COMMON FOODS TO LOWER HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

October 4, 2013 by  
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lower high blood pressureHyper tension is also known as High Blood pressure. High Blood pressure(BP) can lead to Heart attacks, Strokes and paralysis of the body as it affects the brain too.

Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, even if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels.

Although a few people with early-stage high blood pressure may have dull headaches, dizzy spells or a few more nosebleeds than normal, these signs and symptoms typically don’t occur until high blood pressure has reached a severe — even life-threatening — stage.

If you are diagnosed with hypertension i.e. a systolic/ diastolic pressure of 140/90 mmHg or above, then along with medications, you ought to make certain lifestyle changestoo, mainly – your diet.

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Risk factors:

High blood pressure has many risk factors, including: age, family history, being over weight or obese, not being physically active, using tobacco, too much salt in your diet, drinking too much alcohol, Stress and certain chronic heath ailments like high cholesterol, diabetes, kidney diseases and sleep disorders.

Complications:

Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to : Heart attack or stroke due to hardening and thickening of the arteries,  Aneurysm due to weakening and bulging of blood vessels leading to rupture and blood loss, Heart failure, improper functioning of other critical organs. Affects brain functioning – ability to think, understand, remember and learn too.


How diet can lower High Blood pressure:

Diet is the first line of defense for prevention of hypertension and related diseases.

A healthy diet is one of the most powerful ways to lower blood pressure. Many commonly available foods can reduce your High blood pressure in as little as two weeks. Allocate adequate time for sleep, exercise and you can see the major difference.

1.  Sprouts

Sprouts contain an antioxidant called glucoraphanin that has the ability to lower blood pressure and reduce the inflammation in the heart, arteries and kidneys. The effects of this antioxidant can also reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. Be sure to eat fresh sprouts as they have the highest concentration of proteins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, anticarcinogens, vitamins and minerals.

2.  Spinach

Spinach is a folate-rich food that can lower your risk of hypertension. This leafy green vegetable also provides a completely absorbable, balanced protein along with antioxidants that help lower blood pressure.

3.  Bananas

Bananas have a high content of potassium, which is known to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke. Bananas are also low in sodium, which is important for people with high blood pressure to avoid. Just one banana a day can provide a dose of potassium, helping to reduce blood pressure and fend off various cardiovascular diseases. Along with bananas, you can also eat other fruits such as apples, plums, pears, pomegranate, and mangoes.

4.  Garlic

Garlic has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties that can fight coronary heart disease by unplugging arteries. The gas that garlic produces in the stomach relaxes your arteries and lowers blood pressure. Eating one garlic clove a day can significantly reduce your blood pressure in as little as three months.

5.  Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that helps protect your cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. The lycopene and other carotenoids found in tomatoes help in reducing high blood pressure and lowering the risk of heart disease. Tomatoes also contain nutrients such as calcium, potassium, and vitamins A, C and E that are good for your overall health. Tomatoes can significantly lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure among those who have hypertension.

6.  Potatoes

Potatoes are rich in potassium and also contain a blood pressure-lowering compound called kukoamines. They also contain an assortment of minerals and vitamins, such as vitamins C, B6, B1 and B3; magnesium, iron, zinc and phosphorus; as well as carotenoids and natural phenols. All these minerals and vitamins are good for your overall health. For best results, be sure to prepare your potatoes without frying them and eat them without adding butter, margarine or sour cream.

7.  Almonds

Nuts like almonds provide protein and healthy fats that are good for your health. The high amount of good protein in almonds and almond milk helps lower high blood pressure and fight against diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The monounsaturated fats in almonds have been found to lower cholesterol levels, reduce arterial inflammation, and ultimately lower blood pressure. The potassium present in almonds can reduce the negative effects of sodium on blood pressure. Healthy fats also promote cardiovascular health.

8.  Olive Oil

Olive oil has free radical-fighting antioxidants known as polyphenols. Olive oil also is high in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid, which helps prevent high blood pressure. However, it is essential to bear in mind that olive oil loses much of its health benefits when heated. Due to this, try to use olive oil without cooking it. You can drizzle it on a salad or stir it into a bowl of roasted potatoes to enjoy maximum benefits.

9.  Celery

This crunchy green vegetable has a compound called 3-n-butyl phthalide that relaxes the smooth muscle lining in blood vessels, reducing blood pressure. Celery is also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium that help reduce blood pressure.

10.  Salmon

The omega-3 fatty acids as well as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), primarily found in cold-water fish like salmon, reduce inflammation and prevent high blood pressure. Also, salmon has low fat and high protein content that is good for people with high blood pressure. You can also eat other cold-water fishes such as mackerel, halibut, anchovies, tuna, and herring. If you do not like the taste of fish, you can opt for fish oil supplements.

These common foods can help lower your blood pressure, in very little time for few individuals. In addition, limit your intake of sugar and saturated fats as they can increase inflammation and harden your arteries, which results in hypertension.

Prevention of High Blood pressure:

Lose weight, Exercise regularly, Cut down salt intake, Cut down coffee intake, Limit the amount of alcohol , Stop smoking

Foods to avoid: Papads and pickles, Canned and Processed foods, Frozen foods, etc.

Go ahead, Be happy, Live long and healthy….

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