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Potatoes Lower Blood Pressure

Monday, 06 February 2012 01:46 PM

Purple Majesty potatoes are not only a colorful alternative to white spuds, but they also can keep your blood pressure in check, a new study has found.

University of Scranton, reporting in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, said people who ate two small helpings of the potatoes a day experienced about a 4 percent decrease in blood pressure, without gaining weight.
Researchers said that decrease, while small, can potentially reduce the risk of several forms of heart disease.
Lead researcher Joe Vinson noted Americans eat more potatoes than any other vegetable. Purple-skinned potatoes, a boutique variety increasingly available in food stores, have high levels of healthful antioxidant compounds.
In Korea, they are used in folk medicine as a way to lose weight.
Vinson's team tested the effects of eating six to eight of the small microwaved purple potatoes twice a day on 18 volunteers, most of whom were overweight with high blood pressure. The volunteers ate potatoes or no potatoes for four weeks, and then switched to the opposite regimen for another four weeks while researchers monitored their blood pressure.
At the end of the study, the researchers found diastolic blood pressure (the “lower” number in readings) dropped by 4.3 percent and systolic pressure (the “top” number) decreased by 3.5 percent.
The scientists said it’s unclear whether white potatoes have the same beneficial effects.

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