When we talk about the lowering of blood pressure or tackling other health issues, we usually recommend foods to avoid.
Sometimes, this includes cutting out fat or sugar etc.
But some foods actually lower blood pressure. In today’s article, we’ll list seven types of food that you should absolutely load up on to bring your blood pressure down.
1. Potassium. Potassium works by increasing the amount of aldosterone in your body which, in turn, forces your kidneys to excrete more salt and water. In other words, while salt increases body fluid and thereby blood pressure, potassium lowers salt, body fluid, and blood pressure. Potassium-rich foods that can assist with this include banana, avocado, potato, sun-dried tomato, soybeans, kidney beans, spinach, collard greens, kale, and most dried fruits.
2. Magnesium. Magnesium serves as a natural calcium channel blocker. It widens your arteries so that blood can flow smoothly through them. Calcium channel blocking is precisely the effect that some blood pressure drugs attempt to accomplish. Magnesium rich foods include collard greens, spinach, kale, almonds, sunflower seeds, dark chocolate, soybeans, and kidney beans.
3. Potassium with Magnesium. Research suggests that you can achieve the maximum effect by combining potassium and magnesium. They seem to support and strengthen each other, probably because they tackle two physical mechanisms that underlie high blood pressure. The top food that combines the two would be kale, which you can pan-fry as chips, bake in vegetable bakes, and stir-fry with other vegetables- yum!
4. Nitric Oxide. Nitric Oxide also widens your arteries so that blood can flow easily without putting pressure onto your heart to pump harder. The best form is found in cold or half-raw foods, like beetroot and celery. In fact, a recent review of 16 studies that comprised a total of 254 participants, it was demonstrated that the intake of beetroot juice reduces blood pressure by 4-10 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) for several hours after consumption.
5. Omega-3 fatty acids. Several mechanisms have been proposed behind the blood pressure lowering effects of omega-3, but at this stage, little agreement exists beyond the fact that it is effective. A recent scientific review of 17 studies, with a total of 1,524 volunteers, showed that most studies consider it to be effective. The best sources of omega-3 include fish, olive oil, walnuts, and flaxseeds.
6. Allicin. This is an active ingredient in garlic. It is produced when garlic is crushed or chewed. Adding garlic to all your food will tackle the oxidative damage and inflammation that contributes to high blood pressure. Your friends may avoid you because of your smelly breath, but you can just eat plenty of parsley to counter the smell.
7. Pterostilbene. The mechanism via which it lowers blood pressure is unknown, but there is evidence that Pterostilbene is effective. You can find it in almonds, cranberries, blueberries, and bilberries. Berries on your morning cereal or in your smoothies are fantastic.