Even for the eighth consecutive year, DASH Diet developed by the National Institutes of Health was ranked best among 40 others. A new research suggested that when combined DASH or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, with a low-sodium diet, it has the potential to lower the blood pressure and is better than anti-hypertension medications. DASH Diet focuses on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins, was ranked 1 in “healthy eating” and “heart disease prevention” categories. According to World Health Organization (WHO), hypertension also known as high blood pressure is globally the most common chronic condition. It is the major risk factor for heart disease that affects around 1 billion people across the globe and accounts for 1 in 8 deaths annually.
Research funded by NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) which developed DASH diet to prevent and treat high blood pressure and this diet has also proven highly effective in lowering blood cholesterol.
Previous research showed that people following the DASH diet were able to reduce their blood pressure by a few points in two weeks. Over time, their systolic blood pressure could drop by eight to 14 points, which significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.