High blood pressure or hypertension is a medical condition, which results in elevated levels of blood pressure in the arteries. Heart has to work harder than normal to circulate the blood. It is very crucial to control high blood pressure, especially in older ages. High blood pressure does not show any indications but can easily increase the chances of killer diseases like heart attack, kidney failure, heart failure, cognitive decline, aneurysms of the arteries, peripheral arterial disease, stroke, etc.
Even moderated elevation in arterial blood pressure can be associated with a shorter life span. Lifestyle and dietary changes can help in improving blood pressure control and consecutively reduce the associated health complications.
Dry fruits are rich in potassium, an important mineral which helps in regulating the blood pressure. Dried apricots have about 760 milligrams of potassium in a half-cup serving while dried peaches have about 800 milligrams in a half-cup serving. A healthy adult must consume at least 4700 milligrams of this mineral a day to prevent hypertension. High levels of sodium can also result in higher levels of blood pressure.
Dry fruits are low in sodium so help in solving the problem. Dry fruits like cashew, almonds and walnuts are also rich in magnesium, which allows the blood vessels to relax hence helping in reducing the blood pressure even further. They also help in preventing spasms.
Other dry fruits like figs, almonds and black walnuts are a very rich source of potassium and low in sodium, which helps in managing the levels of blood pressure. Many people who avoid eating dry fruits and consume food rich in sodium, including junk food and packed food are the ones more prone to this health risk.
Moreover, people who lose their temper very quickly or are overweight must avoid sodium rich food as they are at a greater risk for high blood pressure as compared to others. They consume dry fruits like raisins, which are rich in potassium, antioxidants and polyphenol; they have a positive effect on lowering the blood pressure.