Quote from Study: In summary, a hypocaloric diet containing oats consumed over 6 wk resulted in greater improvements in systolic blood pressure and lipid profile than did a hypocaloric diet without oats.

Study:  An Oat-Containing Hypocaloric Diet Reduces Systolic Blood Pressure and Improves Lipid Profile beyond Effects of Weight Loss in Men and Women
Authors:  Edward Saltzman, Sai Krupa Das, Alice H. Lichtenstein, Gerard E. Dallal, Alberto Corrales, Ernst J. Schaefer, Andrew S. Greenberg and Susan B. Roberts
Publication:  J. Nutr. 2001;131: 1465–1470.
Summary:  For 6 weeks 21 received a low calorie diet and 22 adults received the same type of diet with the addition of oats. The oat group saw significant decreases in systolic blood pressure, total and LDL cholesterol.
Link:  http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/reprint/131/5/1465

Quote from Study: Results suggest that a diet containing soluble fiber-rich whole oats can significantly reduce the need for antihypertensive medication and improve BP control.

Study:  Do whole-grain oat cereals reduce the need for antihypertensive medications and improve blood pressure control?
Authors:  Pins JJ, Geleva D, Keenan JM, Frazel C, O’Connor PJ, Cherney LM.
Publication:  J Fam Pract. 2002 Apr;51(4):353-9.
Summary:  88 men and women were randomized to compare 2 whole grain cereals with 2 refined grain cereals for 12 weeks.  73% of the oat group was about to stop or reduce their medication by half were as only 42% of the control group was able to do so. The oat group also lowered their total cholsterol 24.2mg/dl, LDL cholesterol 16.2 mg/dl, and plasma glucose levels 15.03mg/dl.
Link:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11978259

Quote from Study: The addition of oat cereals to the normal diet of patients with hypertension significantly reduces both SBP (systolic blood pressure) and DBP (diastolic blood pressure).

Study:  Oat ingestion reduces systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with mild or borderline hypertension: a pilot trial.
Authors:  Keenan JM, Pins JJ, Frazel C, Moran A, Turnquist L.
Publication:  J Fam Pract. 2002 Apr;51(4):369.
Summary:  18 men and women were randomized to receive either an oat cereal or a low fiber cereal for 6 weeks. The oat cereal group lowered their Systolic blood pressure 7.5mm Hg and their diastolic blood pressure 5.5mm Hg while there was no change in the control group. The oat cereal group also had a significant reduction in total cholesterol (-9%) and LDL cholesterol (-14%)
Link:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11978262

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