Foods To Lower Blood Pressure

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Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 10:11 [IST]

Blood pressure is a serious health issue. High blood pressure is a condition where the arterial blood pressure is consistently high. There are many reasons behind suffering from high blood pressure. Hypertension, stress, high intake of salt and diabetes are few causes of high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, your chances of suffering from cardiovascular diseases is more. Thus, you have to control the rising blood pressure through food and medication. Doctors prescribe medicines but you have to ensure a healthy diet to lower high blood pressure. Here is a list of foods that can help you lower your blood pressure levels naturally.

6 Foods to lower blood pressure:

Foods To Lower Blood Pressure

Vitamin C rich fruits:
Fruits such as oranges, kiwi, cranberries, guava, grapes and strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C. According to many studies, proper intake of vitamin C reduces the chances of high blood pressure. You can either have these fruits raw or mash them into juices. Have these vitamin C rich fruits every day to lower high blood pressure naturally.

Banana: Bananas not only boosts up the body energy but is also effective in controlling rising blood pressure. Bananas are a rich source of potassium; a nutrient that controls blood pressure. So, if you suffer from high blood pressure, have 1-2 bananas every day. Do not have more than 3 bananas. The fruit is rich in sugar and this ingredient can increase your blood sugar levels and also make you fat.

Spinach: Green leafy vegetables are healthy and nutritious for your body. We all know that! But, did you know that this green leafy vegetable can help lower high blood pressure? Yes, spinach is a nutritious food that is rich in vitamin C, iron, folate and magnesium. Include this nutritious food in your diet to stay fit and have a glowing skin.

Garlic: We all know that garlic is good for the heart. You can have a garlic pod regularly to prevent cardiovascular diseases. Garlic also prevents the blood from thickening; an effective food to control blockage in the heart. So, have a garlic clove to control high blood pressure.

Broccoli: This is a healthy food that has plenty of vitamin C. Also nutrients like potassium and chromium makes it a perfect food to lower high blood pressure. Broccoli controls blood sugar levels, insulin levels and protects your heart from cardiovascular diseases.

Tomatoes: The red juicy and sour vegetable is a hub of nutrients and proteins. To control the rising blood pressure, have the pulpy food regularly. Tomatoes have Lycopene (an antioxidant) that reduces high blood pressure naturally. It is also rich in vitamin C, A, E, potassium, calcium etc; all the nutrients that are required for controlling blood pressure.

These are few healthy foods that can help lower high blood pressure. Apart from these foods, you can also have beans (green and black), sunflower seeds, skimmed milk, sweet potatoes, onions, salmon and dark chocolates.

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Story first published:  Thursday, July 26, 2012, 10:06 [IST]
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