A study indicates that high blood pressure can be reduced with whey protein beverages.
The research found that daily whey protein supplementation delivered in fruit-flavored drinks brought an over 6 point reduction in the average blood pressure of individuals with elevated systolic and diastolic blood pressures. Although the study was restricted to 71 subjects between the ages of 18 and 26, older people with high blood pressure would probably get similar results.
Blood pressure reductions as seen in this study can reduce cardiovascular disease and bring a 35 to 40 percent reduction in fatal strokes.
Whey protein is a by-product of cheese production. Whey is digested rapidly, allowing the protein to become available for muscle building quickly. Whey protein is commonly used after bodybuilding workouts to help increase levels of amino acids in the blood. Whey assists with blood flow by inhibiting an angiotensin-converting enzyme which originally constricts blood vessels.