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The best foods to lower blood pressure are high in potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
These foods include leafy green vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains, fish, and low-fat dairy — and make up the DASH diet, which can help lower blood pressure.
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You should avoid foods that are high in sodium, sugar, and saturated and trans fats — like fast food, packaged items, and processed snacks — as they can raise blood pressure.
This article was reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, a family medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine.
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Living with high blood pressure is a reality for more than 100 million US adults. There are many ways to control your blood pressure, and adopting a heart-healthy diet is one of the most important steps to take.
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Here are some of the best foods you can eat to lower blood pressure, as well as which foods you should avoid.
Americans are known to eat high-sodium diets, and it's one of the reasons hypertension is so common in the US.
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"Extra sodium in your bloodstream can pull water into your blood vessels, which increases the total volume of blood inside your blood vessels, and causes blood pressure to increase," says Lori Mosca, MD, MPH, PhD, Director of Preventive Cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
But eating a balanced diet rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium can help get your blood pressure under control. In fact, a 2013 review found that adding potassium to high-sodium diets reduces blood pressure substantially in hypertensive patients.
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While all nutrients are important, Mosca says potassium is vital in managing blood...
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