been reported in many studies. This review looked at 15 different studies with over 800 participants. Results showed that vegetarian diets significantly lowered blood pressure compared to diets containing meat and dairy – but vegan diets had an even greater effect. Vegetarian diets and especially vegan diets, reduce blood pressure when compared with omnivorous diets. Changing your diet could help prevent and manage hypertension.

Lee KW, Loh HC, Ching SM et al. 2020. Effects of Vegetarian Diets on Blood Pressure Lowering: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis and Trial Sequential Analysis. Nutrients. 12 (6) 1604.

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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