In a recent study from the American Journal of Hypertension, scientists identified a potential risk factor for high blood pressure: frequently eating meals away from home. Along with watching your diet and scaling back on sodium-heavy restaurant meals and processed foods, certain foods are being explored for their potential cardiovascular benefits.
Boosting your intake of garlic may help modestly reduce blood pressure, according to the National Institutes of Health. Indeed, a research review published in 2008 determined that treatment with garlic preparations may benefit people suffering from high blood pressure. Some research suggests that certain compounds in garlic may help lower blood pressure by promoting widening of the blood vessels.
For help in lowering blood pressure and fighting heart disease, some individuals turn to beet root. High in antioxidants, beet root is a top source of betalains—compounds known to reduce inflammation and fight
oxidative stress (a destructive biological process closely linked to many health problems, including high blood pressure).
An antioxidant compound found naturally in nuts and grapes, resveratrol was the focus of a report published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research in 2015. In their analysis of six clinical trials looking at resveratrol’s
possible effectiveness in the treatment of diabetes, the report’s authors determined that use of resveratrol may help improve systolic blood pressure (the top or first number on a blood pressure reading).
In addition, some research indicates that resveratrol may help manage diabetes by reducing inflammation, regulating blood sugar levels, and fighting insulin resistance.
Blueberries are sometimes touted as a natural remedy for high blood pressure. Rich in antioxidants known as anthocyanins, blueberry extract is said to help keep blood pressure in check by boosting the health of blood vessels.
Not only available in dietary supplement form, omega-3-rich fish oil is especially abundant in salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, and albacore tuna. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least two times a week for better heart health.
Although few studies have tested the health benefits of hibiscus, research suggests that hibiscus may offer antioxidant effects. A review of four studies found that hibiscus was associated with reduced systolic and
diastolic blood pressure.
Celery seed is sometimes taken to bring down blood pressure and fight heart disease. Rich in a number of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, celery seed is said to shield heart health by lowering
cholesterol as well.
For everyday protection against high blood pressure, make sure to limit your intake of sodium and alcohol, manage your stress, and get plenty of exercise. Boosting your consumption of garlic and omega-3 fatty acids may also help you fend off high blood pressure (a top risk factor for heart disease).
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