Plant-Based Diets Reduce Hypertension, Science Says
It is hard to ignore the outpouring of research over the years pointing to the protective factors of a plant-based diet. Heart disease, cancer, and diabetes can be improved – and even reversed – by making the switch and the collection of data continues to grow. A recent study published in the Journal of Hypertension revealed how those eating a vegetarian diet had a 34 percent lower risk of having the condition, when compared to their omnivorous counterparts.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine included the study in its breaking news section this month, highlighting how the significant results stood strong even when controlling for obesity, inflammation, and insulin resistance. A 2014 meta-analysis, co-conducted by PCRM President Neal Barnard, MD, studied 21,000 vegetarian and non-vegetarian people from all over the world with similar findings related to blood pressure.
These studies just add more concern for the impact of the planet’s omnivorous palate. For our health, the environment, and the animals, plant-based always seems to come out on top.
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