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After analyzing the results, they found that higher intakes of yogurt were associated with a 30 percent reduction in risk of cardiac arrest for women and a 19 percent decrease for men.
Furthermore, men and women, who ate more than two servings of yogurt a week had about a 20 percent lower risk of major coronary heart disease or stroke.
“Our results provide important new evidence that yogurt may benefit heart health alone or as a consistent part of a diet rich in fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains." they said.
While they didn’t note whether one type of yogurt was better than the other or why it could be beneficial, they said the treat may help prevent clogging of the heart’s blood vessels.
In fact, higher dairy consumption has been previously linked to positive effects on "cardiovascular disease-related comorbidities such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and insulin resistance," they wrote.
Now the researchers hope to continue their investigations to confirm their findings and to help doctors better treat hytensive patients.
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