Inside: When I’m asked what foods help lower blood pressure, I explain that the strongest connection is in how foods come together in a mostly plant-based diet. Strategies to create such a diet are important for preventing and treating hypertension… including for people dealing with both high blood pressure and cancer.
The U.S. Surgeon General has issued an urgent call to action about the toll from uncontrolled high blood pressure. And helping people shape a heart-healthy diet that’s right for them has to be part of our response.
Quiz Question: Of the many potential strategies for a heart-healthy diet, if you had to pick which eating habits to change to reduce high blood pressure, which two or three are most important?
Actually, that question about best strategies is a trick question. – Research has identified multiple changes in eating habits that can reduce blood pressure and promote vascular health. Some seem to have a stronger influence than others. But picking which are most important for any individual needs to consider that individual’s starting point (which habits are furthest from recommendations). And you need to consider that healthy eating strategies may differ in effectiveness because of genetic and health differences, and factors that make some strategies an easier fit with lifestyle and personal preferences.
Let’s explore the research options for making choices about foods that help high blood pressure….