Berkow SE, Barnard ND.
Blood pressure regulation and vegetarian diets.
Nutrition Reviews, January, 2005.
Vegetarian diets lower blood
pressure significantly, according to an article in
this month's Nutrition Reviews. Observational
studies have shown that hypertension is
significantly less common among vegetarians, and
subsequent clinical trials showed that such diets
lower blood pressure in individuals with either
normal or high blood pressure. Among the major
presumed mechanisms are the diet's ability to
reduce blood viscosity, its high potassium content,
and its effect on body weight. The article was
written by Susan Berkow, Ph.D., and Neal Barnard,
M.D., of the Physicians Committee for Responsible
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