A new study published in The World Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases suggests that high blood pressure is caused by one specific mineral deficiency.
And the great news is that one delicious sweet is loaded with this exact mineral you need. Plus it’s full of antioxidants and other health benefits.
You can grab a pack of this sweet in any supermarket or health food store.
The study authors, two academics at the School of Life and Medical Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire, recruited 46 subjects from the same geographical area. 25 of them suffered from high blood pressure while the other 21 had normal readings.
The scientists asked them to record their daily diets so that they could analyze how much magnesium they consumed per day.
In general, they found that all their subjects consumed less magnesium than both the British and American recommended daily intake.
Those with high blood pressure, however, consumed substantially less magnesium than both of these recommended daily intakes and less than subjects with normal blood pressure.
They also discovered that people tend to eat less magnesium as they age, which might explain why older people are more likely than their younger counterparts to have high blood pressure.
Men are advised to consume 400 mg of daily magnesium, while women should consume 310 mg.
And that brings us to the healthy sweet that’s loaded with magnesium:
Buy chocolate with the fewest ingredients possible and with the highest cocoa percentage (above 70%). Sugar should be one of the last ingredients on the label and it should not contain trans (hydrogenated) fat or milk fat and should not have been processed with an alkali.
Almonds, cashews, peanuts, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds are also great to eat as a magnesium-rich snack.
Bananas and avocados are two other popular magnesium-rich alternatives. So are spinach, Swiss chard, kale, brown rice, quinoa, soya, beans, and lentils.
For fish lovers, go for mackerel and tuna to load up on magnesium.