Whole grains – or grains that include the entire kernel and which have not been refined in any way – could possibly help lower high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.
Whole grain foods, such as whole grain bread, quinoa, brown rice, and oats, offer numerous benefits that, in conjunction, can greatly reduce your risk for high blood pressure. Not only do they reduce damage to blood vessels and lower blood pressure thanks to the abundant fiber content, but whole grains also help you manage your weight by making you feel fuller for longer periods of time and preventing overeating.
And, while whole grains are great, don’t forget to eat your fruits and vegetables! A Harvard study followed nearly 110,000 men and women around for 14 years and found that a higher than average intake of potassium-rich fruits and vegetables lowered the chances of developing cardiovascular disease. Fruits and vegetables helped, but the most beneficial veggies were green leafies like spinach, Swiss chard, and mustard greens, cruciferous veggies, like broccoli and cauliflower, and citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes.
So your best chance at lowering your high blood pressure and preventing cardiovascular disease is to include certified whole grains and a variety of fruits and veggies in your diet.
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