More than one in four adults in the UK are affected by high blood pressure, but the problem that affects many people with this condition are symptoms that are rarely noticed. One of the risk factors of the condition is a high salt diet. Making simple changes to what you eat can make a big difference. The NHS recommends reducing the amount of salt in your food and eating lots of fruits and vegetables. Studies have also shown that certain foods and drinks effectively lower blood pressure.
One of them is coconut water – a popular Caribbean beverage now available in the UK's main streets.
Pressure can be achieved through increased potassium intake, and coconut water is a major source of this mineral.
Blood Pressure UK states: "[Potassium] helps lower blood pressure by balancing the negative effects of salt.
"Your kidneys help control your blood pressure by controlling the amount of fluid stored in the body. The more fluid, the higher the blood pressure.
"Your kidneys filter the blood and suck up the excess fluid that stores them in the bladder as urine. In this process, the water, with a delicate balance of sodium and potassium from the bloodstream, passes through a cell wall into a collection channel leading to the bladder.
"Eating salt increases the amount of sodium in your bloodstream and destroys the delicate water balance, reducing the ability of the kidneys to remove the water. By eating more fruits and vegetables, you increase your potassium level and help restore the delicate balance.
"This helps your kidneys work more efficiently ̵
A small human experiment examined the effects of coconut water on the level Bottled water and another tropical beverage were referred to by about 29 high blood pressure patients.
Participants were given either bottled drinking water, coconut water, milk or a mixture of coconut water and milk for two weeks.
then taken two weeks before and during the two-week study.
Significant decreases in mean systolic blood pressure were observed in 71% of patients receiving coconut water, 40% of patients receiving Mauby and 43% of those receiving the combination.
However, the researchers agreed that additional randomized trials would be required.
When it comes to what edible oil is best for high blood pressure has been shown that olive oil is the best oil.
A study published in Clinical Nutrition examined the effects of Extra Virgin Oil on blood pressure in elderly patients treated for hypertension.
Some of the elderly patients Patients with this condition took extra virgin olive oil while others ingested sunflower oil.
After four weeks, the results showed that extra virgin olive oil lowered blood pressure more than sunflower oil.