High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a precursor to heart disease and stroke so it’s vital to keep it in check.
Fortunately, diet offers an effective means of reducing a high reading.
David Wiener is a Nutrition and Training Specialist at AI-based fitness and lifestyle coaching app Freeletics.
He shared with Express.co.uk the four “best” foods that can do this with gusto.
From yoghurt to tomatoes, here is how to eat for lower blood pressure levels.
1.Nuts and nut butter
Whether you eat them as a snack or add them your salad, nuts offer more than a crunch.
Eating the small foods packed with healthy fats could help keep your blood pressure in check, according to Wiener.
He said: “Pistachios in particular are high in potassium which is essential for regulating blood pressure levels.”
The healthy breakfast staple contains minerals and vitamins, including calcium, potassium and magnesium, as well as vitamin D.
These minerals have been shown to lower blood pressure due to direct effects on the artery walls, the expert shared.
Wiener explained that smoothies offer the perfect opportunity to add fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds into your diet, which could help maximise the amount of hypertension-lowering ingredients you eat.
“Try adding super foods such as spinach, berries and chia seeds into your smoothie for an extra punch,” he said.
Similarly to yoghurt, tomatoes offer a kick of potassium which can help keep your reading in check.
Furthermore, the juicy foods also contain a carotenoid pigment called lycopene.
“Lycopene has been linked to having extreme benefits on heart health and can massively decrease risk factors such as high blood pressure,” the nutritionist added.