High blood pressure affects more than 25 per cent of all adults in the UK.
The condition, which is also known as hypertension, puts extra stress on blood vessels and vital organs.
You could lower your risk of high blood pressure by eating more fruit and vegetables, said the NHS.
But, these tips and tricks could help you to make the most from your veggies, and to lower your blood pressure.
Everyone should vary the type of fruit and vegetables they eat, warned charity Blood Pressure UK.
It helps to keep your meals interesting, and to boost your nutrition, it said.
“Eating more fruit and vegetables has been proven to help lower blood pressure,” said Blood Pressure UK.
“Fruit and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre to keep your body in good condition.
“They also contain potassium, which helps to balance out the negative effects of salt. This has a direct effect on your blood pressure, helping to lower it.
“Vary the types of fruit and vegetables you eat. Each has different health benefits and it will keep your meals interesting.
“By eating a wide range of fruit and vegetables, you will ensure that your body is getting all the nutrients it needs.”
If your vegetables have been cut, avoid keeping them out in the open, too, it added.
The air, light and heat could also reduce their nutrition value, so it’s best to freeze or chill them if you aren’t eating them straight away.
When boiling vegetables, use as little water as possible, it said. It helps to keep the vitamins and minerals inside them.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet could help to lower patients’ blood pressure, said the NHS.
It’s also important to cut back on the amount of salt in your diet.
Aim to eat less than 6g of salt in a single day – the equivalent to about a teaspoonful.
Exercise is another crucial aspect to reducing your hypertension risk, it added.
Everyone should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every single week.
Published at Sat, 27 Oct 2018 13:01:00 +0000