If you're looking to keep your blood pressure down then you may want to drink your milk — just like your mother always told you.
New research has found that women who drank more fat-free milk and had higher intakes of calcium and vitamin D from foods, and not supplements, tended to have a lower risk for developing hypertension or high blood pressure. Here's more:
When the researchers investigated the benefits of milk specifically, they found women who drank two or more servings of fat-free milk each day reduced their risk for high blood pressure by up to 10 percent compared to those who drank fat-free milk less than once a month. The same was not found for higher fat milk and milk products or calcium and vitamin D supplement users.
Though I'm good for a glass of skim milk a day, many of us despise drinking milk, so keep in mind that the best defenses against hypertension still remain to exercise, reduce salt intake, quit smoking, limit alcohol intake, and lose excess weight.