While you can have a predisposition to hypertension if it runs in your family, most cases are caused by lifestyle. Hypertension is linked to smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, stress, high levels of salt and poor nutrition - and these can all be addressed naturally.
According to the Pure 10-year study, 41 per cent of Emirati adults between the ages of 30 and 70 have high blood pressure. Of these, 75 per cent are likely to develop more health problems leading to heart attacks and strokes. These numbers are the highest in the world.
Medication is one solution, but it doesn't address the lifestyle factors that are at the root of hypertension. Over time, the side effects of medication can become an issue.
Research has shown blood pressure to be incredibly responsive to changes in diet, and specific foods can lower blood pressure naturally. Addressing the root of the problem is the most effective way to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Here are the top foods to start eating now to lower your blood pressure:
- Magnesium-rich leafy greens, avocados, sea greens, almonds, sesame seeds and cacao.
- Foods rich in omega-3, such as chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds and salmon.
- Antioxidant-rich blueberries and strawberries.
- The author, lecturer and radio host Dr Ronald Hoffman also recommends hawthorn berry extract and garlic.
Laura Holland is a well-being consultant and nutritional therapist. For more information, go to www.BeUtifulYou.co.uk
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