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Foods that Lower Blood Pressure Risks

Some foods have an innate property that helps to lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients. The best thing to state about such foods is that they have everything positive in them as far as providing nutrition to the body is concerned. Together with that the foods remain bereft of all those components that can cause your blood pressure to shoot up.

The food components that cause blood pressure to shoot up are the ones rich in saturated fats, triglycerides, and cholesterol. The following foods do away with blood pressure increases, because they are mild in the above components.

Skim milk

It provides two important ingredients to your body that boosts your health. It contains the mineral calcium that strengthens your bones. It also contains Vitamin D. Both these ingredients together help reduce your blood pressure by approximately 3 to 10 per cent.  Maybe in terms of statistics it does not mean much, but the good thing is that it helps reduce the tendency of cardiovascular disease by as much as 15%.

Foods that contain Magnesium and Potassium
Spinach, beans, and sunflower seeds are rich in Magnesium, which is a key element in the fight against hypertension as it helps control and lower blood pressure. Other foods rich in Potassium include Lima and kidney beans, cashews, pecans, and almonds.

Potassium in substantial amounts is also contained in varying degrees in the first mentioned food items containing Magnesium. It is an important ingredient that helps in counteracting sodium in the body, as the latter stimulates blood pressure. Soybeans, bananas, and baked white potatoes are also rich in Potassium.

It helps maintain the electrolyte balance in the body and as such indirectly helps control blood pressure. Other foods containing Potassium in significant amounts include raisins, cantaloupe, oranges, grapes, and asparagus.

Dark chocolate
This is a food item that women especially love to eat. In about a portion that provides 30 calories per day to your body, it has been found to help control blood pressure. Surprisingly, it does not add to your weight nor is it associated with any other bad effects on your body.

Chicken
The legs portion of chicken contains four types of proteins that are rich in collagen. The latter acts as an ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor and therefore reduces the production of angiotensin II in the body that stimulates blood pressure.

However, while partaking of chicken remember to not add salt to it for taste. The reason for this is that the salt will counteract any lowering of blood pressure that is brought about by the collagen in the chicken. Wit the same precaution, you can even try chicken soup.