Antihypertensive Effect of Probiotics

Author : Sasikala Sasikumar and Kannan Eagappan

Hypertension is a major health problem worldwide. Optimizing blood pressure control has been shown to improve overall health outcomes. Besides pharmacological therapies, non pharmacological approach such as dietary modification using Probiotics play an important role in controlling blood pressure. Probiotics are live organisms that are primarily used to improve gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, lactose intolerance, and to inhibit the excessive proliferation of pathogenic intestinal bacteria. However, recent studies have suggested that probiotics could have beneficial effects beyond gastrointestinal health, as they were found to improve certain metabolic disorders such as hypertension. This review discusses the antihypertensive roles of probiotics in controlling blood pressure.

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