Research shows that nutrients in dairy foods reduce the risk of high blood pressure, i.e. hypertension. Calcium, potassium and magnesium play an important role in maintaining healthy blood pressure. This trio of minerals can be found in milk and milk products.
In regards to reducing the risk of heart disease, recent evidence has shown that focusing on the overall nutritional quality of a diet, rather than single foods or nutrients, has a significant positive impact on heart health. Focus on a healthy eating plan that emphasizes a balanced intake of low-fat and fat-free dairy products, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.
The large-scale government study called Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, referred to as the DASH diet found that a balanced low-fat diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy foods may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure as effectively as some medications. Blood pressure reductions were immediate and occurred within two weeks after the participants started on the diets.
The greatest improvement in blood pressure was observed with the combination diet, which included nearly three servings of low-fat dairy products along with eight-10 servings of fruits and vegetables.