That, however, doesn’t have to be the case. Because today, I’m telling you about three delicious foods that help lower blood pressure.
Most surprisingly: Chocolate!
I wish I had known about this when I was fighting my high blood pressure. Terrified or leaving my wife and kids behind after suffering a heart attack, I denied myself of everything that I thought could possibly harm my heart – including chocolate and other sweets.
The worst thing is that since then I’ve realized most of the “information” out there about heart-healthy food was actually based more on the opinions of a few isolated people in some small government agencies that were often highly influenced by powerful pressure groups, rather than reliable, scientific studies.
It is little wonder, then, that my blood pressure didn’t begin to get better till I did my own research and began following only advice from honest people and scientifically reliable sources.
You know all the propaganda to…
- Avoid eggs to lower cholesterol
- Consume only low-fat… everything
- Put down the salt shaker (always)
…which lately has mostly been debunked in many, many reliable studies presented by some of the most respected institutions in the world (more on that later).
But the myth still lingers. I bet you’re still getting the same advice from your healthcare provider.
But back to the chocolate…
Several studies have proven that the antioxidant ingredients (flavonoids) in dark chocolate help lower inflammation, improve blood circulation, lower blood pressure and even boost good cholesterol production.(1)
Not only that, believe it or not, it also helps you lose weight. (2)
But there is a catch. It’s the coca in chocolate that’s good for you. So use at least 70% dark chocolate and limit yourself to about 50 grams per day (still not too bad).
Chocolate isn’t the only sweet, delicious thing that helps lowers blood pressure, however. Oh, no, far from it.
Next I’m going to tell you about an amazingly powerful fruit that almost EVERYONE loves (especially during the summer months) that has been proven extremely powerful in the fight against high blood pressure.
(1) http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2012/01/30/ajcn.111.023457.abstract American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Published online ahead of print, doi:10.3945/ajcn.111.023457 “Effects of chocolate, cocoa, and flavan-3-ols on cardiovascular health: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials” Authors: L. Hooper, C. Kay, A. Abdelhamid, P.A. Kroon, J.S. Cohn, E.B. Rimm, A. Cassidy
(2) http://cnl.salk.edu/~bgolomb/ Golomb BA, Koperski S, White HL 2012. “Association between more frequent chocolate consumption and lower BMI” Arch Intern Med 172: 519-21
(3) A. Figueroa, A. Wong, R. Kalfon. Effects of Watermelon Supplementation on Aortic Hemodynamic Responses to the Cold Pressor Test in Obese Hypertensive Adults. American Journal of Hypertension, 2014; DOI: 10.1093/ajh/hpt295
(4) Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2009, Volume 57, Issue 2, Pages 471-477 Angiotensin I Converting Enzyme Inhibitory Peptides from Simulated in Vitro Gastrointestinal Digestion of Cooked Eggs”
Authors: K. Majumder, J. Wu http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Egg-proteins-may-reduce-blood-pressure-Study
(6) Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) May 4, 2011, Vol 305, No. 17 Fatal and Nonfatal Outcomes, Incidence of Hypertension, and Blood Pressure Changes in Relation to Urinary Sodium Excretion http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=899663
(8) A. Soriano-Maldonado, M. Cuenca-García, L. A. Moreno, M. González-Gross, C. Leclercq, O. Androutsos, E. J. Guerra-Hernández, M. J. Castillo y J. R. Ruiz. Ingesta de huevo y factores de riesgo cardiovascular en adolescentes; papel de la actividad física. Estudio HELENA. Nutrición Hospitalaria, 2013; 28:868-877 DOI: 10.3305/nh.2013.28.3.6392
(12) Benson, Herbert, 1975 (2001). The Relaxation Response. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-380-81595-8.