Expert Susan Fluegel Risk of stroke and heart disease may now be averted by daily doses of beverages beefed up with whey-based protein. A groundbreaking study triggered by the Washington State University claims that beverages supplemented by whey-based protein can decline increased blood pressure dramatically. Everyday consumption of whey supposedly leads to a more than six-point decrease in the average blood pressure of men and women with heightened systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

The study was undertaken on 71 students aged between 18 and 26 years. Apart from being affordable, whey protein does not seem to be harmful in any way. Previously experts were unable to register any consistent improvement in drinking whey-supplemented beverages and blood-pressure alterations. Hence, volunteers were divided into different groups and significant improvements among those with different types of elevated blood pressure appeared. Starting from the first week of the study itself, benefits of whey possibly lasted through the six-week course.

The supplements delivered in fruit-flavored drinks did not seem to lower blood pressure of those who did not have elevated pressure. Susan Fluegel, a nutritional biochemistry instructor also the lead author of the study and colleagues claim that beverages with whey-based protein can help reduce cardiovascular disease and lead to a 35 to 40 percent decline in fatal strokes. The findings apparently have greater significance for patients diagnosed with systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

The study was published in the International Dairy Journal.