Foods For High Blood Pressure -Autumn

Foods for high blood pressure available in Europe during the Autumn Seasonal are plenty! During early autumn the seasonal foods are very much the same as those for summer. But towards the end of September and into October nuts are now ripe, if you eat them when they have been freshly gathered, rather than after having been in storage for several months, you will experience a flavor so intense and creamy you will only ever want to eat nuts when they are in season.

September Foods For High Blood Pressure

Butternut squash is delicious all through autumn – use its orange flesh to make soup, or roast thick wedges with olive oil, cinnamon bark and chilli flakes. September heralds the grape harvest across Europe – these bite sized fruits are full of anti-oxidants, potassium, iron, magnesium and selenium. Grapes can increase levels of nitric oxide in the blood which reduces the risk of heart attack through preventing the formation of LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol that builds plaque deposits in your arteries).

Plums are another fruit that is in season in September - some old English varieties such as czar may actually ripen as early as July, but these are so rarely grown on a commercial scale you have to track them down at farmer's markets or grow your own. All plums are rich in fiber so can maintain a healthy digestive system, and they are used in traditional medicines for their blood cleansing abilities.

October

Nuts! This is the month when almonds, Brazil nuts, cob nuts, hazelnuts and walnuts are all in season. The common misconception is that nuts are bad for you because they are full of fat – but the fats are unsaturated and monounsaturated. These are the good fats which fight bad LDL cholesterol and at the same time raise levels of good HDL cholesterol. Their high protein content makes them an excellent source of protein for vegetarians and vegans.

Walnuts in particular are high in omega 3 fatty acids which have been medically proven to lower high blood pressure.

November

Coming full circle, November's seasonal produce is very similar to December, but with the last of the soft fruits and nuts still being at their best. Leafy greens, beetroot and pomegranates are all hypertension busting foods which are available now.

Some heart healthy vegetarian recipes that can be made this season include:

nut roasts

plum crumble (made with oats and honey)

grape juice

walnut and blue cheese salad.

So autumn is the great season for super foods like nuts. In the old days folks used to eat foods of the season, only during the season and the body would have enough to last them until the foods are available again. Maybe we've messed with our bodies too much to make this a valid suggestion today. However, eat plenty of nuts in all its glory and you will have plenty of rich, nutritious and healthy foods for high blood pressure to be taken care of. This goes as usual with a dose of yoga exercise.

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