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Fight Hypertension with Plant-Based Lifestyle

Sharon Palmer

One of the best benefits of eating a plant-based diet, according to studies, has been that it reduces your risk of high blood pressure (hypertension). It’s no wonder, because whole plant foods are low in sodium, and rich in potassium, among other nutrients good for optimal blood pressure levels. And new research supports this strategy, along with other healthy lifestyle measures. Patients with hypertension who followed a vegan diet, walked daily, maintained good hydration, and got adequate sleep significantly reduced their blood pressure and their medication requirements over two weeks, according to researchers who reported their findings at the American Society for Nutrition’s annual meeting. Data showed 24% of participants reduced their blood pressure medications and 69% eliminated them during the study period.

Read more about the study here.

Image: Ginger Pear Date Oats, by Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, is rich in nutrients to support healthy blood pressure.

Read more about eating for a healthy blood pressure on a plant-based diet at The Plant-Powered Dietitian.

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