There has been many speculations of what really contributes to high blood pressure or what some people may know as hypertension. But due to misinformation, the public seems to be generally oblivious of what high blood pressure really is. Hence, this often leads to improper diets.
Blood pressure, as the American Heart Association states, is “the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls.” As such, high blood pressure occurs when “the pressure in your arteries is higher than it should be.”
The real danger of high blood pressure, however, is its unpredictability. Though it is generally incurable, it can be controlled using the right diet.
With this, we recommend foods that has been proven to lower blood pressure (Source: http://www.berkeleywellness.com/slideshow/foods-lower-blood-pressure)
“Consuming flaxseed in a variety of foods was linked to a reduction in both systolic blood pressure (when the heart contracts) and diastolic blood pressure (when the heart relaxes) over six months in people with hypertension, according to a 2013 study published in the journal Hypertension. Even when study participants took blood pressure medication, they experienced a benefit from flaxseed. It’s not clear what in flaxseed may be responsible for the blood pressure reduction, but it may be any or all of these four compounds: alpha linolenic acid, lignans, peptides and fiber.”
According to Be Healthy Today, “Flaxseed also lowers blood pressure and normalizes the heartbeat, [as] studies show that lignans reduces atherosclerotic plaque buildup by up to 75 percent” – more reason why hypertension patients should add Flaxseeds to their diets!
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2. Olive Oil
“A 2012 study published in the American Journal of Hypertension looked at how olive oil might affect blood pressure in young women with mild high blood pressure. Spanish researchers compared a diet of polyphenol-rich olive oil to a diet that didn’t contain any polyphenols and their effects on blood pressure over a period of four months. The results: The polyphenol-rich olive oil was linked with drops in systolic and diastolic blood pressure—especially among women with higher blood pressure to start.”
3. Whole Grains
“A 2010 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at how eating whole grains affected blood pressure in middle-aged people. British researchers compared a diet of whole wheat (or whole wheat plus oats) to a diet of refined grains. They found that eating three servings of whole grains was linked with a reduction in systolic blood pressure. Exactly why isn’t clear, although other research has pointed to beneficial effects of whole grains on cholesterol.”