Excess salt signals the kidneys to hold more water in the body. This excess water in the body increases the blood pressure thereby causing hypertension in the heart, blood vessels and the kidneys. To fight the strain put on the inner walls of the arteries by excess blood pressure, the arteries become thicker and stronger thereby reducing space for the blood to flow.
Since wine is good for the heart, it can be consumed in as much quantities as you want.
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Wine is an alcohol and alcohol needs to be taken in moderation. Excess alcohol increases the level of triglycerides in blood causing obesity, heart attack and stroke. Heavy drinking of even wine increases blood pressure and also causes alcoholism, cancer and depression.
Which compound in red beets is responsible for reducing blood pressure?
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Red beet roots are rich in nitrates. The bacteria on the surface of the tongue convert the nitrates into nitrite. The nitrites then get converted into a gas called nitric oxide which has a relaxing effect on the blood vessels and thereby reduces hypertension. Beetroot juice can be as effective as reducing blood pressure within a day.
DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is composed of the following foods:
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A DASH diet is composed of recommendations that contain specific amounts of foods to constitute a balanced diet so that blood pressure is kept under check. DASH diet does not exclude any particular food type completely but just takes care that the food does not play a role in raising blood pressure.
Dark chocolate reduces hypertension.
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Unsweetened or dark chocolate contains flavonoids which are healthy for the heart as they cause the blood vessels to dilate. The more the content of pure cocoa in chocolate, better it is against hypertension.