A new study in the August issue of the journal Hypertension shows that eating dairy products, especially low-fat ones, may help lower your blood pressure.

In the study researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston looked for possible link between dairy consumption and blood pressure. A total of 4,797 people participated in the Family Heart Study that was sponsored by the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Participants who consumed the most dairy products (more than three servings a day) had a systolic blood pressure that was 2.6 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) lower on average than people who ate the least amount of dairy (less than half a serving per day). 

When the researchers took saturated fat content into account, participants who consumed the most low-fat dairy products had a systolic blood pressure that was 3.5 mm Hg lower than those who ate the least amount of dairy. In addition they had 54 percent lower odds of having high blood pressure.

While the researchers aren’t for certain where the beneficial effect comes from, they say it appears that low-fat dairy may be a crucial component of a healthy diet.

For more on the study, go to: http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20060626/hl_hsn/lowfatdairyproductsmayfighthighbloodpressure

HealthDay via Yahoo news