Blood Pressure Diet

Can I Use Olive Oil To Reduce High Blood Pressure?

If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, then doctors would surely recommend you some medicines for controlling your blood pressure and bringing it back to a normal level.

Prolonged medications can cause some side effects. Its therefore suggested that along with medication you should try some changes in lifestyles for controlling high blood pressure.

Diet is one of the  important areas where lifestyles changes can begin. Many people wonder if Olive oil can be used to reduce high blood pressure. The fact is that as per a  study conducted by University of Barcelona it was found that men from non Mediterranean regions witnessed a reduction in the blood pressure after  consuming  olive oil for a period of three to four weeks.

It is interesting to note that the Mediterranean people who had been constantly using Olive oil didn’t have any change in their body while in non-Mediterranean people there was an increase in the oleic acid level in their blood after consuming olive oil. Oleic acid is a mono-saturated fatty acid which is much beneficial for your body and helps in regulating blood  pressure.

The fatty acid also lowers blood cholesterol without reducing any the amount of beneficial HDL from your body. Cholesterol management plays a significant role in regulating high blood pressure.

Olive oil also plays an important role in reducing the mechanism of life threatening such as cancers and heart disease.  Hence the answer to your question, Can I use Olive oil to reduce high blood pressure?  would be that if you are a Mediterranean native then you will not benefit much, but if you are of non Mediterranean origin then it can play an important role, provided you make other necessary lifestyle changes also.