Could Probiotics Lower High Blood Pressure?

If you’re trying to keep your blood pressure under control, having a daily carton of yogurt or other foods filled with probiotics could help, a new study finds. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria in fermented foods, like yogurt and some cheeses, that research has shown can improve digestive health, help the body fight off some infections, maybe even boost brain health. Studies have also indicated that these helpful microbes seem to lower blood pressure. Australian researchers, who looked at nine of …

With Blood Pressure, Both Arms Matter

The next time you get your blood pressure checked, ask them to measure it in both arms. If the readings for the left and right arm have markedly different top numbers, it could be a sign of vascular disease and an increased risk of death,  a new British study shows. With consequences that serious, you’d think that doctors would routinely check both arms. And they’re supposed to, according to medical guidelines. Unfortunately, most doctors don’t do it, say the authors …