Harvard Heart Letter

Better diet? No pressure.

A variety of eating strategies can help you lower your blood pressure.

What you eat affects your cholesterol. No surprise there. But here's something you may not be aware of: What you eat can also affect your blood pressure.

Parts of your diet may boost your blood pressure. Recommendations from the American Heart Association (AHA) lay out a menu for eating your way to lower blood pressure. They also identify three diets — none of which have made the New York Times bestseller list — that are good for blood pressure, the heart, the brain, and the whole body.

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