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Health Alert: Lowering blood pressure with menu additions

CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- A new report says your blood pressure might benefit from a simple addition to the  menu!

If you've been told you have high blood pressure you need to see your doctor regularly and take your medications as directed.  But this new report in the American Journal of Hypertension found that you may also want to eat beans.  Local 12's medical reporter, Liz Bonis, stopped out at the Family Medical Group in Western Hills to tell you more about this research.

Researchers looked at 8 trials of more than 500 people and found those with or without high blood pressure who were told to eat beans instead of other foods had on average about a two point lower blood pressure than those who did not eat beans.  Beans, peas and lentils are all in the same category and are high in fiber.  There is something in these foods that researchers call "non-nutrients" in the color, the flavor and the texture of the food that could make a difference.  Nobody is sure what about these foods lowers the blood pressure but researchers know over time on a regular basis they can lower blood pressure.

So if you could get even up to a cup a day of beans, peas or lentils experts found this may help better balance blood pressure.

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