5 foods that can help prevent hypertension

Lisa Wurth

April 19, 2011

Hypertension is the term most often used to describe high blood pressure. The condition can lead to many more serious health consequences down the road, which can cause cardiovascular problems especially. 

Older adults looking to live a healthier lifestyle may want to install a personal emergency response system in their home. This device can be used to instantly send a medical alert to call centers if one suffers from an unexpected health condition. AARP.org suggests that it's also important to start eating foods that can help prevent hypertension, such as:

1. Berries. Some research has shown that one serving of blueberries each week can cut the risk of high blood pressure.

2. Whole-grain, high-fiber cereal. Get the best health benefits by starting the morning with a bowl of cereal topped with blueberries!

3. Potatoes. Potatoes are an important source of potassium and magnesium, two nutrients that many Americans are lacking in their everyday diets.

4. Beet juice. Drinking a glass of beet juice has been shown to lower blood pressure within an hour.

5. Low-fat dairy products. Yogurt and skim milk can make it 11 percent less likely that one will suffer from high blood pressure.