High blood pressure: Potassium rich foods to add to your diet to lower your reading

High blood pressure increase the chances of life-threatening complications at any age. This is because the higher your blood pressure, the harder your heart has to work to pump blood round your body.

Hypertension puts strain on blood vessels and can enlarge your heart, making blood vessels clog, burst or leak, and can cause damage to your major organs.

These can put you at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, gout, vascular dementia, and problems with your vision.

But high blood pressure can often be prevented or reduced by eating more potassium.

Potassium helps to balance out the negative effects of salt and lower your blood pressure, according to Blood Pressure UK.

It advises: “To reap the benefits of more potassium in your life, try to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. (A portion is about the same size as your closed fist.)

“Not only will this help to lower your blood pressure, it will also help you to avoid certain cancers, bowel problems and even heart attacks or strokes.”


High blood pressure increase the chances of life-threatening complications at any age

Good sources of potassium include potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, tomato sauce (without added salt or sugar), orange juice, tuna (fresh, frozen or tinned, but avoid tuna packed in brine), yoghurt and fat-free milk.

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