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

The research charity adds: “The healthy oils in fish will also help to make sure that there is a good balance of cholesterol in your blood. Avoid fatty cuts of meat, or prepared foods like scotch eggs or sausages, as these can be high in salt and saturated fat.”

Eggs

Eggs can be a useful source of protein and minerals when eaten in moderation.

Salad dressings

Salads should be an important part of your diet, but if you are buying salad dressings, always check the label to see how much salt, sugar and fat they contain. (If they contain too much salt, they may undo all the blood pressure lowering work of the salad.)

“Better still, you can make your own simple salad dressings with olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice,” the research charity adds.

So what is considered a normal blood pressure reading? NHS Choices advises that blood pressure is recorded with two numbers. The systolic pressure (the higher number) is the force at which your heart pumps blood around your body.