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High blood pressure is a condition which occurs when the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high. If left untreated, it can lead to life-threatening conditions such as heart disease.

Your blood pressure will be higher the more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries are. The worst problem with the condition is that many people disregard it, which significantly increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. As we mentioned before, the condition is pretty common nowadays, with over 70 million Americans suffering from it, which accounts for 40% of all adults over 25. High blood pressure is also linked to high cholesterol levels and is most often caused by unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and stress.

Pressure regulating foods

Garlic

Raw garlic is a well-known blood pressure remedy that can also prevent serious diseases such as atherosclerosis and heart disease. It contains allicin, an active compound that has the same effect blood pressure drugs have and has been confirmed as effective by several scientific studies. Furthermore, garlic regulates cholesterol, relaxes blood vessels and prevents the creation of angiotensin II, a hormone that increases blood pressure.

Cucumber

Cucumbers contain rich amounts of water, potassium, magnesium and fiber. The vegetable can balance the amount of sodium in your cells and prevent condition such as atherosclerosis. The fiber content reduces cholesterol, aids weight loss and prevents high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

Combining both vegetables will give you a healthy salad which willsurely improve your cardiovascular health. Here’s how to prepare it:

Ingredients

1 cucumber

3 garlic cloves

½ – 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

A couple of teaspoons of water

Preparation

Wash the cucumber well and chop it into small pieces, then peel the garlic and crush it with the wide edge of a knife. Put the cucumber in a salad bowl, then and the minced garlic before adding the vinegar and water in the end. Serve the salad with some mint leaves and enjoy!