When it comes to a heart-healthy, blood pressure friendly diet there’s a lot of “no.” No red meat, no salt, no sweets—It’s enough to send your stress levels through the roof (which is also bad for your blood pressure). The bad news is there’s no single secret of how to lower blood pressure to a healthy level, which according to the American Heart Association is less than 120/80 mm Hg. The good news is that the dietary path to a healthier heart has a whole lot of “yes.”
Here is a list of foods to help you reduce and control your blood pressure
- Kale – Kale has a unique nutrition profile; it’s rich in magnesium, potassium and vitamin C. The research suggests that both potassium and vitamin C enhance the blood pressure lowering properties of magnesium.
- Cashews and Almonds – Low magnesium levels are very strongly linked to high blood pressure. Replacing this magnesium deficiency is shown to markedly improve blood pressure. Cashews and almonds are extremely high in magnesium.
- Green Tea – The catechise in green tea have been shown to increase the diameter of arteries by up to 40%. This improved blood flow and reduces blood pressure.
- Olive Oil – Frequent olive oil intake has been heavily linked with cardiovascular benefits for many years. Small studies have shown extra virgin olive oil can significantly reduce blood pressure compared to sunflower oil.
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