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Oats and Blood Pressure

separator Two recent studies have shown that eating whole grain oat cereal on a daily basis may decrease blood pressure.

I one study, participants ate 137 grams of oat cereal daily for 12 weeks (including 12 grams of total fiber and 6 grams of soluble fiber). At the end of the study, 73 percent were able to decrease blood pressure medication. Their cholesterol levels decreased by 15 percent, and LDL, or “bad” cholesterol dropped by 16 percent.

In comparison, 42 percent of those in the control group, who ate wheat cereal, were able to decrease their medication, but did not have significant reduction in cholesterol or LDL levels.

In the second study, participants with untreated high blood pressure were able to lower their pressure after six weeks of eating oat cereal. Cholesterol changes were similar to those in the first study.

To try to get the same benefit for yourself, read your oat cereal labels and make sure you’re getting similar fiber counts.

The Journal of Family Practice, April 2002
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