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:
What can you do to get more accurate blood pressure readings? Find out here.
Clinically known as hypertension, high blood pressure can cause a host of problems if left untreated. The most common type of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure causes our hearts to work harder by forcing blood to push ag...ainst the walls of our arteries at an elevated level. Hypertension is the leading cause of strokes and heart attack. It also increases your risk of having heart and kidney failure and hardening of the arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis. More