Additionally, new data also showed that lentils could reverse deteriorating blood vessel health.
The researchers explained that the study, which was conducted on rats, proved that consuming the health-boosting food regularly can effectively prevent the increase in blood pressure which occurs as we grow older.
Based on the findings, eating lentils can also reverse the changes that occur in blood vessels due to high blood pressure.
Dr. Peter Zahradka from the University of Manitoba, the lead investigator for the Canadian study, explained that this is good news because lentils are a "non-pharmacological way of treating diseases associated with blood vessel dysfunction."
The findings are a continuation of two earlier studies. The first was a clinical trial that showed how eating legumes – particularly a combination of beans, chickpeas, lentils, and peas – could boost blood flow to the legs of patients diagnosed with peripheral artery disease. This condition is connected to coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease.
The second study found that lentils could effectively block high blood pressure. (Related: Probiotics for your heart: Eat yogurt twice a week to reduce risk of heart attack in those with high blood pressure by up to 30%.)
Dr. Zahradka added that the most notable finding of the recent study illustrated how lentils could change the physical properties of blood vessels to make them resemble the vessels found in healthy animals. However, human studies are required to confirm these findings.
Dr. Julianne Curran, Pulse Canada's director of nutrition, scientific, and regulatory affairs, concluded that lentils could be part of a simple, cost-effective dietary strategy that can help address cardiovascular disease. Pulse Canada is the national association that represents the growers, processors, and traders of Canada's pulse crops.
In 2012, a study from the University of Toronto, led by Dr. David Jenkins, discovered that eating more pulses (e.g., beans, chickpeas, and lentils) helped lower the risk of heart disease by managing a patient's blood sugar levels.
If you or someone you love has high blood pressure, eat more of the foods below:
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