High blood pressure is a deadly condition that affects more than one in four adults in the UK. The condition, which is also known as hypertension, could be caused by eating an unhealthy diet, or by not doing enough exercise. Diagnosing the condition early is crucial as it puts extra stress on your blood vessels and vital organs. You could lower your chances of developing hypertension by regularly drinking coconut water, it’s been claimed.
Coconut water is a great drink to lower your blood pressure, as it’s rich in potassium, according to medical website University Health News.
Potassium is a crucial mineral that helps to balance out the negative effects of sodium on the body. Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure.
Coconut water contains more potassium per serving that most other foods and drinks, it said.
“Coconut water has become increasingly popular as a drink around the world because of its natural ingredients, electrolytes, and mineral content combined with its low levels of fat, calories, and carbohydrates,” said the medical website.
“Coconut water health benefits include strong antioxidant effects; protection of the cardiovascular system and the liver; and reduction of cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure in animal studies.
“Increasing potassium through the diet is a well-established way to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk for cardiovascular disease.
“How much potassium is in coconut water? Coconut water may contain more than 600mg of potassium per serving, an amount higher than one serving of just about any other food or beverage.
“Because of its high potassium content, coconut water has been studied for its effects in controlling high blood pressure and has been shown to decrease both systolic [the top number] and diastolic [the bottom number] blood pressure.”
Drinking coconut water could also help to lower your risk of diabetes, scientists have claimed.
Containing just 3g of fibre and 6g of carbohydrates, coconut water can easily fit into a diabetes diet plan.
It also contains plenty of magnesium, which increases insulin sensitivity, and lower blood sugar levels in people with both type 2 diabetes and pre diabetes.
High blood pressure is often known as ‘the silent killer’, as symptoms don’t tend to reveal themselves unless you have extremely high blood pressure.
Common high blood pressure symptoms include having a pounding in your chest, finding blood in your urine, and difficulty breathing.
You should speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the warning signs of hypertension, or if you think you may be at risk.
Everyone over 40 years old should check their blood pressure at least once every five years.
You can check your blood pressure by visiting your doctors’ surgery, or by speaking to a pharmacist.