whole grain foodsA new research carried out by a group of scientists at the University of Aberdeen’s Medical School and Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health has shown that by eating whole grain foods and oats on a regular basis we can substantially improve our cardiovascular health. If you eat whole grain foods like porridge or bread every day, you have substantially lower chances for developing many serious cardiovascular diseases including heart disease and heart attack. This is caused by the property of this natural food to lower our blood pressure.

The trials involving about 200 volunteers who were switched to whole grains diet and receiving three portions of whole grain foods or wheat foods a day. The products used for the experiments were nothing else but usual ones available in every supermarket, and the participant were asked not to make any substantial change in their usual lifestyle. One of the leaders of the study, Dr. F. Thies says: “We observed a decrease in systolic blood pressure of 5-6 mm Hg in the volunteers who ate the whole-grain foods, and this effect is similar to what you might expect to get from using blood pressure-lowering drugs.”

Scottish specialists estimate the by using two-three servings of whole grain foods a day everyone can lower the risks of heart disease for minimum 25%, and the risks of stroke by at least 15%. The scientists also underline that their findings could be very promising not only for all modern people, but for the producers of whole grains and cereal foods as well. Read more about the results and conclusions of this interesting research in the latest issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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