Saturday, September 13, 1997

Good diet for lowering blood pressure?

Hi, I am looking for any suggestions anyone may have on how I can lower my blood pressure. My usual is around 155/90 I know weight lost is a major factor, But besides that what are some really good tips on how to get it down fast? Thank you

Answer on Good diet for lowering blood pressure?

Eating the right foods can help you prevent or control high blood pressure.
Calcium and Vitamin D
Calcium and vitamin D provide nutrients that work together to help
reduce blood pressure by 3 to 10 percent. Skim milk is loaded with
both calcium and vitamin D, and drinking it regularly can add up to a
15 percent reduction in risk for cardiovascular disease. Drinking skim
milk is an easy way to drop blood pressure and help keep your body
feeling healthy and strong.
Magnesium
Magnesium is stocked in spinach, unsalted sunflower seeds and a
variety of beans including black, lima, pinto and kidney beans. Eating
foods like these that contain a significant quantity of magnesium will
help in the battle to lower blood pressure.
Potassium
Bananas, baked white potatoes and soybeans are a great source of
potassium. Low potassium levels in your body result in higher sodium
and can drastically raise your blood pressure. The more potassium in
your body, the lower the sodium rate---and maintaining a low sodium
rate is critical in fighting off high blood pressure. But eating too
many potassium-based foods, on the other hand, will upset the balance
and could cause life-threatening consequences, so don't go overboard
or take potassium supplements.
Antioxidants
You can find antioxidants in lots of foods like berries, artichokes,
russet potatoes and nuts. As far as the medical science community is
concerned, the more antioxidants, the better for you.