High blood pressure: Six surprising foods that could help lower your reading

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Foods rich in polyphenols have been found to help lower blood pressure and the overall risk of heart disease.

Polyphenols are natural plant compounds that are good for your heart.

One of the best foods for packing polyphenols is berries.

People with low calcium intake have been shown to have high blood pressure.

Calcium supplements haven’t been conclusively shown to lower blood pressure, but calcium-rich diets appear to be linked to healthy levels.

The British Dietetic Association lists the best sources of calcium.

High blood pressure can cause a person’s arteries to thicken and harden, increasing the risk of serious health complications such as heart attack and stroke. The condition can be difficult to spot because symptoms are rarely noticeable. The best way to find out if you have a high blood pressure is to have your GP check your reading or to use a blood pressure monitor to check yourself at home. But when it comes to preventing the condition or reducing a high reading, experts recommend eating healthily.

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