Let’s be honest, if we’re speaking about diet, It doesn’t take a health expert to figure out why you have high blood pressure. If you look at what you’re eating on a daily basis, you’ll quickly discover the enemy. Most likely, you will see that you have been eating not only too many fatty foods, but also too many foods containing large amounts of sodium. Incorporating certain foods into your diet, and cutting back on fatty and sodium rich foods, can help lower your blood pressure. Lets be clear, there are a lot of healthy foods out there, and there are certainly more than five that can positively contribute to lowering your blood pressure. However, here are our top 5 foods:
Celery – People have known that celery was good for blood pressure for years, even dating back a century in China, but more importantly; modern doctors know that it can relax to tissue of artery walls. The reason behind this is that celery contains phthalides, which; induces this relaxing effect that naturally increases blood flow.
Whole-grain Oats – Whole-grain oats help lower blood pressure due to high levels of fiber and magnesium. In addition, they are known to slow the buildup of plaque in the blood vessels.
Salmon (not farmed) – Wild salmon, or any cold water fish, is known to reduce blood pressure. The reason is fish contains Omega-3 which is a natural blood thinner, and overall; one of the healthiest form of fatty acids.
Berries – Berries taste great and yes, they do help lower blood pressure. Berries are an anti-inflammatory that contain large levels of fiber, as well as a compound called pterostilbene, which prevents plaque build-up.
Broccoli – Broccoli delivers the coup de gras, containing a mess of blood pressure slowing materials including fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C.