The heart is a muscle that pumps blood around the body. It pumps blood with low oxygen levels toward the lungs, which replenish oxygen supplies. The heart then pumps oxygen-rich blood around the body to supply the muscles and cells. This pumping action creates pressure. If a person has high blood pressure, it means that the walls of the arteries are constantly under too much force. The exact causes of high blood pressure are not known, but several things may play a role, including: smoking , being overweight or obese, lack of physical activity, too much salt in the diet, too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day), stress, older age, genetics, family history of high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease, adrenal and thyroid disorders, sleep apnea. So, if you want to reduce your blood pressure, you have to stop bad habits and start balanced diet.  Eating a diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products and skimps on saturated fat and cholesterol can lower your blood pressure by up to 11 mm Hg if you have high blood pressure. You can add avocados in your diet.

Avocados have high contents of potassium, which aids in relaxing the blood vessel walls, thereby minimizing blood pressure. The monounsaturated fats present in avocados can minimize blood pressure in the long and short-term. The high content of fiber of the fruit could also lead to the prevention of hypertension, particularly in populations that consume fiber below the levels that are recommended. An antioxidant treasure trove, Avocados are loaded in vitamin A, K, B & E and fibre too. The study, which was based on a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), found that avocado eaters had a lower average weight (7.5 pounds less), smaller waistline (1.6 inches less), and lower BMI than non-consumers. Eating avocados with salads or salsa greatly increase the bioavailability of carotenoids – another health-promoting property of the fruit. Moreover, avocados are one of the few foods that contain significant levels of both vitamins C and E – antioxidant vitamins that have been linked to blood pressure control in previous studies. More comprehensive avocado clinical research is underway to significantly expand the scientific understanding of avocados in cardiovascular health, weight management, blood glucose control and healthy living.