High blood pressure: Three foods to eat for breakfast to help lower your reading
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, isn’t easy to detect because symptoms rarely show. The best way of finding out if you have an elevated reading is to have your blood pressure checked by your GP. But one way to prevent the condition developing in the first place, as well as to control the condition if you have it, is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. So when it comes to the first meal of the day, what should you eat?
Three foods highly recommended by experts to help regulate blood pressure are eggs, bananas and yoghurt.
One study claimed the proteins in eggs produce specific chemicals, that are know as peptides, which act as a similar way as common blood pressure medication.
And fried eggs could be more beneficial than hard-boiled eggs, said Blood Pressure UK.
“These peptides work to block the production of a chemical called angiotensin, which raises blood pressure.
“The study used a model of the human digestive system to show that fried and boiled eggs produced a significant amount of these angiotensin-blocking peptides.
“In fact, fried eggs appeared to produce even more than boiled.
“These findings suggest that eating cooked eggs may therefore have an effect at lowering your blood pressure.”
Bananas can have a positive effect on blood pressure as they’re rich in potassium, according to Chemist Click pharmacist, Abbas Kanani.
Increasing the amount of potassium in your diet can help get rid of excess sodium in the body.
Too much sodium, for example too much salt, has a negative impact on blood pressure, and could lead to hypertension.
“Foods that contain high levels of potassium should be made part of your daily routine,” said Kanani.
“Potassium helps the kidney get rid of sodium, which can have a positive effect on blood pressure.
“Foods that are typically high in potassium include, leafy greens, bananas and sweet potatoes.
“Before incorporating high levels of potassium in your diet, you should speak to you pharmacist or GP for advice, as there are certain individuals for whom a high potassium diet is not suitable (e.g. those with kidney problems or those taking certain medications such as ACE inhibitors).”
According to the American Heart Association, women who eat five or more servings of yoghurt a week experience a 20 per cent reduction in their risk for developing high blood pressure.
Heathline suggests one way you can incorporate yoghurt into your diet.
It says: “Try incorporating granola, almond silvers, and fruits into your yoghurt for extra heart-healthy benefits.
“When buying yogurt, be sure to check for added sugar. The lower the sugar quantity per serving, the better.”