High blood pressure also known as hypertension, is common all over the world. In Nigeria, about 80 million individuals live with this condition without ever getting diagnosed or getting adequate treatment.
Hypertension is a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high. It often has no symptoms and over time if not treated can cause serious health conditions such as heart disease and stroke which can lead to death. We’ve got you if you are going through such an ordeal and always thinking of ways to help lower your high blood pressure.
Here are a few foods that can help regulate and lower high blood pressure;
Citrus fruits are enriched with vitamins, and minerals and these will definitely help you keep your heart healthy. Examples of citrus fruits include; grapefruits, oranges, and lemons.
Beans and Lentils
Studies have shown that eating beans and lentils may help lower high blood pressure because they are rich in nutrients such as fibre, potassium, and magnesium. These nutrients help to regulate blood pressure.
Spinach is loaded with potassium, antioxidants, calcium, and magnesium. It is also high in nitrates, making it an excellent choice for individuals with high blood pressure.
Tomatoes and tomato products
Tomatoes and tomato products are rich in nutrients, including potassium and the carotenoid pigment lycopene. Lycopene has been known to be associated with beneficial effects on the heart; therefore, eating food high in lycopene may help reduce heart disease risk factors.
Carrots are another thing that can help regulate and reduce high blood pressure. They are high in phenolic compounds such as chlorogenic, p-coumaric, and caffeic acids which help relax blood vessels and reduce inflammation. Carrots can be eaten raw or cooked but however, but eating them raw may be more beneficial for reducing and regulating high blood pressure.
These foods are advisable to incorporate into your daily diet to help regulate and lower high blood pressure.