Blood Pressure Regulation and Vegetarian Diets

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*Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20016; Phone: 202–686–2210, ext. 303; Fax: 202–686–2216; E-mail: nbarnard@pcrm.org.

Abstract

Hypertension affects approximately 50 million individuals in the United States and approximately 1 billion worldwide. Although heredity plays a role in blood pressure variability, diet and lifestyle exert considerable influence in blood pressure regulation. This report reviews the evidence of the relationship between a vegetarian diet and blood pressure regulation and presents data as to the putative mechanisms of action.

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