Hypertension diet: Spice up your meals to bring blood pressure down
Herbs and spices formed the basis of ancient medicines for centuries. Research has shown medicinal properties in different herbs and spices can help bring your blood pressure reading down, and those that eat spicier foods are less likely to have hypertension. Which are the three best herbs and spices to bring your blood pressure down?
Good news for curry lovers: adding extra spices to your food doesn’t just make it much more flavoursome, but also makes any dish healthier for your blood pressure.
Blood pressure is often nicknamed the ‘silent killer’ because of its lack of symptoms.
Some people only find out their blood pressure is soaring as a result of a severe health problem; such as a cardiac arrest or stroke.
The only way to check your blood pressure is to have a blood pressure reading from your GP or pharmacist.
If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may prescribe you medicine to help bring your reading down, but one of the most effective ways to manage hypertension is by making changes to your diet.
Eating foods high in saturated fats and salt will drive up your blood pressure reading, whereas eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and healthy fats will help bring it down or avoid hypertension altogether.
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A recent study has also found it’s not just the food you eat, but how you prepare it that can bring your blood pressure reading down.
The study found people who ate more than 6.6g of herbs and spices daily reported lower blood pressure readings than those who ate fewer herbs and spices.
Speaking to Healthline, nutritionist Kristin Kirkpatrick said: “I am not surprised.
“Herbs and spices are high nutrient-dense plants with compounds that have been found in previous studies to improve health.
“Additionally, utilising herbs and spices in place of salt can help with blood pressure as well.”
Perfect for adding sweetness without adding sugar, cinnamon is recommended to reduce blood pressure.
When you eat cinnamon, it stimulates production of nitric oxide, which can relax your blood vessels, helping blood move around more efficiently and lowering blood sugar.
Cinnamon can be added to coffee and porridge.
Although it’s a sweet flavour, many curries and other dishes call for a dash of cinnamon to really enhance their taste.
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