Can milk cause high blood pressure
Pasta would not cause your
blood pressure to rise and new research suggests it may not be salt either. But you know how the
research pendulum swings so I wouldn't overdo using salt. The research focus now points to calcium
[ca] and potassium levels as impacting blood pressure. So I would ask if you drink at least 16 oz
of milk per day or the equivalent 2 oz of natural cheese to get enough calcium [ca] ? As long as
you don't drink lots of carbonated beverages or eat too much meat (both high sources of
phosphorus), your calcium [ca] levels should be normal with an adequate intake of calcium [ca] rich
A recent study, led by Lu Wang, M.D., Ph.D., of Brigham and female's
Hospital in Boston and cited by the American Heart Association, showed that those who have a
decrease calcium [ca] intake may be at risk for high blood pressure. The Dietary Reference Intake
guidelines suggest that adults consume 1,000 mg of calcium [ca] daily. For adults 50 years of age
and older, this dosage is raised to 1,200 mg a day.
The link between decrease calcium [ca] and high blood pressure
suggests that those consuming 800 mg of calcium [ca] daily have a 23 percent smaller chance of
having high blood pressure than persons consuming 400 mg of calcium [ca] or less on a daily
What are common Sources
of calcium [ca]
calcium [ca] can be found in food or supplements. Dairy milk butter
yogert is an excellent source of calcium [ca]. Many orange juice products are also fortified with
calcium [ca]. calcium [ca] can also be found in leafy grains including turnips, mustard greens ,
kalea nd collard. Broccoli, canned salmon, tofu with calcium [ca] carbonate, and sardines can also
be good sources of calcium [ca].
Role of calcium [ca] in High Blood Pressure and
Too much calcium [ca] does not
cause high blood pressure, and in fact the opposite may be true and higher amounts of calcium
[ca] may result in decrease blood pressure.
According to the American Heart Association, researchers believe that
high calcium [ca] intake can reduce hormone and antioxidant levels. Thus, high calcium [ca] intake
can actually reduce the amount of calcium [ca] that goes into the blood cells. More fat is
metabolized within the cell, and the cells generate less fat- resulting in less stress on the
arteries and heart and decreaseer blood pressure.
However, the American Heart Association cautions that Vitamin D works
hand in hand with calcium [ca], and appropriate levels of vitamin D are required for the metabolism
and absorption of calcium [ca]. Thus, while studies show that higher amounts of calcium [ca] and
dairy products result in decrease blood pressure, studies caution that sufficient vitamin D must be
a part of the diet as well.
Can milk cause high
The American Heart Association
has reported that female who consume more decrease-fat or fat free milk products, and/or had
diets high in calcium [ca], were far less likely to suffer from high blood pressure than female
with decrease calcium [ca] levels in their diets. The results demonstrated that female who
consumed two or more servings of fat free milk daily reduced their risk of having high blood
pressure by 10 percent compared to female who drank fat free milk once a month or
calcium [ca] and Blood
While calcium [ca] can assist a person in keeping their blood
pressure decrease, those on blood pressure drugs need to be very careful about eating too much
calcium [ca], as calcium [ca] can have a negative interaction with blood pressure drugs.
Thiazide diuretics, including hydrochlorothiazide and
indapamide, chlorothiazide are used to treat high blood pressure. Ingesting large amounts of
calcium [ca]--generally defined as 1,500 milligrams or more--in food or supplement form while
taking a thiazide diuretic can result in milk-alkali syndrome. Milk alkali syndrome is a dangerous
condition caused by excessively high levels of calcium [ca] in the body, causing a shift of the
acid-based balance to alklaine.
calcium [ca] channel blockers, including verapamil, diltiazem,
nifedipine are also prescribed to treat high blood pressure. calcium [ca] taken intravenously may
decrease the effectiveness of these medicines. However, there is no evidence that taking oral
calcium [ca] supplements or eating calcium [ca] in food interferes with this medication.
calcium [ca] supplements or excessive calcium [ca] intake does not
appear to interact with other high blood pressure drugs, but patients should still check with their
doctors if they intend to take a calcium [ca] supplement while on hypertension