Eating Italian Cheese Can Lower Blood Pressure, Study Shows

635989907241979489058.jpg

16 May 2016 --- Just one serving of Grana Padano, a hard, slow-ripened, semi-fat cheese comparable to “Parmesan” can lower blood pressure thanks to its peptides, according to new research.

These short chains of amino acids strongly prevent the build-up of an enzyme which indirectly increases blood pressure by causing blood vessels to constrict, according to scientists from the Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital and Catholic University in Piacenza, Italy.

“Adding a little Grana Padano to a healthy diet may provide clinically significant blood pressure lowering benefits,” said the study’s lead author Giuseppe Crippa, MD.

The cheese is rich in proteins that relax the blood vessels as well as blood pressure prescriptions drugs Lotensin and Capoten, the researchers found.

In a randomized trial, 30 adults with hypertension were provided with either an ounce of Grana Padano a day or a placebo imitation cheese for two months.

Blood pressure is expressed as two numbers, systolic – the upper number – and diastolic – the reduced one.

The results showed between a 7-8 mmHg drop in systolic and a 5-7 mmHg drop in diastolic blood pressure, respectively, for those eating the Grana Padano. However, no changes were seen in body mass index (BMI), blood lipids or blood sugar levels.

Dr Crippa said: "The effects are similar to what you would expect with anti-hypertensive medications.

"Adding a little Grana Padano to a healthy diet may provide clinically significant blood pressure lowering benefits."

The Italian scientists’ research is just one of hundreds of breakthrough studies presented at the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) in New York, USA. Other experts presented findings about napping and food and drinks that might help prevent or treat the disease known as the “silent killer.”

High blood pressure is known as the 'silent killer' because there are no symptoms. Left untreated it can lead to a heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. 

The team, whose work was published in the American Diary of Clinical Nutrition, said that lowering blood stress by tiny quantities can easily have actually a huge impact on life expectancy. 

At least 16 million people in Britain have high blood pressure. Patients are given drugs to reduce the pressure, but in up to a fifth of cases these do not work.

To contact our editorial team please email us at editorial@cnsmedia.com

Related Articles

Health & Nutrition News

“Breakthrough” treatment seeks to protect people with peanut allergies through exposure to peanut protein

20 Nov 2018 --- Medical researchers have developed a new treatment for protection against accidental exposure to peanut. Although the treatment is not a “quick fix,” the researchers note their study results show it is possible for some people with peanut allergy to protect themselves from accidental ingestion by building up their tolerance to peanut over time.

Regulatory News

Oleic acid CHD claims success: US FDA approves qualified claim petition on high level foods 

20 Nov 2018 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has responded positively to a petition for a new qualified health claim for edible oils containing oleic acid. As a result, products with an oleic acid content upward of 70 percent, such as certain olive, canola and sunflower oils, can be labeled as carrying cardiovascular benefits, but only when replacing heart-damaging saturated fat.

Health & Nutrition News

Metabolic surgery: Transformational or quick-fix?

19 Nov 2018 --- More than one-third of US adults are obese and some of the lead causes of non-communicable disease’ deaths – such as stroke, diabetes and cancers – are obesity-related. Although a healthy diet and lifestyle are key to healthy weight management, more drastic measures, such as bariatric surgery, are becoming more commonplace as obesity levels rise. NutritionInsight takes a look into the discussion around bariatric surgery, following research presented during last week’s Obesity Week event based in Tennessee, US.

Health & Nutrition News

Burn more calories with a low-carb diet, study suggests

19 Nov 2018 --- A new trial from Boston Children’s Hospital has linked low-carb diets to burning more calories and, subsequently, to successful and long-lasting weight loss. Significantly, the findings show that dietary composition may affect energy expenditure independently of body weight. 

Health & Nutrition News

Weekly Roundup: DSM enters Japanese partnership on healthy aging, Croda expands with Marine Biotechnology innovation center

16 Nov 2018 --- In nutrition news this week, Croda opened a new Center of Innovation for Marine Biotechnology and DSM entered a collaboration on the development of services in nutritional rehabilitation and disease prevention in Japan. Lonza and Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB) are modifying their current agreement for the supply of cell culture media by mutual accord. Lastly, Gelita recently hosted a US symposium called, “The Sounds of Health and Nutrition,” which aimed to offer inspiration for market opportunities in the global health and nutrition marketplace.

More Articles
URL : http://www.nutritioninsight.com:80/news/eating-italian-cheese-can-lower-blood-pressure-study-shows.html