It sounds too delicious to be true: You can beat hypertension and even eliminate blood pressure drugs by simply enjoying a little oatmeal every day.

But it is true--because a new study confirms again that the healthiest whole grains can dramatically lower your blood pressure levels.

Scottish researchers randomly assigned more than 233 volunteers to eat three servings a day of either whole grains--in the form of whole wheat and oats--or refined cereals.

Each serving was a single slice of bread or half a cup of oats-- and other than that, the volunteers enjoyed their normal diets.

After three months, the volunteers who ate the whole grains had lowered their systolic blood pressure by 6 mm Hg--or roughly in line with the drop many people get from meds, according to the study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The whole grains group also lowered their pulse pressure by 3 mm Hg.

Extrapolating their numbers, the researchers say those three servings of whole grains a day can reduce the incidence of stroke by 25 percent and heart attack by 15 percent.

There's just one caveat here: If you're trying to lose weight, you'll want to limit whole grains, especially whole-grain bread. Carbs--even healthier carbs like these whole grains-- can slow, stop or even reverse your weight loss.

Since losing the weight is the fastest and easiest way to reduce your blood pressure and improve overall health, make that your first priority.

But if you're already at or near your ideal weight and ready to work some healthy whole grains into your diet, then start out with the best whole grain of all: that oatmeal I mentioned earlier.

Just make sure it's real whole-grain steel-cut oatmeal like McCann's and not a pouch of processed sugar-filled "instant" junk food.

Then, boost the flavor with cinnamon instead of sugar. As I mentioned recently, cinnamon can help keep your blood-sugar levels in check and lower your blood pressure.

And don't stop there.

Sprinkle in some antioxidant-rich berries, such as blueberries. They're great for your heart, and they can also help lower blood pressure. Nuts, flax seed and bananas can also enhance flavor and boost your health at the same time.

Once you've put it all together, it's no longer an ordinary winter breakfast--it's a true anytime superfood.