In the circulatory system of our body, the force of its blood when pushing against the walls of the arteries is known as blood pressure.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, occurs when the blood pressure is causing the walls of the arteries to expand. This pressure can cause damage to the blood vessels that often leads to heart disease, stroke, among other problems that threaten our lives.
Some healthy foods can prevent, decrease and even reverse the heart damage caused by high blood pressure.
Oatmeal is one of these foods with heart-healthy benefits. These heart-healthy benefits arise due to the ability of oats to offer high fiber content, which is low in fat and low in sodium.
Bananas have several healthy vitamins such as vitamins C and B-6. They also contain carbohydrates, proteins, fiber and magnesium. Bananas are good for the heart because they contain potassium that helps lower blood pressure by balancing the negative effects of salt.
Salt holds water, which can be problematic if your kidneys can not get rid of it. Potatoes also have potassium. One potato, contains approximately 897 mg of potassium. That is 25% of the recommended amount.
We just have to make sure that the potatoes are not too salty. Berries – like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries – are good for the heart, because they are a source of polyphenols, micronutrients and fiber.
* Healthy or normal blood pressure is characterized by being more than 120 over 80 and less than 140 over 90. If it is higher than that range, say 150/100, it would be considered that you have high blood pressure, which could be cause for concern.
* Oats, bananas, potatoes and berries are good for blood pressure.