A host of studies on foods and hypertension suggest it may be easier than once thought to reduce high blood pressure. One safe, effective way to decrease blood pressure is to eat foods that work naturally to dilate blood vessels so the heart doesn’t have to work so hard.
- One serving/week can cut risk of high blood pressure.
- They contain natural compounds called anthocyanins that protect against hypertension, according to a recent British and American study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
- Harvard University researchers found that having a bowl of whole-grain, high-fiber cereal can reduce the chance of developing high blood pressure.
- Potatoes are high in potassium and magnesium, two important minerals that can help fight high blood pressure.
- Research shows that if Americans boosted their potassium intake, adult cases of high blood pressure could fall by more than 10 percent.
- Beet juice
- Low-fat dairy products
- Eating low-fat dairy products can reduce a woman’s risk of developing hypertension according to a 2008 study of nearly 30,000 women with an average age of 54. The women who ate the most low-fat dairy products were 11 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure.
- Dark chocolate
- Eating a one-ounce square of dark chocolate daily can help lower blood pressure, especially in people who already have hypertension, according to Harvard researchers who analyzed 24 chocolate studies.
- Dark chocolate is high in flavonoids, natural compounds that cause dilation of the blood vessels.
- Look for chocolates that say they contain 50 to 70 percent cacao.
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If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure and are obese, contact Dr. Shawn Tsuda to find out how he can help.