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London: To a great extent, our wellbeing depends on what bacteria that know our digestive tract as researchers have discovered that beneficial microorganisms of the intestine can produce from a dietary fiber a fatty acid called propionate that can protect against Harmful consequences of high blood pressure.
The substance calms immune cells that increase blood pressure, according to the study published in the journal Circulation. "The propitious one works against a series of deficiencies in the cardiovascular function caused by high blood pressure," said lead researcher Dominik Muller, a professor at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine at the Helmholtz Association in Berlin, Germany.
"This can be a promising treatment option, especially for patients who have little of this fatty acid," Muller said. The results explain why a diet rich in fiber, recommended by nutrition organizations for many years, helps to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Integral products and fruits, for example, contain cellulose and inulin fibers, of which intestinal bacteria produce beneficial molecules such as propionate.
For the study, the researchers fed propionate to mice with high blood pressure. Subsequently, animals had less pronounced damage to the heart or abnormal body enlargement, making them less susceptible to heart arrhythmia. Vascular damage, such as atherosclerosis, also decreased in mice, said the study.