Monday, March 30, 2009

More Blood-Pressure-Friendly Foods

Good article for ones who have hypertension and who want to avoid hypertension.. .. 

Source: Realage

Here’s a great morning meal for better blood pressure: Grind up some flaxseeds and sprinkle them on your whole-grain cereal. 

That’s right. Whole grains are good for lowering blood pressure, and flaxseeds may help bring it down a bit as well. Give those omega-3s another round of applause. 

Some ALA to Start
Your Day

Flaxseeds are abundant inalpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fat. And in a study, ALA-rich foods lowered blood pressure slightly -- probably because this omega-3 fatty acid helps relax blood vessels, allowing blood to move more freely through arteries. And since even small drops in blood pressure can help your health in big ways -- by guarding against stroke and cardiovascular disease -- why not sneak in more flaxseeds where you can?

More Blood-Pressure-Friendly Foods
Make sure to include these foods in your blood-pressure-lowering plan, too:
  • Walnuts -- They are loaded with ALA and help your heart in other important ways. 
  • Berries -- One study recorded a seven-point dip in systolic pressure from a daily dose. 
  • Tomatoes -- The lycopene in tomatoes has a talent for tamping down blood pressure. 
  • Yogurt -- Eating plenty of low-fat dairy products could reallycut your hypertension risk

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