High blood pressure is a common condition that affects around a quarter of all adults in the UK. The condition, which is also known as hypertension, could be caused by eating an unhealthy diet, and by not doing enough exercise. But you could lower your chances of developing high blood pressure by taking some supplements. A daily dose of omega-3 fatty acid supplements could help to protect against hypertension, and subsequently boost your heart health, it’s been revealed.
Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the best nutrients for your overall health, and they could help to protect against heart disease, it’s been claimed.
They’re commonly found in oily fish, and have been shown to promote a healthy blood pressure, said Holland & Barrett.
Just 3g of omega-3 fatty acids every day could be enough to protect against hypertension, it said.
“You may not know if you have high blood pressure, as it’s a hidden issue,” it said.
“In England alone, it’s estimated there are over five million people unaware that they have it. That’s one in four adults unknowingly at risk of heart problems, kidney disease, stroke and dementia.
“The reason we’re always being advised to eat oily fish is for their omega 3 fatty acids.
“The types found in salmon, tuna and co. are known as EPA and DHA, and a daily dose of 3g has been shown to promote normal blood pressure.
“If you’re not a fish fan, consider fish oil supplements. But for veggies unfortunately no substitute has been proven to have the same effect on blood pressure.”
You could also lower your chances of high blood pressure by regularly taking potassium supplements.
Potassium helps to balance out the negative impact of sodium on the body, and specifically on blood pressure.
If you’d prefer not to take supplements, you could get more potassium in your diet by eating more sweet potatoes, green vegetables, and bananas.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet and doing regular exercise is crucial to avoiding high blood pressure. Everyone should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
High blood pressure is often known as ‘the silent killer’, because many people may be at risk without even knowing it.
That’s because hypertension symptoms only tend to reveal themselves if you have extremely high blood pressure.
Common high blood pressure symptoms include chest pain, severe headaches, and finding blood in your urine.
Speak to a doctor or pharmacist to check your blood pressure. All adults over 40 years old should check their blood pressure at least every five years.