Manage Your Blood Pressure With the Help of These Vital Nutrients

When you think about nutrient deficiencies, I’m sure that you picture third world countries and populations of people who do not get adequate amounts of nutritious food. While this is all certainly accurate, the scary truth is that there are a surprisingly and shockingly high amount of people right here in the United States who are sorely lacking many of the nutrients that they need in order to stay healthy, or to get healthy as they recover from a health condition or issue.

While many people, even those who are in relatively good health, are actually not getting enough of the most critical nutrients, it is patients who are being treated for high blood pressure in particular who really need to worry about their nutrient intake. Patients with high blood pressure are already deficient in many nutrients, and therefore are at a much higher risk of developing even more health issues already as it is.

Without getting the proper nutrients they need, these risks to their health grow even greater. I recently came across an article post by Care 2 that provides some very helpful advice on the importance of getting enough of certain nutrients in order to make management of blood pressure levels that much easier. Here is what I learned from the article.

You have probably heard of potassium already, which makes it that much easier to remember that if you have high blood pressure, you will want to get enough potassium in your diet every day. Potassium regulates the electrical functions of the heart by working with sodium levels that are already present in the body, which can lower blood pressure over time. Stock up on foods such as bananas, leafy greens,avocados, and yogurt to get plenty of this important nutrient. 

Magnesium is another important mineral that high blood pressure patients need to make sure they are getting enough of. Magnesium directly regulates blood pressure; in fact, studies have shown that magnesium deficiencies are often linked to higher levels of blood pressure in the body. Add more magnesium into your diet by eating plenty of cashews,almonds, and spinach. 

Finally, you will also want to increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids if you haven’t already done so. In addition to improving brain health, these nutrients are great for cardiovascular health, which in turn improves blood pressure levels. Eat plenty of fish, such as tuna, salmon, and mackarel. You can always ask your doctor about starting up a supplement if you feel it is necessary.

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