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Probiotic Cheese Linked With Lower BMI and Blood Pressure

Following a low calorie diet supplemented with a probiotic cheese may help reduce blood pressure and lower body mass index (BMI) in adults with obesity and hypertension.

Researchers recruited 40 obese Russian adults who had diagnoses of hypertension to participate in the study. Over the course of three weeks, they were all instructed to consume a low calorie diet (1,500 calories daily). Half of the group was given a cheese containing the probiotic L. plantarum Tensia while the other half consumed a cheese that did not contain the probiotic.

At the conclusion of the study, the probiotic cheese group had reductions in BMI of 2 kg/m2, while the non-probiotic cheese group had reductions of 1.6 kg/m2. Participants in the probiotic cheese group also saw a significant decrease in water content.

Participants in both groups who were taking blood pressure lowering drugs had similar reductions in blood pressure. However the probiotic cheese group had lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the mornings.

Researchers from the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Bio-Competence Center of Healthy Daily Products LLC in Estonia and the University of Tartu in Estonia conducted the study. It was published on October 12, 2013, in Nutrition Journal.

Previous studies have linked consumption of L. plantarum Tensia with lower chances of food born infections and increased beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

While Tensia is a specific probiotic, other probiotics are also beneficial to your health. They can be found naturally in many foods, such as yogurt, milk and sauerkraut. You may also consider taking a high quality supplement but make sure it is packaged to block light, air and moisture, which can easily kill probiotics.

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