Hypertension which is commonly known as high blood pressure is considered to be one of the leading causes of death around the world.
By the year 2025, it’s estimated that worldwide, there would be a total of 1.56 billion people who will have hypertension, making it worrying and alarming to many health care practitioners.
Once a person gets hypertension, life-long maintenance is required. It mostly affects elderly people who are aged 60 years and above.
However, the good news is that there are still delicious foods that people who have hypertension can incorporate into their diet to aid in regulating their blood pressure. These foods are:-
Avocados: Avocados are rich in fiber, potassium and monounsaturated fats. These particular nutrients and minerals help in lowering the blood pressure and regulating the digestive tract. It’s recommended that people who are hypertensive should consume at least one avocado a day.
Bananas: Bananas are highly rich in potassium; which is an important mineral that is good for regulating the blood pressure. The role of the potassium is not just to balance fluids in the body but to also supply positive electrolytes, therefore making someone to feel energetic as well.
Broccoli: Broccoli is considered to be one of nature’s most valuable health-promoting foods. Broccoli contains a compound known as sulforaphane which improves the blood pressure, aids in kidney function and reduces a person's chances of having cancer.
Celery: Celery is considered to be a superfood that is powerful as it lowers the blood pressure. Drinking celery juice on a daily aids in lowering cholesterol, soothing muscles, promoting a good digestive tract, preventing cancer, constipation and dementia and reducing pain in arthritis.
Dark chocolate: This is a sweet take when it comes to lowering blood pressure. A 2011 study from Harvard found that flavonoids which are compounds that are present in unsweetened chocolates have been proven to dilate the human body's blood vessels. It was also found that dark chocolate aids in lowering the risk of diabetes.
Garlic: Garlic has been proven to be effective for regulating hypertension for thousands of years. This is because contains compounds that not only work with blood pressure but also work as a remedy for cancer, atherosclerosis, and other known skin ailments.
Sweet potatoes: Unlike white normal potatoes, sweet potatoes do not increase the blood pressure. Instead, they lower it and prevent heart attacks. Sweet potatoes contain several minerals and vitamins that are good for the bones, skin and immune system.
Fish: Fish such as tilapia, salmon, mackerel, nile perch are rich in omega-3 which is good for lowering the blood pressure. These types of fish contain other nutrients that help in preventing heart diseases, promoting weight loss, fighting inflammation and promoting brain health.
Low-fat milk: Low fat milk is super healthy for people with hypertension as it contains vitamin D and calcium. These essential nutrients aid in regulating blood pressure, promoting weight loss and strengthening the bones.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal is super easy to prepare and it is also used for skin care products. Oatmeal contains various nutrients that help in decreasing the risk of heart diseases.
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