The American Heart Association estimates that 80 million adults have high blood pressure, which raises your risk of stroke and heart attack. Recent studies suggest that consuming these certain foods can lower your blood pressure and keep your ticker healthy. Here are 3 foods to lower blood pressure:
Tea: Researchers monitored 1,109 Chinese men and women for five years and found that those who drank green or black tea daily had lower diastolic blood pressure than subjects who never drank tea. Try to swap tea for vegetable broth in soup recipes or curries. And try adding fresh fruits (kiwi slices) to unsweetened green tea give it a sweeter taste.
Blueberries: In one study, Postmenopausal women experienced a significant drop in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure after eating 22 grams of freeze-dried blueberry powder daily for eight weeks. Add some frozen or fresh blueberries to Greek yogurt. Or try adding frozen or fresh blueberries into your morning smoothie.
Pistachios: In a 2014 study, adults with controlled type 2 diabetes who ate 150 pistachios (3 ounces) per day for four weeks experienced reduced systolic blood pressure during sleep. Spruce up your salad by tossing in a handful of whole pistachios. Maybe sprinkle crushed pistachios over roasted sweet potatoes, carrots, or Brussels sprouts.
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