8 Produce Picks for Better Blood Pressure [Infographic]

8 Produce Picks for Better Blood Pressure
Infographic from Everyday Health
Recent scientific studies suggest that diets rich in leafy greens and root vegetables may confer certain vascular benefits (such as lowering blood pressure, improving circulation and repairing arteries) and may decrease the risk of vascular disease (circulatory system disorders) that can lead to strokes and heart attacks.

Leafy greens and root vegetables are not only packed with essential vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants and other important micronutrients, they are also excellent sources of dietary nitrates.

According to some studies, dietary nitrates have been demonstrated to have a range of beneficial vascular effects.  (Vascular Effects of Dietary Nitrate (As Found in Leafy Green Vegetables and Beetroot) Via the Nitrate-Nitrite-Nitric Oxide Pathway).

This infographic entitled "8 Produce Picks for Better Blood Pressure' illustrates eight nitrate-rich vegetables that are thought to be heart-healthy picks:

Swiss Chard

According to nutritionists and other health experts, it is best that these veggies be locally and organically grown and eaten raw or minimally processed.

Infographic source and more information:  Everyday Health - Eat These Veggies to Lower Blood Pressure

Further Reading and Related:
Guide to Greens
The Benefits of Going Green
Leafy Vegetables and Nitrates

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