Saturday, July 31

Herbs and Spices May Help Reduce Blood Pressure

Eating more herbs and spices may lead to lower blood pressure over the course of 24 hours, according to the results of a study presented at the Nutrition 2021 Live Online conference, the annual conference of the American Society for Nutrition.

Researchers at Penn State University and Texas Tech University sought to look at the effects of including more mixed herbs and spices in the diets of adults at an elevated risk for cardiometabolic disease — such as people with elevated blood glucose or blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides). While previous studies have shown that eating herbs and spices can have immediate beneficial effects — such as lower after-meal blood glucose and lipid levels, and better blood vessel function — this study represents the first randomized controlled trial to look at the effects of eating herbs and spices over a longer period of time.

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