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

It says: “Fresh vegetables (along with fruit) provide a powerful punch of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, including potassium which can help lower your blood pressure.

“As with fruit, eating a range of vegetables will give you different health benefits.”

Dairy products

These can be a good source of calcium (which keeps bones strong), but they can also be high in saturated fat, and some cheeses can be very high in salt.

The research charity adds: “The best choices are skimmed and semi-skimmed milk, low-fat yoghurt, goats’ milk and goats’ cheese or low-fat cheeses such as soft or cottage cheese.”

Fruit juice and smoothies

A 150ml glass fruit juice counts as one portion, according to the research charity.

It says: “Smoothies can increase your intake of fruit even further since they contain the whole of the fruit.

“Avoid ‘juice drinks’ as these may only contain a small amount of fruit and may be high in added sugar.”

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High blood pressure: Potassium-rich foods include yoghurt

Fresh or cooked meats

Choosing oily fish (such as salmon, tuna or mackerel), chicken and lean meats (those with all the fat cut off) will make sure that your body is not taking in too much saturated fat.

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