A 1997 study in The New England Journal of Medicine showed that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy foods, with reduced saturated and total fat, can substantially lower blood pressure.
- This diet was as effective as some medications at lowering blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension. If you’re taking medication, don’t stop, but ask your physician if you should try the DASH diet.
- The diet may prevent or delay the need for medication in patients with borderline high blood pressure.
- A more recent study verified these results and also found that people who follow the DASH diet and a low sodium diet have the greatest reduction in blood pressure.