Jewish Journal


June 14, 2013

5 Best Foods For Lowering Blood Pressure



1. Low Fat Milk
Fight high blood pressure with milk products, which contain calcium, potassium and magnesium. Two to three servings per day is sufficient. Make a milkshake, grab a glass of low fat milk, low fat cheese, or low fat cottage cheese will do.

2. Bananas
Bananas are known for being loaded with fiber and potassium, so they make excellent snacks for people with borderline or even high blood pressure, and they do it very quickly. They’re sweetest when their yellow skins start to speckle, but the banana itself is still firm. Add them to your breakfast, or take them on the go!

3. Sweet Potatoes
Not just for Thanksgiving anymore! This potassium-rich food supports the kidneys by helping them excrete excess sodium, which often equals lower blood pressure. Slice them up, drizzle them with olive oil and just a pinch of salt, bake at 350 for 20 minutes each side, and you’ve got yourself some sweet potato fries!

4. Salmon
Truth is, any oily fish is good for you because it provides the omega-3 fatty acids essential for both lowering blood pressure and beating cholesterol. Salmon is the most popular, and it’s surprisingly easy to prepare. Add it to your menu twice a week!

5. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate contains flavonols which improve the elasticity of blood vessels, which can help protect you against high blood pressure and stroke. And it’s one of the best and most delicious foods that will help you lower your blood pressure! A few little squares each day of the darkest chocolate you can find (70% cocoa or more and full of cacao) will do the trick!

To your health,
Sima Cohen

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