High blood pressure is an issue that is really rising each year.  People are taking medications for everything and blood pressure is included. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get your doctor to take you off of your meds because you were able to lower your blood pressure naturally. It is always hard finding foods that could actually help you lower your blood pressure and to give you a bit more energy.  I bet you just want to know more so let’s dive in to 6 foods that will help you with lowering blood pressure!

6 Foods That Will Help With Lowering Your Blood Pressure

Bananas

Bananas are delicious, healthy and packed with potassium! Speaking of potassium, don’t forget to eat bananas. The Harvard Medical School reported a UK study that determined foods containing potassium nitrate were even better than supplements using potassium chloride for lowering your blood pressure.  So load up on this tasty fruit!

Beans

Yes, a lot of different beans are really good for you! Beans such as lima, pinto and kidney beans are chock-full of soluble fiber, magnesium, and potassium, all excellent ingredients for lowering blood pressure and improving overall heart health. Add beans to your favorite salads, soups, or wraps. Also, beans are pretty inexpensive too!

Watermelon

This is one of our favorites and who knew eating this tasty fruit could help with lowering your blood pressure?  A Florida State University study found that watermelon lowers BP. In addition to watermelon’s potassium contribution, they found a specific amino acid that contributes to lowering your blood pressure.

Dark Chocolate

Yes, yes, yes! Chocolate is what we are all about! Eating about 30 calories a day of dark chocolate, which is just a small square, was shown to help lower blood pressure after 18 weeks without weight gain or other adverse effects, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Choose dark chocolate consisting of at least 70% cocoa powder. Because chocolate is also high in calories, you don’t want to overdue it and eat too much.  You can enjoy its deliciousness in moderation.

Spinach

Spinach is great to add to your salads and is just a great overall food for you to eat everyday. Spinach is high in fiber, and packed with heart-healthy nutrients like potassium, folate, and magnesium which are key to lowering and maintaining your blood pressure.  Add it in your salads or eat it after its cooked, but definitely don’t keep this veggie out of your diet. It is just an overall good food to have in your diet!

Blueberries

Who doesn’t love blueberries? Did you know that just one serving a week could help with lowering your blood pressure? Blueberries, as well as raspberries and strawberries, contain natural compounds called anthocyanins and that protects against hypertension, according to a recent British and American study of about 157,000 men and women published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

These are just a few of the many foods that will help you to lower your blood pressure. Are there any other foods that you eat that you have researched and found to help lower your blood pressure? Share them below! If you know anyone with high blood pressure, share this article with them and maybe it will help!

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