HealthDASH diet not only lowers blood pressure but also significantly reduces cholesterol levels in just two weeks, research finds

DASH diet not only lowers blood pressure but also significantly reduces cholesterol levels in just two weeks, research finds

The DASH diet will help lower cholesterol in 2 weeks.
The DASH diet will help lower cholesterol in 2 weeks.
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5:27 PM EST, January 15, 2024

Understanding the DASH diet

The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a nutritional plan designed to prevent and treat high blood pressure. It's high in nutrients that help lower blood pressure - fiber, protein, potassium, magnesium, and calcium - making it rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, lean protein, and low-fat dairy products. The diet is known for its low consumption of salt and saturated fats, and for excluding red meat and sweetened drinks from its recommended food intake.

The health impact of the DASH Diet

The DASH diet has a positive impact on health, especially with regard to cardiovascular health. Scientific research has confirmed that the DASH diet can lower blood pressure, help control blood glucose levels, and assist in maintaining a healthy body weight. Because of these properties, the DASH diet is often recommended for individuals with hypertension and type 2 diabetes, as well as those wanting to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease and maintain a healthy body weight.

The DASH Diet and cholesterol

Studies have shown that people who follow the DASH diet can lower their levels of LDL cholesterol, often referred to as "bad cholesterol," as well as triglycerides. This suggests that the diet can help reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.

Along with appropriate dietary fiber intake, which binds cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract and assists in its excretion, the DASH diet can contribute to overall health improvement, particularly heart health.

The latest meta-analysis, with results published in the "British Journal of Nutrition," reviewed and analyzed the influence of the DASH diet on the risk and development of cardiovascular diseases. According to the analyzed data, adopting the DASH diet results in a significant reduction in total cholesterol levels after just two weeks.

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