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    How Can you Prevent High Blood Pressure?

    You can prevent high blood pressure by:

    Maintaining a healthy weight
    Getting regular exercise:
    Reducing salt intake
    Drinking alcohol in moderation, if at all:
    Reduce stress:

    Other nutrients may also help prevent high blood pressure. Here's a roundup of the research
    Potassium. Eating foods rich in potassium will help protect some people from developing high blood pressure
    Calcium. Populations with low calcium intakes have high rates of high blood pressure. However, it has not been proven that taking calcium tablets will prevent high blood pressure
    Magnesium. A diet low in magnesium may make your blood pressure rise. But doctors don't recommend taking extra magnesium to help prevent high blood pressure -- the amount you get in a healthy diet is enough.
    Fish oils. A type of fat called "omega-3 fatty acids" is found in fatty fish like mackerel and salmon. Large amounts of fish oils may help reduce high blood pressure, but their role in prevention is unclear.
    Garlic. There has been some evidence to suggest garlic’s effect in lowering blood pressure, in addition to improving cholesterol and reducing some cancers.

    Always talk to your doctor before taking a dietary supplement or alternative herbal treatment. Some may interact with other medications you may be taking or have harmful side effects.