Put Flaxseeds in Your Cereal for Healthy Blood Pressure
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.
Keeping your blood pressure at 115/76 mm Hg can make your RealAge as much as 12 years younger.