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Nearly one in three American adults have high blood pressure. But just because the condition is common doesn’t mean it’s not serious. High blood pressure, if left untreated, can cause blood clots in the arteries, blocking blood flow to your brain and causing a stroke. High blood pressure can also cause a stroke by narrowing the blood vessels in the brain. If your doctor tells you that you have high blood pressure, that’s not something to be ignored. While medication can certainly help, even the most potent of medication cannot combat a diet and lifestyle that is conducive to high blood pressure. You’re just throwing money away on your prescription if you’re going to continue doing the things that caused the high blood pressure in the first place. Changing your diet will be an important part of combatting high blood pressure. Here are diet changes to make to lower your blood pressure.

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The road to lower blood pressure doesn’t need to be totally void of sweet treats. This gorgeous orange fruit contains fiber and beta-carotene, both of which can help reduce blood pressure. Stick to mangoes which are of medium ripeness—overly ripe ones have the most sugar.

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