Here's a great morning meal for better blood pressure: Grind up some flaxseeds and sprinkle them on your whole-grain cereal.
That's right. Whole grains are good for lowering blood pressure, and flaxseeds may help bring it down a bit as well. Give those omega-3s another round of applause.
Some ALA to Start Your Day
Flaxseeds are abundant in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fat. And in a study, ALA-rich foods lowered blood pressure slightly -- probably because this omega-3 fatty acid helps relax blood vessels, allowing blood to move more freely through arteries. And since even small drops in blood pressure can help your health in big ways -- by guarding against stroke and cardiovascular disease -- why not sneak in more flaxseeds where you can? Try this yummy recipe for Maple, Walnut and Flaxseed Pancakes.
More Blood-Pressure-Friendly Foods
Make sure to include these foods in your blood-pressure-lowering plan, too:
- Walnuts -- They are loaded with ALA and help your heart in other important ways. Watch the video to learn more.
- Berries -- One study recorded a seven-point dip in systolic pressure from a daily dose.
- Tomatoes -- The lycopene in tomatoes has a talent for tamping down blood pressure. Here's how.
- Yogurt -- Eating plenty of low-fat dairy products could really cut your hypertension risk. See what the research shows.
What can you do to get more accurate blood pressure readings? Find out here.