Learn How Tomatoes May Help You Reduce High Blood Pressure

Tomatoes have several benefits, including antioxidant and detoxifying properties. Read about how you can use them to help with high blood pressure here!
Learn How Tomatoes May Help You Reduce High Blood Pressure
Maria Patricia Pinero Corredor

Reviewed and approved by the nutritionist Maria Patricia Pinero Corredor.

Written by Editorial Team

Last update: 15 December, 2022

Whenever you choose to eat healthy, tomatoes are a great ally. They have several benefits, including antioxidant and detoxifying properties. They also play a significant role in preventing different diseases like high blood pressure and various types of cancer.

Tomatoes also contain important vitamins, like vitamins C and A.  The first substance improves iron absorption, making wounds heal faster, and strengthens the immune system, among other qualities. The second one is very important when it comes to maintaining proper skin, eye, and respiratory tract health.

Tomatoes are also great cardiovascular protectors. They help reduce and regulate blood pressure. They also contain potassium, a mineral that helps regulate bodily fluids. Tomatoes prevents bad cholesterol from sticking to artery walls, causing fat accumulation and thereby an increase in blood pressure.

High blood pressure makes the heart work harder in order to efficiently pump blood and nutrients to the different organs of the body, because the arteries that transport it are not in the best condition. This extra exertion on the heart slowly damages it. But it can also damage other primary organs.

Remember this condition is responsible for several heart problems. The consequences of suffering from high blood pressure include: arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris, kidney damage, vision damage, strokes, and more.

Is high blood pressure curable?

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High blood pressure is treatable, but not curable. Once doctors have diagnosed you with hypertension, you’ll live with it for the rest of your life.  The most important thing is to change your bad habits.

So, if you want to avoid damages caused by hypertension, choose foods that help control it. Tomatoes are a great example as they protect your health and are low in calories. They also help you keep a lean figure.

Tomatoes can be eaten raw in salads, salsas and sauces. They can even be prepared as refreshing tomato juice beverages. The truth is, it all depends on your preference when it comes to taking advantage of the several properties that tomatoes have.

Also, you can’t forget to ask your doctor as well. Control your salt consumption and under no circumstance should you stop taking your medication if your doctor has prescribed it. If you have a family member that suffers from hypertension, or if you exhibit any of the risk factors for it (obesity, excessive salt consumption, smoking or stress) you should take even greater precautions.

Periodic blood pressure control is also very important. A lot of people spend long periods of time without even suspecting they have high blood pressure. When this disorder is developing there are usually no symptoms, but the damage is accrued silently.

Someone getting their blood pressure checked

Prevention is the key

Tomatoes help control hypertension. While you can enjoy them in several different ways, don’t forget there are other necessary factors you must add to this fight. In the first place, avoid any risk factors, exercise at least 3 times a week, control your cholesterol levels, don’t drink excessively, and avoid saturated fats.

If you’ve been sedentary for the majority of your life, it would be a good idea to get a medical exam prior to starting regular exercise. The doctor will determine if you can perform physical activity, as well as which type in particular.

Today, our health is threatened by an endless list of diseases and disturbances, from the most common to the least known conditions. And in a lot of cases, there’s no known cure. That’s why the only thing you can do is maintain a strong and healthy body.

There are several predisposing factors that can’t control. Factors such as age, genes and race. And they could indicate the appearance of diseases. But regarding other risk factors, you can do a lot to prevent them.

Nature provides so many ways of taking care and nurturing ourselves, while at the same time keeping us balanced. Use these life gifts, and maintain a stable health for much longer.

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