Drinking a glass of skimmed milk a day can cut blood pressure by up to a third, study finds.The study found middle-aged men and women who consumed lots of healthy dairy products, such as skimmed milk and low-fat yogurts, were much less likely to have high blood pressure later in life.
The research, carried out in the
Experts now think minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium – all found in milk – could play a vital role in protecting against high blood pressure, or hypertension.
Around 270,000 people a year in the
Clinical guidelines state a healthy reading - measured in millimeters of mercury, comparing when the heart beats to when it's at rest - is 120mmHg/80mmHg or below. Regular exercise and reduced salt intake can help to lower it but patients who have readings consistently above 140mmHg/90mmHg usually need drugs to control it.