High blood pressure is a common condition that puts extra stress on blood vessels and vital organs.
More than a quarter of all adults in the UK have high blood pressure, although many won’t even know they have it.
But you could lower your chances of high blood pressure symptoms by making some diet swaps.
One of the best foods to eat at lunchtime to lower your hypertension risk is tuna, it’s been claimed.
Eating more tuna could help to lower your blood pressure, and subsequently, your risk of heart attacks and heart disease, revealed Daria Kantor, founder of personal fitness app TruBe.
Tuna is rich in potassium, which helps to balance out the negative effects of sodium.
When choosing the perfect sandwich filling for your lunch, go for tuna for an antihypertensive meal.
“High blood pressure is something that everyone should aim to avoid, as it significantly increases the risk of serious illnesses such as heart disease, blood clots, strokes and kidney disease,” said Kantor.
“It is important to note that high blood pressure cannot usually be easily detected and often has no symptoms at all.
“Eating foods that are rich in potassium is an effective way to help lower blood pressure.
“Foods such as bananas, grapefruit, cooked broccoli, mushrooms, potatoes, fresh tomato juice, tuna, lentils and white beans are rich in potassium and can be easily incorporated into a daily healthy eating plan.
“For instance, why not add some banana slices to your standard morning bran cereal for a potassium-rich addition?”
Tuna is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to get rid of ‘bad’ cholesterol in the body.
It’s also packed full of manganese, zinc, and vitamin C, which work together to boost the immune system.
Alternatively, if you aren’t a fan of tuna, try eating more berries to maintain a healthy blood pressure, said Kantor.
High blood pressure is sometimes known as ‘the silent killer’, as many people aren’t even aware they have it.
Signs and symptoms of hypertension only reveal themselves in people with extremely high blood pressure.
Common high blood pressure symptoms include persistent headaches, finding blood in your urine, and having a pounding in the chest.
Speak to a doctor or pharmacist to have your blood pressure levels checked.
All adults over 40 years old should check their blood pressure at least every five years.