Is Milk Good for High Blood Pressure? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Milk is good for high blood pressure. Because it has calcium, potassium, and phosphorus and they can help lower blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels and reducing the fluid retention in the body.

High blood pressure is a condition that affects your heart and blood vessels.

In high blood pressure, your body has a higher force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, and vision loss.

One of the key factors in managing high blood pressure is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood pressure level, which can impact your high blood pressure symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage high blood pressure, you should consume potassium, calcium, and magnesium rich foods like bananas, spinach, and yogurt and avoid sodium, saturated fat, and alcohol rich foods like processed meats, cheese, and beer.

Now, milk is a liquid food that is produced by mammals.

People usually drink milk as a beverage or use it to make other dairy products like cheese, butter, and yogurt.

Milk is good for high blood pressure because it contains calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.

These minerals can help lower blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels and reducing the fluid retention in the body.

However, this may depend on the type and amount of milk you consume.

Skim milk or low-fat milk is better than whole milk or flavored milk, as they have less saturated fat and added sugar, which can raise blood pressure.

One cup of skim milk can give you about 30% of your daily calcium needs, 10% of your daily potassium needs, and 20% of your daily phosphorus needs.

Calcium can help lower blood pressure by regulating the contraction and relaxation of the blood vessels and the heart muscle.

Potassium can help lower blood pressure by balancing the effects of sodium and reducing the fluid retention in the body.

Phosphorus can help lower blood pressure by maintaining the acid-base balance in the blood and preventing the buildup of calcium in the arteries.

Furthermore, milk is a dairy product and dairy products are good for high blood pressure.

Because, they contain bioactive peptides, which are protein fragments that can act as natural angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

ACE inhibitors are a type of medication that can lower blood pressure by preventing the formation of a hormone that narrows the blood vessels.

You can drink two to three cups of skim milk or low-fat milk per day safely.

More than that can cause bloating, gas, or diarrhea.

Also, you shouldn’t drink milk if you have lactose intolerance or a milk allergy to prevent digestive problems or allergic reactions.

Because, your body cannot digest or tolerate the sugar or protein in milk.

You can buy fresh milk in your local market or can order it online.

Always choose milk that is pasteurized, homogenized, and fortified with vitamin D.

Because, these processes can make milk safer, smoother, and more nutritious.

You can store milk in the refrigerator for up to seven days or in the freezer for up to three months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing high blood pressure effectively.

I always recommend my high blood pressure patients to follow a high blood pressure-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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