11 of the Best Foods for Managing High Blood Pressure

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Kiwi

Namely, that kiwi fruit was responsible for lowering blood pressure both when the heart beats and when it's at rest between beats. At the very least, that blood pressure dips lower than those kiwi fruits are substituted for an apple

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Unsweetened Yogurt

According to Harvard Health, people who ensure that at least 2% of their caloric intake comes from unsweetened yogurt tend to have lower blood pressure and are up to 30% less likely to develop hypertension.

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Grapefruits

According to the American Heart Association, the power of grapefruits as a health food has earned it a somewhat overblown reputation. But while the citrus fruit isn't a magical fat-burner, it is an impressive part of a healthy diet.

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Bananas

As Colleen Spees from the Ohio State University Medical Center told the American Heart Association, bananas are loaded with health benefits due to the nutrients and fiber in them

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Salmon

While promoting his team's research, Dr. Alister McNeish from the University of Reading explained that salmon is one of several oily fish that's good for promoting heart health.

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Spinach

By the time that week had concluded, the researchers found that both the arterial stiffness and central blood pressure of participants had decreased.

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Oranges

A 2013 study in the ARYA Atherosclerosis journal found that standard commercial orange juice can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, while a 2022 study in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension found a similar effect was present in the fruits themselves

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Sweet Potatoes

According to the British Heart Foundation, having four or more servings of potatoes is more likely to raise a person's blood pressure than lower it.

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Strawberries

As Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Eric Rimm told Harvard Health, strawberries are known to lower blood pressure due to the high concentration of chemical compounds called anthocyanins

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Pistachios

As dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick told Time, nuts are generally a great part of a healthy diet due to them being a good source of plant-based protein, fiber, and more useful bodily fats.

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Cinnamon

In a 2013 study published in Nutrition, the short-term consumption of cinnamon was found to decrease systolic and diastolic blood pressure significantly.

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