Intestinal Bacteria Can Curb Adverse Effects of High BP (Representative Image) Photo: & nbspThinkstock
London: Our well-being depends in large part on what bacterial guests consume in our digestive tract, as researchers point out have found that beneficial intestinal microbes from a dietary fiber can produce a fatty acid called propionate to protect against the harmful effects of high blood pressure.
The substance calms the immune cells that increase blood pressure, according to the study published online in the journal Circulation. "Propionate works against a range of cardiovascular impairments caused by high blood pressure," said lead researcher Dominik Muller, a professor at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association in Berlin.
"This may be promising." Treatment option, especially for patients who have too little of this fatty acid, "said Muller, explaining why a high fiber diet, which has been recommended by nutritional organizations for many years, prevents cardiovascular disease.
Contains whole grains and fruits For example, cellulose and inulin fibers from which gut bacteria produce useful molecules such as propionate.
For the study, the researchers supplied mice with high blood pressure with propionate, after which the animals had less severe damage to the heart or abnormal enlargement of the organ Vascular damage such as atherosclerosis also decreased in mice