Research published in the journal Clinical Nutrition to reduce high blood pressure levels. Unlike drugs, foods like flax don't unnaturally drop blood pressure, they work to restore a healthy blood pressure balance.
Red and purple grapes are high in a compound called resveratrol which is a potent anti-inflammatory, making them an excellent choice in the prevention of heart disease. Resveratrol improves the dilation of blood vessels and relaxes the walls of the blood vessels, which may help to lower blood pressure.
Green is the color of balanced blood pressure, if you're loading up on your favorite leafy greens, that is. So load up on: beet greens, collard, kale, lettuce, parsley and spinach. According to research in the journal Atherosclerosis vegetables with a high lutein content, like leafy greens, reduce the risk of heart disease that is a concern to many people with high blood pressure.
According to research published in Eurek Alert!, the science newsletter of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, people who eat mangoes experience a reduction in high blood pressure in as little as 2 hours thanks to the fruit's naturally-occurring heart- and blood-vessel-healing compounds known as mangiferin, quercetin, gallotannins and gallic acid.
According to research in the journal Archives of Medical Science tomatoes may be a great option for people with high blood pressure or at a high risk of heart disease.
Lycopene found in watermelon has also been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure. This delicious pink-colored fruit contains a nutrient known as citrulline, which in its conversion to the amino acid arginine increases the body's stores of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps to relax blood vessels and improves blood flow, which accounts for watermelon's ability to help regulate high blood pressure.
According to researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington found that a low intake of nuts and seeds was the leading dietary risk factor for death from cardiovascular disease (CVD). Walnuts are particularly great because they are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation throughout the body, including within the arteries.