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Whole Wheat Pasta Improves Blood Pressure

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 research.

Protective Protein
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.

Great Glutamate
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:

Medically reviewed in January 2019.

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