High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects more than a quarter of all UK adults, according to the NHS.
Having high blood pressure puts extra strain on your blood vessels and vital organs.
The condition increases your risk of heart attacks, strokes and vascular dementia.
But, you could lower your risk of hypertension by eating more fruit and vegetables.
“Eating more fruit and vegetables has been proven to help lower blood pressure,” said Blood Pressure UK.
“Fruit and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre to keep your body in good condition.
“They also contain potassium, which helps to balance out the negative effects of salt. This has a direct effect on your blood pressure, helping to lower it.”
Get the most from your fruit and vegetables by following these tips.Related articles
Eating more fruit and vegetables has been proven to help lower blood pressure
Blood Pressure UK
Even just by boiling your vegetables before dinner, you could help to lower your blood pressure.
“If you boil vegetables, use as little water as possible to help keep the vitamins and minerals in them,” said Blood Pressure UK.
The best way to cook your vegetables to lower blood pressure is to steam or bake them.
More vitamins and minerals are locked into the vegetables by cooking them this way, as