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How does dietary approaches to stop hypertension (DASH) help control high blood pressure?

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DASH is not a diet but an eating plan. It’s rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, and low-fat dairy. These foods are high in key nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, fiber, and protein – all of which help keep your blood pressure at healthy levels.

The DASH diet can lower blood pressure because it has less salt and sugar than the average American diet. DASH cuts out desserts, sweetened beverages, fats, red meat, and processed meats.

From: High Blood Pressure Diet WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Your High Blood Pressure Questions Answered -- Potassium."

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010," "Make Healthy Food Choices," "Managing Your Weight."

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Calcium."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure with DASH."

Appel, L. February 2006. Hypertension,

Fung, T. , April 14, 2008. Archives of Internal Medicine

Stamler, R. , March 20, 1987. The Journal of the American Medical Association

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on March 18, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Your High Blood Pressure Questions Answered -- Potassium."

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010," "Make Healthy Food Choices," "Managing Your Weight."

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Calcium."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure with DASH."

Appel, L. February 2006. Hypertension,

Fung, T. , April 14, 2008. Archives of Internal Medicine

Stamler, R. , March 20, 1987. The Journal of the American Medical Association

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on March 18, 2018

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