High blood pressure: Eat this fruit before meals to lower reading and heart disease risk

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High blood pressure: Eat this fruit before meals to lower reading and heart disease risk

High blood pressure is the body's way of telling you that your heart health is in jeopardy. It means that your blood is moving through your blood v

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High blood pressure is the body’s way of telling you that your heart health is in jeopardy. It means that your blood is moving through your blood vessels with devastating force. This force causes your blood vessels to harden and narrow in response – a mechanism that raises your risk of heart disease.

A 12-week study in 120 people found that eating ripe guava before meals caused an overall decrease in blood pressure by eight to nine points, a reduction in total cholesterol by 9.9 percent and an increase in “good” HDL cholesterol by eight percent.

An additional study has linked guava leaf extract to lower blood pressure, a decrease in “bad” LDL cholesterol, and a rise in “good” HDL cholesterol

What is “good” and “bad” cholesterol and why does it play a role in heart disease?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that sticks to your artery walls – this can eventually block the supply of blood flowing to your heart causing heart disease.

Potassium lowers your blood pressure by countering the harmful effects of sodium (salt).

The American Heart Association (AHA) explains: “The more potassium you eat, the more sodium you lose through urine.

“Potassium also helps to ease tension in your blood vessel walls, which helps further lower blood pressure.”

The other key component to lowering high blood pressure is to frequently engage in moderate-intensity exercise, says the NHS.



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