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Hypertension is the most common cardiovascular disease.  It doesn’t exclude any gender, race or age group. However, African-Americans are at higher risk for this serious disease than any other race or ethnic group. African- Americans are developing hypertension at younger ages than other groups in the United States.

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High rates of high blood pressure in African-Americans may be due to the genetic make-up of people of African descent. One alarming fact about having hypertension is there are no warning signs or symptoms. Hypertension- (also known as high blood pressure) can lead to stroke, heart attack and death.  Many individuals discover they have this “silent killer” through a routine visit with their physician.  Thankfully, there are options that people with hypertension can choose and commit to lowering their hypertension to live a healthier life.

Simple changes to your diet are an easy way to start lowering your hypertension. Here are four foods that can be added to your daily menu for beneficial results for a healthier you.

Bananas- They are high in potassium and loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Spinach– Dark green vegetables are another food that is full of magnesium and contains folate which is an important mineral to help lower hypertension. If you’re not a fan of spinach, Collard greens can be substituted.

Garlic– This is a multi-use item that can be added to your meat and vegetables or taken raw. Although people are concerned with the odor and having bad breath, eating the raw cloves daily is the best and direct way to intake for maximum results.

Tomatoes are also high and rich in potassium. They give a double dose of positive effects for your liver and kidneys.

Applying these popular refrigerator items into your menu will definitely help to lowering your hypertension and have added results for your body and soul.

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