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Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Blood-Pressure-Friendly Breakfast

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?

More Blood-Pressure-Friendly FoodsMake 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.

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.

Yogurt -- Eating plenty of low-fat dairy products could really cut your hypertension risk.

Keeping your blood pressure at 115/76 mm Hg can make you as much as 12 years younger.


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