Diet plays a major role in controlling high blood pressure. Seniors are often advised to reduce or eliminate salt from their diets, as the seasoning could lead to fluid retention. Other recommendations include switching to low-fat foods. There are a variety of foods that reduce the risk of hypertension in older adults. Here’s a list of seven of these wonder foods.
1. Potassium-Rich Foods
Bananas, citrus fruits, avocados, dates, and potatoes are rich sources of potassium. This mineral balances salt in the body and helps the cardiovascular system, muscles, and kidneys function more efficiently. Consuming two bananas daily can reduce blood pressure by 10 percent.
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2. Egg Whites
If your loved one enjoys having eggs for breakfast, consider preparing the meal with only egg whites. Along with providing protein, egg whites contain a compound proven to lower blood pressure. The American Chemical Society reports egg whites can reduce hypertension in the same manner as a low dose of antihypertensive medication.
Tomatoes are abundant in lycopene. This compound is known to reduce blood pressure by lowering LDL (bad cholesterol). A group of Australian scientists found consuming 25 milligrams of lycopene daily has the potential to reduce LDL cholesterol by 10 percent. One full cup of tomato juice adds 23 milligrams of the compound to your loved one’s diet.
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4. Dark Chocolate
Most people enjoy eating chocolate. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and is considered a mood-boosting food. A mere 30-calorie serving daily can reduce hypertension by 20 percent in a matter of weeks.
This popular fruit marks the onset of summer. However, few realize the health benefits of watermelon. Scientists from Florida State University report watermelon is rich in an amino acid known as L-citrulline. This compound regulates blood circulation and blood pressure, and it also protects the cardiovascular system from damage.
Along with offering antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, garlic provides nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels. If your loved one needs to reduce his or her salt intake, consider seasonings such as basil, rosemary, thyme, and cinnamon, which also combat hypertension.
7. Hibiscus Tea
If your loved one needs to eliminate caffeine from his or her diet, encourage him or her to try hibiscus herbal tea. Drinking three cups daily may reduce blood pressure over the course of a few weeks. When combined with other dietary changes, the tea combats hypertension.
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