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Foods for High Blood Pressure!

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Foods for High Blood Pressure!

Foods for High Blood Pressure!

Making changes to your diet is a proven way to help control high blood pressure. These changes can also help you lose weight and lower your chance of heart diseas and stroke.

Below are a few foods that will help you accomplish this goal:

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Raisins for Blood Pressure!
That’s right, not only a delicious treat, but a study at the Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Research Center found that eating raisins in place of other snacks can drop your numbers for both systolic and diastolic. The study was done on people who are pre-hypertensive, meaning that their numbers are a little higher than normal.

Dried fruit backlit on a lightbox: sultanas, dates, cranberries, apricots, raisins


When you choose raisins for a snack, do so carefully, some brands are laden with sugar, you want the ones that the ingredient list says dried grapes, nothing else. Raisins are high in fiber, potassium, and antioxidants, any of which can be responsible for the drop, are a combination, further studies will need to be done, but the initial outlook is good.


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Some other foods that can help with blood pressure are bananas, watermelon, chili peppers, chocolate, tofu, purple potatoes, and kiwi. Avoid highly processed and sodium filled foods.

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The study included 46 men and women with pre-hypertension and lasted 12 weeks with 3 snacks a day, either the raisins or something else, the ones eating pre-packaged snacks had no significant changes. It just may be a delicious and easy way to keep your numbers down!

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Edited By: Ellie Aug 4th 2014

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