High blood pressure or hypertension has become a household disorder in India. It is one of the most popular health conditions experienced by millions across India. There is a popular conception that people who are in their mid-40s and 50s suffer from hypertension. But recent survey proved that people from young generation are facing from the disorder of elevated blood pressure levels. If your blood pressure level is way higher than the normal 120/80 mmHg, it is recommended to visit a cardiac specialist in your vicinity. The absence of proper care and attention on high blood pressure or hypertension might lead to constricted arteries, reduced blood flow and stroke. Apart from taking medicines, you need to control your diet to maintain your heart health and regulate blood pressure levels.
Since winters are around the corner, you might indulge yourself in eating a variety of seasonal veggies that are known to check the surge in blood pressure levels.
Here are some winter vegetables you can consider adding to your high blood pressure diet plan.
Carrots: Carrots are stuffed with potassium that relaxes the tension in your blood vessels and arteries. It neutralises the adverse effects of sodium. It also decreases the risk of atherosclerosis and strokes. You can have it in the form of raw veggies, stews or juices.
Beetroot: It is loaded with antioxidants that lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and vitamin B improves the nerve function. Studies have suggested that beetroot has sufficient content of nitrates that produce a gas called nitric oxide. This gas helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, and assist in the improvement of blood flow along with lowering the blood pressure temporarily.
Spinach: Spinach contains potassium and lutein. Lutein prevents thickening of walls of arteries, thereby reducing the risk of heart attacks. Spinach is packed with potassium, folate and magnesium, that further ensure that your blood pressure levels are in control. Spinach is deficient in calories. It can be tossed up in salads, sneaked in sandwiches and Lasagne or blended into smoothies.
Radish: Radish is also powered with potassium, that is known to regulate blood pressure. Radish can be added in your salads or even blended in healthy soups.
Methi (Fenugreek Leaves): Both fenugreek leaves and fenugreek seeds are stuffed with an abundant quantity of soluble fibre, which helps in reducing cholesterol, especially LDL. High-fibre diet helps in maintaining steady blood pressure levels too. Additionally, methi leaves and seeds are very low on sodium as well.