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I just had a bluecrest health screening and it showed my BP was high. Does anyone know of any foods that can lower BP?

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    grachap
    grachap

    If your blood pressure is high, I think it's worth seeing your doctor as medication can reduce your risks. High blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke, so I'd take your bluecrest health screening results to your doctor so he or she can give you the right advice. I know there are certain foods that help with cholesterol (eg avoid butter and I have special spread myself which is meant to help reduce levels) but I am not so sure about blood pressure - am sure there must be some good tips...

    VinG
    VinG

    Thanks for your reply, but my BP was not raised to the level at which I would require a visit to my GP - I know how busy they are. I know exercise it good and I have started walking three times a week. I just wondered if any particular foods could help too.

    Concerned
    Concerned

    The evidence does not support that lowering blood pressure by taking medicine is, in and of itself, beneficial.
    Moderate your carb intake (1g carbohydrate holds 3g water in the body), eat low GI, exercise, and practice relaxation.

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    florence5
    florence5

    Hi The nitrates in beetroot juice are helpful in reducing blood pressure. What were your readings? Your GP would want to know if your blood pressure is raised at all. Even if it does not require treatment at present, it is a warning sign and should be recorded so that regular checks are triggered. From experience, it can be borderline then suddenly shoot up to dangerous levels. Take care. PS Forgot to say to cut right back on your salt intake.

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    bigleg
    bigleg

    VinG – the best place to start is magnesium. Here are a few excellent resources to help understand the role of magnesium in overall health, reasons for low magnesium levels in our modern diet and best sources of magnesium to optimise magnesium absorption.

    http://drcarolyndean.com/
    drsircus.com/medicine/magne...
    http://drmyhill.co.uk/wiki/Magnesium

    I hope this gives you a helpful direction to research.

    bigleg
    bigleg

    Was your BP really high? Our BP changes throughout the day to balance with the demands. Before worrying too much, check your BP as opportunity arises and see how it varies throughout the day. Worrying people about BP has enabled sales of medications to control BP rather than getting to the cause. If you check your BP intermittentily you may find it averages within very acceptable norms.

    Textech
    Textech

    As an initial step, change over to low sodium salt for cooking and adding to salads.

    Concerned
    Concerned

    Low sodium salt usually uses potassium instead, which may also cause problems.

    VinG
    VinG

    Some really great advice on here thank you very much. My BP was 146 over 94 which I believe is High Blood pressure Stage 1. I want to try to get this down naturally through diet and exercise. I think the advice about monitoring my BP regularly was a good point. I have seen a small home monitoring blood pressure machine which I think I will purchase and I am definitely going to continue to have regular health screens - so much better to get ahead of any potential problems and try to prevent them through diet and exercise. I know many friends who are on all manor of medications and once you start I think its something you have to do for the rest of your life.

    LindyW
    LindyW

    I eat beetroot 5 or 6 days a week with a salad. The best is fresh beetroot, but the stuff in a jar is OK as long as it isn't the sweetened beet. Also porridge oats for breakfast a few times a week is good. It has worked for me. My BP was about the same as yours; it is now 115/76.

    vizrodge
    vizrodge

    Don't buy the monitor!!!! Apparently they aren't conclusive and not accurate enough for guidance. Even GP's hate them. Buy some beetroot with the money I've just saved you!!

    JimJones2
    JimJones2

    I’m not sure if raised blood pressure is worth being too concerned about it can fluctuate at different times of the day etc.. You’re right that a healthy diet might be all you need + the odd bit of excercise!

    patch14
    patch14

    Oat based foods and oat milk are very good and fibre rich. There is anecdotal evidence that it affects Cholesterol positively and may help with the lowering of blood pressure. Try a few searches on the web and see what advice on diet, exercise and blood pressure readings you can find.

    bala
    bala

    All,
    Blue crest screening report has many pages depending on how much money was spent. The screening gives, green amber and red to indicate issues. Some are marginal. BP monitor is not that expensive to buy and easy to use to check blood pressure. If you consider going to GP is wasting their time, may be you can check it your self.
    How about other results, blood, PAD and ECG?
    For me blue crest screening found BBB, I am seeing a cardiologist and to go a 12 lead ECG!!, I am glad the screening found this.

    EveC
    EveC

    Recent medical research reported that pomegranate juice, just 1 fl oz a day lowers blood pressure by over 12%. POM is available from most supermarkets for around £3 and that will last you a couple of weeks...and it tastes nice too.

    stopgo
    stopgo

    I can only add that its not the type of food its the quantity and i am afraid its the deadly excersize thats needed. !!

    Traci
    Traci Administrator

    Oooh just had to google BBB! Let us know how you get on Bala.
    As for the home monitors try and choose one that is validated by the British Hypertensive Society as they are classed as 'accurate' more info here:
    www.bhsoc.org//index.php?cI...

    grachap
    grachap

    agree that oats and fibre is good - never tried the juices suggested, but will do so now - thanks for the info!

    Doug_Hamilton
    Doug_Hamilton

    Hi!
    I just got my report from Bluecrest Health Screening and I too had high blood pressure!! I have found the posts on here helpful and will take on board all tips with regards to diet. I want to start exercising more, are there any particular things I can do that would specifically help with high blood pressure? Which is better, cardiovascular exercise or resistance training? Or a mixture of both? Could someone please advise...

    florence5
    florence5

    Hi Doug, I think the answer to your question is contained in the wording - cardiovascular exercise raises the heart and breathing rates and is therefore most beneficial for any issues pertaining to the heart and vascular system. I don't know a lot about resistance training, but I would think that it might be risky to engage in this to any great extent, without proper medical or physiotherapy advice, especially for those with established heart disease and/or high blood pressure, as it will put an extra strain on the heart and vascular system.

    bala
    bala

    All,
    This is very interesting!, BCHS give the report well written in a colour booklet!, How do we READ the findings that are given in Red, amber and green format. I am in the process to see a specialist for BBB. It was suggested that I do a 12 lead ECG check. Blood Pressure, above normal for me!, the other day my BP after 6 months was 120/70.
    Please remember the calibration of test equipment and the person doing the test!
    You can buy a home BP device, value for money.
    Both my wife and I go to GYM in the morning, at starting point on a machine, my heart rate is 90 and my wife's is 115, she has no problems. My wife is in the medical field!. Her BP is also high!
    Private screening, "Do we need it?"

    bala
    bala

    Hi,
    Please read this weeks copy od The Daily Mail Health section!

    VinG
    VinG

    Hi Doug, I think florence5 is correct, cardiovascular exercise is going to be the best at lowering blood pressure. Flexibility and strengthening exercises such as lifting weights are an important part of an overall fitness plan, but it takes aerobic activity to control high blood pressure. And you don't need to spend hours in the gym every day to benefit. Simply adding moderate physical activities to your daily routine will help.

    Any physical activity that increases your heart and breathing rates is considered aerobic exercise, including:

    Household chores, such as mowing the lawn, raking leaves or scrubbing the floor
    Active sports, such as basketball or tennis
    Climbing stairs
    Walking
    Jogging
    Bicycling
    Swimming

    bala
    bala

    All,
    This is very interesting!, BCHS give the report well written in a colour booklet!, How do we READ the findings that are given in Red, amber and green format. I am in the process to see a specialist for BBB. It was suggested that I do a 12 lead ECG check. Blood Pressure, above normal for me!, the other day my BP after 6 months was 120/70.
    Please remember the calibration of test equipment and the person doing the test!
    You can buy a home BP device, value for money.
    Both my wife and I go to GYM in the morning, at starting point on a machine, my heart rate is 90 and my wife's is 115, she has no problems. My wife is in the medical field!. Her BP is also high!
    Private screening, "Do we need it?"

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