Health Tips Series by; Usharani Patnaik
The reasons for high blood pressure or hypertension could be due to too much stress, obesity, high intake of salt, diabetes etc. The probability of cardiovascular diseases such as heart strokes, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disorders, etc. increases with persistent higher blood presure.
The following common available foods can help lowering down the blood pressure:
Banana: It is rich in potassium, considered to be the most important nutrient to lower down the high blood pressure assuring good health.
Spinach: It provides the much needed magnesium, folate, iron, vitamin C curbing high blood pressure.
Garlic: Garlic helps prevent clotting and thickening of blood vessels. A single clove of garlic does wonders easily fighting the damage caused due to high BP.
Broccoli: Rich in potassium, along with chromium it fights against the cardiovascular diseases and controls the blood sugar and insulin levels too.
Beans: Kidney, pinto and black beans are some types of beans which are rich, both in magnesium and potassium are capable of decreasing the high blood pressure.
Tomatoes: It contains plenty of antioxidants which are known to significantly reduce the high blood pressure and is rich in calcium, potassium, vitamins A, C and E.
Skimmed milk: It contains plenty of calcium and vitamin D. The two nutrients together bring down blood pressure.
Others: Sunflower seeds, olive oil, avocadoes, papaya are helpful in bringing the blood pressure levels to normal. Consumption of vegetables and fruits rich in potassium and calcium should be encouraged while intake of common salt (table salt) should be minimized.