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6 Fruits to Help Lower Blood Pressure!




Are you seeking to lower your blood pressure (bp) a natural way? Try to lower your blood pressure by minimizing salt and fast food and adding more fruits to your diet. Fruits are nutritious, filled with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to improve health, including lowering blood pressure numbers.

What is blood pressure?


Blood pressure is the measure of blood force within the body. Blood pressure is the pressure of circulating blood against the walls of blood vessels within the body.

What is high blood pressure?


High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a symptom-less disease that goes by the name “silent killer” because it quietly damages blood vessels and leads to some severe health complications.

What is the Blood Pressure #s?

Blood Pressure Facts


According to the CDC, one in three Americans, or about 75 million people, has high blood pressure, and nearly half of them do not have it under control. In fact, approximately one in six people with high blood pressure do not know it.

High blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke—the leading cause of death for Americans.

Fruits that help lower blood pressure

1. Apples

a. An apple a day keeps the Doctor away. Well, the antioxidants and fiber in apples do help to keep the blood pressure down. Blend, juice, or eat them raw, just add them to your diet for the fiber inside helps with elimination and unclogging of the arteries to keep the body operating at its optimum level.


2. Bananas

a. The mineral potassium in bananas protects the body from excess salt by helping to pull it from inside the body and push it out via its high fiber content. The more potassium you eat, the more sodium you lose through urine. Potassium also helps to ease tension in your blood vessel walls, which helps further lower blood pressure.


3. Berries (specifically Strawberries & Blueberries)

a. The berry family is known as super-foods that consist of a host of delicious fruits from blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and the likes. They are pack with flavonoids.


4. Cherries

a. This super fruit resveratrol content, vitamins like vitamin c, fiber, and minerals are excellent antioxidants to help lower high blood pressure. Tart cherries are best in either raw or juice form.


5. Mango

a. Full of Vitamin C, mangoes are high beta-carotene and fiber and have no sodium and are low in calories. They also have minerals, like potassium, folate, niacin, and iron, magnesium, among others. Perfect for keeping blood pressure in the optimum range.


6. Watermelon

a. Beautiful bright watermelons are delicious to eat lifesavers to those who may suffer from hypertension. The amino acids from both citrulline and arginine play an essential role in the synthesis of nitric oxide, which helps lower blood pressure by dilating and relaxing your blood vessels.


There is no excuse to not bring down your blood pressure number's when these fruit lifesavers are readily available to help. Try one or try them all, just include them more often than not into your diet.

Be Mindful: If you suffer from kidney disease, a diet high in potassium is not advised. Check with your Doctor on how potassium may affect your diet.


**Consider walking more, while on your journey, stop by our store to purchase a water bottle sling (purple, blue or green) so you can walk hands-free, while still having your water with you at all times to stay hydrated.

Reference:

American Heart Association

https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/changes-you-can-make-to-manage-high-blood-pressure/how-potassium-can-help-control-high-blood-pressure

Center for Disease Control & Prevention

High Blood Pressure

https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/programs-impact/pop/high-blood-pressure.htm#:~:text=High%20blood%20pressure%20is%20a,medicine%20to%20control%20blood%20pressure.

https://www.cdc.gov/features/blood-pressure-tips/

National Library of Medicine

Cardioprotective effects of citrulline in ischemia/reperfusion injury via a non-nitric oxide-mediated mechanism

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11196344/

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