Whole Wheat Pasta Improves Blood Pressure
Pasta salad. Summer isn't complete without it. And here's the noodle you should use to do your blood pressure some good at the same time: whole-wheat pasta.
How's it work? Well, whole-wheat pasta contains glutamic acid, a vegetable protein that has been linked to better blood pressure in recent research.
In a study released last month, the more glutamic acid people got in their diets, the better their blood pressure was. In fact, just a 4.7 percent increase in the proportion of protein people got from glutamic acid instead of other sources was associated with systolic numbers that were 1.5 to 3 points lower on average. And diastolic readings were lower, too, by about 1 to 1.6 points. The effect occurred in both men and women but was strongest in women.
Researchers aren't sure how glutamic acid affects blood pressure, but it's possible that components of glutamic acid enhance the blood-pressure-lowering effects of nitric oxide or help blood vessels relax. And whole-wheat foods are only one source. You also can get glutamic acid from rice, beans, and soy products like tofu. Here are a few more ways to lower your blood pressure:
- Change your attitude. Discover the thought process that aids blood pressure.
- Take a few steps. Find out why a short walk is so good for your blood pressure.
- Just breathe. Practice deep breathing.
Keeping your blood pressure at 115/76 mm Hg can make your RealAge as much as 12 years younger.