Foods To Lower High Blood Pressure – The Best Foods To Eat To
The health of a person depends a lot on his life style. The more stressful a
lifestyle a person has, the more pressure is exerted on his body. This makes the human body
vulnerable to various health problems. One condition caused chiefly by stress is hypertension, or
what is called in layman’s term, high blood pressure. It is now believed that one in every four
adults is hypertensive. Immediate steps should be taken world wide to counter act this spreading
disease. Spreading awareness among people about its prevention is of vital importance. People need
to make changes in their living styles to control their blood pressure effectively.
Diet can play an important role in lowering high
Some of the foods that can be beneficial are:
1. Chilli: This is an important part of the
South Asian diet. However, people are not aware of its therapeutic qualities which include lowering
blood pressure. The Chinese Third Military Medical University has studied the effects of capsaicin,
which is the substance that makes chilli burn. The study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism,
shows that capsaicin activates a channel in the lining of the blood vessels, leading to an
increased production of nitric oxide. This protects the vessels from inflammation and dysfunction,
thus relaxing them. However, how many peppers a day a person should consume is still a standing
question and requires further studies.
2. Cocoa: Cocoa is a household ingredient.
People love to eat chocolates and drink coffee. Now they can also lower their blood pressure. A
study conducted by the University of Cologne, Germany and published in the Journal of American
Medical Association, found that consuming six grams of dark chocolate every day (equal to 30
calories) not only lowers blood pressure but also gives a boost to cardiovascular system. The study
was conducted on a group of 44 people between the ages of 56 and 73 over a period of 18 months.
Half the volunteers were asked to eat a small amount of dark chocolate and the other half was given
the same amount of white chocolate. It was observed that dark chocolate was more beneficial. Blood
pressure is reduced by the antioxidants, known as polyphenols, found in dark chocolate. Polyphenols
also keep sugar level unchanged. It was further noticed that the first group’s systolic pressure
dropped by 2.9 mm Hg and diastolic by 1.9 mm. this means that a pressure drop of 3 mm Hg
subsequently lowers the risk of stroke by 8%; the risk of coronary heart disease by 5 % and
the overall risk of mortality by 4%, which is a significant number. Another good thing is that all
this can be achieved by eating only 30 grams of dark chocolate everyday.
3. Beetroot juice: It has been observed that
drinking 250 ml of beetroot juice everyday can reduce hypertension. The research was conducted by
Queen Mary University (London, UK) on some volunteers who were divided into two groups. One group
was given beetroot juice and the other was given nitrate capsules which are anti-hypertension
drugs. Examining the subjects medically after 24 hours showed that the effect of beetroot and the
drugs on reducing blood pressure was equal. However, this does not mean that hypertensive patients
should discard their medication. Consulting a doctor is very important before taking any step.