High blood pressure is linked to heart attacks, kidney disease and stroke.
The common concern, which is also known as hypertension, affects one in four Brits.
While doctors often prescribe medication to alleviate symptoms, making healthy lifestyle changes can also be beneficial.
Many experts believe that focusing on what you eat is good for your health.
So how can you adjust your diet to lower blood pressure?
Apparently, eating pistachios can help to fight hypertension.
A study published in the NCBI measured the impact of the food on 28 BP patients.
Results showed that the nuts reduced peripheral vascular resistance, lowering blood pressure.
The abstract reveals: “After the higher dose, there were significant reductions in peripheral resistance and heart rate versus the control diet.”
If you’re looking for a way to work pistachios into your diet, stirring them into your porridge could be advisable.
Channel 4’s Live Well For Longer recently revealed that oats can cut hypertension risk.
The TV experiment got eight volunteers to eat two 60 gram servings a day.
After six weeks, 75% of participants found that their blood pressures had lowered.
While these studies are promising, research is still in its infancy.
If you have concerns about your blood pressure, it’s advisable to consult your doctor.
Learning the warning signs of hypertension is also recommended.
Headaches, dizziness and blurred vision are all symptoms of the health problem.
Online doctor and pharmacy Dr Flex outlines five more warning signs of hypertension:
1. Nausea and vomiting – It is not uncommon for the digestive system to be disturbed due to high blood pressure
2. Chest pain – The heart will pump faster and harder than usual
3. Shortness of breath – Disturbances in circulation can cause shortness of breath
4. Nosebleeds – Small blood vessels can swell up in the nose and burst
5. Flushing of the face, sweat and nerves – High blood pressure can cause panic attacks