These days, with our impeccable knowledge of medicine and various health problems, it seems that there is always a problem lurking around the corner. Heart disease, various cancers, and even degenerative illnesses seem just a food dye or happy meal away. While many foods can indeed contribute to various conditions, the reverse is also true.
Some of the tastiest and healthiest foods can help reduce your risk of the same conditions. Blood pressure, one of the most serious such ailments, can be alleviated through proper diet (which will also save you the need to take a pill for it every day). Listed below are some of the best foods for lowering your blood pressure.
Celery has the distinction of being one of the few foods in the world that requires more calories to burn than it contributes. In essence, you generate a caloric deficit just by eating celery. Celery also contains phytochemicals that relax the tissue in your artery walls, thus helping blood flow and reducing overall blood pressure. Eat about four stalks a day for a tangible benefit, and feel free to add natural peanut butter for its protein and monounsaturated fat content (avoid the sugar added kind).
Cold Water Fish
Herring, tuna, salmon, cod, mackerel, and halibut are all excellent sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. These essential acids are nature’s natural blood thinners. Thinner blood is easier to pump throughout the body and less likely to form clots that can clog arteries. Try eating cold water fish about two times a week. If you eat any more fish than that, and you may risk excess exposure to toxins such as mercury.
If you are concerned about health and nutrition, broccoli should already be a staple of your diet. It’s packed full of fiber, vitamins, and can even help lower your blood sugar. The magically green cruciferous vegetable does this through a variety of vitamins and minerals, not the least of which is Vitamin C. Science has not yet clearly established just how antioxidant Vitamin C helps lower blood pressure, but the link has been firmly proven. Eat broccoli whenever you’d like, as your body could probably use it.
Oats, particularly the whole grain variety, are excellent sources of fiber, protein, and magnesium. Recent research has shown that individuals on antihypertensive medications were able to scale back or eliminate their reliance on the medication just by eating a bowl of whole grain oats every day. The fiber and magnesium help reduce blood pressure and eliminate plaque that can clog the arteries.
Beans in general are a great source of fiber and protein, as well as various vitamins and minerals. Black beans also have magnesium and Folate, which relaxes blood vessels and helps improve blood flow. The fiber aids in regulating cholesterol, making black beans quite potent at improving heart and artery health. Eat a serving or two a day for tangible benefits that can also help prevent hypertension in the first place. Other beans like pinto and kidney beans can be highly beneficial too.