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Gut Microbial Diversity Affects Systolic Blood Pressure via Flavonoid Metabolism

New research probes the extent to which the composition of the gut microbiome explains the beneficial link between flavonoid intake and lower blood pressures. In a sample of 904 participants, the authors performed 16S ribosomal RNA sequencing of fecal samples and showed higher flavonoid intake lowers systolic blood pressure levels and increases gut microbial diversity. Up to 15.2% of the association between flavonoid intake and systolic blood pressure can be explained by gut diversity.