Several million Nigerians suffer from high blood pressure. Experts have said that adding certain foods to one’s diet could help lower blood pressure. Below are some foods experts and medical studies have identified could help keep your blood pressure under control:
Studies in Hypertension Research showed that adding mangoes which are a great source of fiber and beta-carotene is an effective way to lower blood pressure.
Apples contain fiber and quercetin which is seen as an effective antihypertensive. According to a study by the Complutense University of Madrid’s School of Medicine, eating an apple a day help people struggling with high blood pressure to keep the doctor away.
Carrots contain beta-carotene and vitamin C, and helps put your blood pressure in a healthy range, say experts.
Recent research suggests that eggs help improve your blood pressure According to the American Journal of Hypertension, a high-protein diet, like one rich in eggs, can help lower blood pressure naturally while promoting weight loss, as well.
Making spinach a part of your blood pressure-lowering routine is important as it has healthy helpings of fiber, beta-carotene and vitamin C.
Adding tomatoes to your diet helps keep your blood pressure healthier. It contains a lot of vitamin C and quercetin. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Israel say tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, which has been linked to significant reductions in blood pressure.
Onions are a great source of quercetin, which researchers at Germany’s University of Bonn have found effective at lowering blood pressure in overweight and obese study subjects suffering from hypertension and pre-hypertension.
Watermelon is a good source of blood pressure-lowering vitamin C and lycopene. A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension reveals that patients with prehypertension who added watermelon to their diet significantly reduced their blood pressure.
Sweet potatoes are a good source of hypertension-fighting resistant starch and vitamin C. They are also loaded with blood pressure-lowering beta-carotene.