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Fat Free Milk Reduces Hypertension Risk in Women

High Blood Pressure? Drink Milk

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.


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smugirl smugirl 9 years
You all should check out Apparently there is all sorts of yucky stuff in milk.
JessBear JessBear 9 years
SnowWhite and Spectra, that's exactly what I was going to say. Plus, isn't the best source of Vitamin D the sun? 15 minutes of sunlight and a salad, that's all you need.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
It's probably more the calcium and Vitamin D that affects your blood pressure than the milk itself. I'm sure you get the same benefits if you eat a lot of foods that are high in calcium and Vitamin D, like leafy greens, yogurt, cheese, etc.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
No milk for me until I get over my sinus infection...not the cow variety at least! I may get some goat milk for my coffee.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Not much of a milk fan...
SnowWhite51 SnowWhite51 9 years
Wackdoodle- I know, that's exactly what I meant. Thank you for listing the additional resources. :-)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Good to know. I love milk, too. I drink three glasses of skim milk a day. My hubbie teases me. He calls me a baby!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
The study says this worked in "middle aged woman" who drank non-fat milk. No mention of lactose-free milk. But it's an article paraphrasing a study so...
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Will lactose-free milk have the same benefits? Because I can't drink regular milk...
Semirose Semirose 9 years
mmm milk, I go through ridiculous amounts of milk a week (at least two small glasses of skim everyday plus cereal is my favourite breakfast and snack food) and I've been doing the diet and exercise thing and my bp is still high. It's rather frustrating.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
SnowWhite51 - All studies are funded by someone with either something to gain or something to protect. Doesn't matter who funds a study pro or con, the funders have an agenda, and its not public health. It's proving that their side is right and the other side is wrong - and drawing more believers into the fold. Until our government has the resources or the desire to fund all nutritional studies, it will remain this way. The way its always been. Suggested reading - Scientific American September 2007 - Feast or Famine Issue - an article entitled "Take Nutritional Claims with a Grain of Salt". You can read it online at
SnowWhite51 SnowWhite51 9 years
The important part is getting vitamin D and Calcium from food sources instead of supplements, but it doesn't necessarily have to be milk. Often these studies are funded by the dairy industry! :-)
Naturalla Naturalla 9 years
yumm I LOVE milk
emalove emalove 9 years
I love milk...drinking it daily is easy for me.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
Good info. Thanks!!!! I feel like all that I have been hearing is about high blood pressure today. My husband had a physical today and his blood pressure was way high. So these are some good tips for him.
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