Persistent high blood pressure is one of the major causes of heart attacks and strokes throughout the world. While a family history of hypertension increases the risk of high blood pressure, your lifestyle and diet could also lift your blood pressure significantly. Sodium is largely blamed for raising the blood pressure level. Recent studies have unveiled other food nutrients that are also capable of pushing your blood pressure level. Researchers have found that diet rich in fructose and vitamin D deficiency could also raise your blood pressure level.
High fructose diet
Fructose is a type of simple carbohydrate. It occurs naturally in honey, melons, berries and several fruits and root vegetables. Commercial products such as high fructose corn syrup, present in sweetened foods and soft drinks, is a rich source of fructose. Fructose is the sweetest carbohydrate. In a recent study, researchers found that high fructose diet tends to raise blood pressure level in middle-aged men. Excess fructose intake is associated with increase in the incidence of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that increases the risk of developing heart diseases.
Researchers found that middle aged men who consumed 200 grams of excess fructose every day along with their regular diet, experienced rise in the blood pressure level within fifteen days.
Low vitamin D diet
If fear of darkening your complexion turns you away from the sunlight, then chances are high that you are suffering from vitamin D deficiency.
According to a recent study, vitamin D deficiency is a major cause of hypertension among young women. Sunlight is the free source of vitamin D.
The ultra violet rays of the sun triggers synthesis of vitamin D. To prevent vitamin D deficiency, you should expose your skin to the sunlight for at least 15 minutes. The early morning or late afternoon sunlight is safe for your skin.
Risk of vitamin D deficiency is especially greater among dark skinned people, whose dark complexion makes it difficult to absorb sunlight. Vitamin D also occurs naturally in fish, fish oil, egg and meat. Milk and milk products fortified with vitamin D are also popular sources of vitamin D.