Eating Right for High Blood Pressure (Heart Health)
You know about cutting the salt out of your diet to lower blood pressure, but can other foods have an effect? Here’s what the latest research says:
Potassium. Potassium helps to prevent and control high blood pressure. Many fruits and vegetables, some dairy foods, and fish are rich sources of potassium.
Calcium and Magnesium. These nutrients may help to prevent high blood pressure. Dairy products and broccoli are rich sources of calcium, while magnesium is found in many whole-grain products and dark green leafy vegetables.
Garlic and Onions. While rumors to the contrary persist, these foods have not been found to affect blood pressure. But they are tasty, nutritious substitutes for salty seasonings. Feel free to use them often in your cooking.
Caffeine. This may cause blood pressure to rise, but only temporarily. Unless you are sensitive to caffeine, you do not have to limit how much you consume in order to prevent or control high blood pressure.