Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Foods for High Blood Pressure!

Raisins for Blood Pressure!
That’s right, not only a delicious treat, but a study at the Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Research Center found that eating raisins in place of other snacks can drop your numbers for both systolic and diastolic. The study was done on people who are pre-hypertensive, meaning that their numbers are a little higher than normal.

When you choose raisins for a snack, do so carefully, some brands are laden with sugar, you want the ones that the ingredient list says dried grapes, nothing else. Raisins are high in fiber, potassium, and antioxidants, any of which can be responsible for the drop, are a combination, further studies will need to be done, but the initial outlook is good.

Some other foods that can help with blood pressure are bananas, watermelon, chili peppers, chocolate, tofu, purple potatoes, and kiwi. Avoid highly processed and sodium filled foods.

The study included 46 men and women with pre-hypertension and lasted 12 weeks with 3 snacks a day, either the raisins or something else, the ones eating pre-packaged snacks had no significant changes. It just may be a delicious and easy way to keep your numbers down!

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