Millions of people worldwide suffer from high blood pressure. According to data, nearly half of adults in the United States suffer from high blood pressure. It has been estimated that high blood pressure was the primary or contributing cause of death of almost 500,000 people in the US.

High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, especially if your hypertension remains uncontrolled and untreated. The good news is that high blood pressure can be successfully kept under control. We don’t always have to use medication though. People with elevated blood pressure (120-129 mm Hg / <80 mm Hg) can lower their blood pressure by changing their diet.

Fortunately, there are many foods available that have been proven to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.