December 08, 2010
Whey Protein Lowers Blood Pressure?

Here's one whey to lower your blood pressure. (sorry, couldn't resist)

PULLMAN, Wash.óBeverages supplemented by whey-based protein can significantly reduce elevated blood pressure, reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease, a Washington State University study has found.

Research led by nutritional biochemist Susan Fluegel and published in International Dairy Journal found that daily doses of commonly available whey brought a more than six-point reduction in the average blood pressure of men and women with elevated systolic and diastolic blood pressures. While the study was confined to 71 student subjects between the ages of 18 and 26, Fluegel says older people with blood pressure issues would likely get similar results.

"One of the things I like about this is it is low-cost," says Fluegel, a nutritional biochemistry instructor interested in treating disease through changes in nutrition and exercise. "Not only that, whey protein has not been shown to be harmful in any way."

Some lines of evidence support the idea that whey increases muscle growth from work-outs.

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Phillep Harding said at December 9, 2010 12:59 PM:

My metabolism is different now. I'd like something a little more certain than "should".

WJ said at December 9, 2010 9:55 PM:

I use whey protein as part of my weight training program, but I was under the impression that too much protein could be harmful to your kidneys. I also haven't noticed a reduction in my blood pressure. I have a BP monitor (family history) and my BP is higher than it's ever been, though I only recently started using the monitor again.

Red said at December 9, 2010 10:39 PM:

Was surprised not to see this ( on any future oriented websites a few weeks back. Radical lowering of blood pressure from a simple procedure and a reasonable prospect it will lead to a cure.

Phillep Harding said at December 10, 2010 10:10 AM:

The subject of Red's post is:

Catheter-based radiofrequency (RF) ablation of the renal nerves

I feel a little sceptical about treating what makes the body show symptoms instead of the base problem, just on general principles.

Red said at December 10, 2010 11:14 AM:

It's not just treating symptoms. It's lowering blood pressure considerably. The underlying thesis is that the sympathetic nervous system is the cause of hypertension. By eliminating the renal nerves you ARE addressing the base problem.

Ross said at December 12, 2010 11:57 AM:

The study might be extremely well done but it should be noted that Washington State University is looking for wheys to increase the consumption of the whey the region has left over from making cheese. I am not in any way saying the study is flawed. I have not seen it. I am saying that when you have studies conducted by a university with an economic incentive for the study to reach a certain conclusion that should be mentioned.

michaelt said at December 12, 2010 2:58 PM:

Are you implying the study was influenced by Big Cheese?

RockThisTown said at December 12, 2010 3:15 PM:

The whey protein can help with muscle damage after an intense muscle utilization such as running a considerably long distance (10K+), cycling a long distance (50K+), or sustained (2hrs+) free-weight/machine workout. The protein can help rebuild & repair damaged muscles, but more than likely, it's not the whey protein that lowers bp; it's the workout(s) themselves. Other protein types may accomplish the same thing. I'd be skeptical w/o more evidence, particularly in light of Ross' mention of a potential economic bias.

nick said at December 13, 2010 4:42 PM:

Doesn't arginine have the same effect?

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