High blood pressure affects more than 25 per cent of all adults in the UK.

The condition, which is known as hypertension, puts extra pressure on blood vessels and vital organs.

But making some diet or lifestyle changes could help to lower your risk of hypertension.

Eating kiwi fruit every day is a great way to slash your odds of high blood pressure, scientists have claimed.

Adding three kiwis to your daily routine could lower your blood pressure, according to Norwegian scientists.

It could reduce blood pressure by as much as 3.6/1.9mmHg, they revealed.

The fruit is rich in vitamin C, which could be causing the improved blood pressure in patients, the scientists added.

To gain the benefits, you should eat three kiwi fruits every day for eight weeks, they claimed.

“Kiwi fruit contains bioactive substances that may lower blood pressure and improve endothelial function,” said the researchers in the 2015 study.

“Among men and women with moderately elevated blood pressure, intake of three kiwi fruits was associated with lower systolic and diastolic 24-hour blood pressure compared with one apple a day.”

Patients could also lower their risk of hypertension symptoms by drinking beetroot juice, according to a British Heart Foundation study.

The nitrates in beetroot may be the key to reducing blood pressure, scientists claimed.

Roasting or juicing beetroot could also harbour anti-hypertensive benefits, as the root vegetable is water soluble, and boiling them will lower the amount of benefits.

One of the best ways to lower your blood pressure is to cut back on the amount of salt in your diet.

Adults should aim to eat less than 6g of salt in a single day – the equivalent to about a teaspoonful.

High blood pressure is often known as ‘the silent killer’, as there are usually no symptoms of the condition at all.

But, if someone has extremely high blood pressure, they may develop some signs, including chest pain or headaches.

The best way to reveal your risk of hypertension is to get your blood pressure checked.

Speak to a doctor or pharmacist to check your blood pressure, said the NHS.

All adults over 40 should check their blood pressure at least every five years.


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