Why red food is good for you and your blood pressure
How is red food good for blood pressure?
Many of the best fruits and vegetables for blood pressure are those that are red, purple or blue in colour. The reason red food is good for blood pressure is that red fruits and vegetables – and blue ones – contain anthocyanins, resveratrol, and lycopene, all of which are known to have specific benefits for blood pressure.
So eat (or drink) something red every day for healthier blood pressure.
For example, tomatoes are one red food good for blood pressure. Lycopene is what gives tomatoes their colour and is a very effective antioxidant for countering the effects of free radicals and lowering cholesterol levels.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene – see our post on tomatoes here: tomatoes are good for high blood pressure. However so are several fruits, including grapefruits, guavas, papayas, pomegranates, watermelons.
Watermelons are also rich in potassium and l-arginine (an amino acid, which promotes dilation of the blood vessels). And both grapefruit juice and pomegranate juice have been used in studies, with early evidence suggesting they may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Other red food good for blood pressure contains resveratrol. It’s found in the skin of red grapes, for example, and is partly what gives red wine its colour and heart health benefits. Resveratrol is thought to help lower blood pressure due to its antioxidant effects, and may help lower cholesterol and reduce blood clotting. Resveratrol may also protect against insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes and is also implicated in high blood pressure.
Foods rich in resveratrol include: chocolate and cocoa, peanuts, red grapes (and blueberries and cranberries to a lesser extent), and of course, red wine
Anthocyanins are the pigments which give the purplish and blue hues to berries and the red to blood oranges. They’ve been the focus of much medical research in recent years. Several large studies have shown higher intakes of anthocyanins to be associated with various cardiovascular benefits, including lower risk of high blood pressure, lower blood pressure, more flexible arteries, and lower risk of heart attack.
Blood oranges and red apples contain anthocyanins, but the densest concentrations are found in berries. Read more about berries here – Berries and high blood pressure
(Post by Alison)
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In addition to red foods, there’s a large choice of affordable natural ingredients that lower blood pressure. Many of these spices, herbs, berries, fruits, grains, vegetables, meats and drinks are available in local stores.
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So is red food good for blood pressure? Yes! To help keep your health levels up and you blood pressure down eat something red every day!