From Bean Diet:
“In a study published in Public Health Nutrition (Oct. 2002), researchers looked at the blood pressures of people from four groups: meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans. They found mean systolic and diastolic blood pressures were significantly different between the four diet groups, with meat eaters having the highest values and vegans the lowest values. Vegans had blood pressures 1/2 to 1/3 lower than meat-eaters. ”
“A lower blood pressure means increased circulation, more oxygen delivered to cells – including heart, brain and immune cells. Lower blood pressure means not only will you live longer, but feel better, be less sick and have tons more energy (oxygen will do that, you know). Oh yes, and you will age more slowly.”
Personally, I’ve never had high blood pressure. Since I don’t always exercise and since there is some history of heart disease in my family, I have to think it’s my diet. I’ve been vegetarian virtually my entire life and vegan for the last couple years.