You can help rebalance your blood pressure with these top foods and drinks
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with low pressure, it means your blood pressure readings are consistently 90/60 or lower.1
Doctors don’t usually consider low blood pressure – or hypotension – an issue because the lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.2
Most of the time, low blood pressure is simply a sign you’re fit and healthy – which is good news!3 But low blood pressure can cause uncomfortable symptoms, including:4
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5 foods to help low blood pressure
If your symptoms are bothering you, adding these foods and drinks to your diet can help bring your blood pressure back into balance.
1. Up your fluid intake
Drinking more can increase your blood volume, gently raising your blood pressure. Go for water and herbal teas, rather than coffee and colas.5
2. Vote green – for veggies
A lack of folate in your diet can sometimes lead to low blood pressure.6 Green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and broccoli are all good sources of folate, so try to include more of these.7
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3. Boost your B12
Yeast extract and nutritional yeast are good sources of vitamin B12, as well as folate.8,9 Low levels of B12 have been shown to contribute to low blood pressure.10
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4. Super cereals
Wheat germ and other cereals are a good source of folate.11 And vitamin B12 is found in some fortified cereals – check the label.12 If you’re vegan, it can be particularly difficult to include enough B12 so you could think about taking a supplement.13/sup>
5. Go for an old-school sweet
Liquorice contains a substance called glycyrrhizin, which works to alter the body’s levels of salts, like potassium and sodium. In turn, this raises the volume of blood, increasing your blood pressure.14 But only eat it now and again – you don’t want to have high blood pressure, either.
Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP before trying any remedies.
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7. British Dietetic Association. Food fact sheet: folic acid. Available from: https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/FolicAcid.pdf
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14. British Heart Foundation. Could eating liquorice affect my blood pressure? Available from: https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-matters-magazine/nutrition/ask-the-expert/liquorice