Eating broccoli can help regulate blood pressure and reduce heart risk
The Journal of the American Medical Association describes broccoli as one of the best foods to protect against a stroke. When prepared correctly, it is also one of the tastiest!
Relax your blood vessels
Broccoli is a potent package of fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C. Potassium and magnesium relax blood vessels and improve blood flow. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that strengthens your blood vessels and retains nitric oxide which relaxes blood vessels.
Lower your blood pressure
Broccoli is also particularly high in the amino acid glutamic acid (the flavor enhancing compound responsible for taste sense of “umami”). A Northwestern University Chicago study found higher dietary intake of the amino acid glutamic acid via vegetables like broccoli, was linked to lower blood pressure.
Reduce your risk of hypertension, cardiovascular disease and stroke
Another compound in broccoli, glucoraphanin, may also reduce risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and stroke according to the study “Dietary Approach to Attenuate Oxidative Stress, Hypertension and Inflammation in the Cardiovascular System.
What are you waiting for?
There is no question that broccoli is one of the top foods to regulate your blood pressure. The only question is to how best to enjoy it and how to know if it is working for your. Use Hello Heart on your phone to track your blood pressure so you have a baseline. Then begin incorporating any of these fabulous broccoli recipes into your weekly diet. Measure the impact on your life satisfaction and blood pressure. What are you waiting for?