Hypertension, known as silent killer, is one of India's most common lifestyle diseases.
The condition exhibits no symptoms even if blood pressure reaches a dangerously high level, making a person prone to having a cardiac arrest or stroke.
The Covid-19 pandemic has further escalated the stress levels due to work from home, resulting in longer working hours.
Hypertension refers to a condition where the long-term force of the blood is unusually high against the artery walls leading to several other diseases over time, says Sharanya S Shastry, a dietician at Apollo Spectra Hospital in Bangalore.
Shastry said including a few foods in the daily diet can help manage hypertension as these foods have medicinal properties.
Here are some super foods for hypertension:
Hypertension refers to a condition where the long-term force of the blood is unusually high against the artery walls leading to several other diseases over timePomegranate: This delicious fruit contains antioxidants and bioactive polyphenols, which possess many medicinal qualities beneficial for hypertension. One can simply include a bowl of the fresh fruit as their mid-morning snack.
Jamun fruit: High blood pressure can cause narrowing of the blood vessels, and this fruit contains potassium, which is good for the muscles. Besides being a wonder fruit for hypertension, jamun fruit is also good for managing elevated cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Beetroot: This has been a go-to super food for Olympians as it contains natural nitrates, which are converted into nitric oxide by the digestive system. A glass of raw beetroot juice or a cooked vegetarian dish of beetroot can significantly reduce high blood pressure levels in 2-3 hours of consumption.
Garlic: Garlic has been known to have medicinal properties for ages as it produces a natural compound called allicin on being crushed or chopped. It can bring blood pressure down instantly and is an excellent option to be added to the everyday food intake of hypertension patients.
Methi/fenugreek: Both leaves and seeds are rich in fibre, Calcium and they reduce the level of LDL/TG in the body resulting in bringing the blood pressure down. Hence include methi seeds in your tadka or a methi paratha in your diet.
Foods that have a proven history of helping maintain a healthy blood pressure level. A combination of these and a moderate level of physical activity daily can significantly help manage hypertension.
While working from home, try to create a sleep routine that gives the body ample time to reboot and reset.