HIGH blood pressure affects around one in three people in the UK yet many people will not realise they have it because it rarely reveals any symptoms. The best way to keep the risk of high blood pressure at bay is to make healthy dietary decisions, and evidence recommends eating a particular super-food to achieve this.
High blood pressure means your blood pressure is consistently too high and means that your heart has to work harder to pump blood around your body. This process causes your arteries to lose their stretchiness and become stiff or narrow. The narrowing makes it easier for fatty material (atheroma) to clog them up, and if the arteries that carry blood to your heart get damaged and clogged, it can lead to a heart attack.
Fortunately, by making healthy dietary decisions, you can relax the arteries and reverse the condition, warding off the threat of cardiovascular complications. Certain foods have been been shown to lower high blood pressure and decrease arterial stiffness.
One study investigating the blood-pressure lowering effects of eating spinach found that this popular leafy, green vegetable reduce high blood pressure by easing arterial stiffness. The study, published in the journal Clinical Nutrition Research, attributed the blood-pressure lowering effect to dietary nitrate, a compound found in the leafy, green vegetable.