Italian researchers from the Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital and Catholic University of Piacenza in Italy conducted a trial on 30 hypertensive adults over a 2 month period. During this period the participants were given either a placebo or an ounce of Grana Padano each day and monitored the blood pressure daily.
The results of the research showed a 7 to 8 mmHg reduction in systolic blood pressure as well as a 5 to 7 mmHg drop in diastolic blood pressure for those who ate Grana Padano. No changes were seen in body mass index or blood lipids and blood sugar.
The results are believed to be due to a particular amino acid contained in the cheese.
“The effects are similar to what you would expect with antihypertensive medications,” said Dr. Giuseppe Crippa. “Adding a little Grana Padano to a healthy diet may provide clinically significant blood pressure lowering benefits.”
Further research is planned to discover whether the age of the cheese has any influence on the levels of the beneficial animo acid.
This research was originally published in 2011 but was presented at a hypertension conference in New York last week:
BLOOD PRESSURE LOWERING EFFECT OF DIETARY INTEGRATION WITH GRANA PADANO CHEESE IN HYPERTENSIVE PATIENTS: 2C.02
Crippa, G.1; Bosi, M.2; Cassi, A.1; Fiorentini, L.2; Rossi, F.2, Journal of Hypertension: June 2011 – Volume 29 – Issue – p e27
The full research document can be purchased here.
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