A vegan regimen with reduced medication in the treatment of hypertension

Br J Nutr. 1984 Jul;52(1):11-20. doi: 10.1079/bjn19840066.


Twenty-nine patients who had suffered from essential hypertension for an average of 8 years, all receiving long-term medication for hypertension, were subject to therapy with vegan food for 1 year. In almost all cases medication was withdrawn or drastically reduced. There was a significant decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. A number of reported symptoms disappeared. There was a significant improvement in a number of clinical variables as well as a significant change in various biochemical indices such as urea, haptoglobin, cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations in blood. Subjectively all patients reported improvement. Selected patients, with a fear of side-effects of medication, who are interested in alternative health care might replace conventional medication with this dietary regimen.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Proteins / analysis
  • Cholesterol / blood
  • Diet, Vegetarian*
  • Electrolytes / blood
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / blood
  • Hypertension / diet therapy*
  • Hypertension / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Compliance
  • Triglycerides / blood


  • Blood Proteins
  • Electrolytes
  • Triglycerides
  • Cholesterol