Eat your way towards lower blood pressure

High blood pressure? You probably hear a lot of ‘Cut down on your salt’ and ‘Don’t stress out too much’ and other things telling you what you shouldn’t be eating or doing. But what you don’t here too often is the kind of diet you should follow, or the food items you should be eating to keep your blood pressure under check.

Here’s a list of food articles that SHOULD form a part of your diet if you have a high blood pressure.

Spinach: A rich source of magnesium, iron and potassium. And even though spinach does not go well with most of our palettes, it is important to have it as our meal as it contains three vital nutrients that help to maintain your blood pressure.

Skimmed milk: Easily available and forms a part of the daily diet for most of us. It contains a lot of calcium, in addition to vitamin D which together help reduce your blood pressure and keep it under check.

Banana: Another rich source of potassium, which is vital to keep your blood pressure under control.

Tomatoes: Rich in vitamin C, potassium and calcium, all essential to control your blood pressure. In addition, tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene, an anti-oxidant which is well known to reduce high blood pressure. Tomato consumption may also be beneficial to reduce cardiovascular diseases.

Dark chocolate: Another reason to treat yourself to some chocolates. Recent studies suggest that chocolates contain flavanols, which help lower blood pressure in High Blood Pressure patients. But make sure you don’t use this as reason to eat excess of sweets.

Nuts: Almonds and other nuts provide your body with the required potassium, magnesium and proteins. Also a source of fiber and the necessary fats the body needs, nuts can not only help control blood pressure, but also protect against other cardiovascular problems.

Soya beans: These beans are full of potassium that fights high blood pressure.

Broccoli: Potassium in broccoli helps fight high blood pressure. In addition to potassium, it also contains a high amount of chromium which fights cardiovascular diseases.

Garlic: Garlic is capable of doing wonders to your body. With several properties that help prevent blood from clotting and blood vessels from thickening, it protects your blood vessels from damage if you have a high blood pressure.

Kiwi: A fruit that in recent times has been suggested by some doctors to fight hypertension. Rich in Vitamin C and potassium, two nutrients that fight high blood pressure, kiwis also contains lutein, an anti-oxidant also helps fight high blood pressure.

Remember to have these food articles form a part of your everyday diet and watch as your blood pressure gradually comes under control.

Remember to eat healthy, and stay healthy.

4 thoughts on “Eat your way towards lower blood pressure

  1. Food and Veins August 28, 2012 at 4:07 PM Reply

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  3. Tim Hernandez April 29, 2013 at 4:41 AM Reply

    Blood pressure went up recently. Can this happen during a cold or flu?
    Can blood pressure go up during a period of grief?

    • ASIAN HEART INSTITUTE June 20, 2013 at 12:24 PM Reply

      Your blood pressure can go up because of many reasons, including work stress or grief. It is wise to get yourself checked to find the root cause and appropriate steps can be taken.

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