It is thus advised that a change in diet would be more prudent for people dealing with high blood pressure (BP). The thinking is that if a person can control their own food intake, then they can watch what they eat for their own personal health. It’s a question of self-motivation to eat better to lower blood pressure.
The DASH Diet
Aside from exercise, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is recommended for BP reduction in overweight individuals. A DASH diet is high in low-fat dairy products and fiber, including fruits and vegetables. Patients on this diet had reductions in systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP). These reductions were 5.5 and 3.0mm Hg, respectively, compared with those on a standard diet.
With healthy options such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, and low-fat dairy, the DASH diet has become a popular choice in decreasing hypertension. These foods are high in key nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, fiber, and protein.