Hypertension is the ultimate stealth condition, with many people not knowing they have it without having their blood pressure measured — or until high blood pressure begins to damage vital organs. A person’s diet is key and when it comes to a drink helping to lower blood pressure, a smoothie made with the following ingredients could help.
Numerous studies investigating the blood-pressure lowering effects of eating vegetables found that leafy, green vegetables help to reduce high blood pressure by easing arterial stiffness.
The study, published in the journal Clinical Nutrition Research, attributed the blood-pressure lowering effect to dietary nitrate, a compound found in the leafy, green vegetable.
Leafy green vegetables include kale, spinach, cabbage and Romaine lettuce.
Blood pressure can be tested by your GP or using a special medical device you can buy and keep at home.
When testing, blood pressure should be measured in both arms to get the best reading.
The NHS advised adults over the age of 40 should have their blood pressure checked at least once every five years.
Causes of high blood pressure include a diet high in salt, being overweight and a lack of exercise.