This nutrient in your diet may protect against high blood pressure

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One hundred million micro-organisms live within our gut, influencing our metabolism, our immune system, and possibly even our mental health.

Prebiotic fiber resists digestion until it reaches the large intestine, where it feeds those bacteria that are considered to have health benefits.

In a recent study, researchers from Monash University in Australia found that dietary fiber, particularly fiber that’s prebiotic, could prevent high blood pressure.

They found that these short-chain fatty acids could directly lower blood pressure and help improve health.

The leader of the research is Dr. Francine Marques, a molecular biologist and geneticist.

The team now is testing if a high-fiber diet can bring blood pressure into a healthy range. They are giving people a diet that is high in fiber.

The participants will also be given a placebo. Twice a day for three weeks, all participants will be given food including muffins, frittatas, and arancini balls, all developed by a research chef.

The meals have been tested to eliminate any difference in taste between those meals that are metabolite-enriched and those that are not.

Twelve men and women with untreated high blood pressure are already taking part in a three-week trial.

The researchers say that If the new results are positive in the trial, people can try to reduce high blood pressure in more natural ways.

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