According to the American Heart Association, more than 100 million people across the country are dealing with high blood pressure. Those numbers are only increasing, as are the health risks that come with high blood pressure. (1, 2) Hopefully, this delicious cucumber garlic salad can help keep cholesterol down while tasting great!
How Can You Help Manage High Blood Pressure?
Naturally, your diet has a profound influence on your health. There are foods you can be sure to include in your diet that may help keep your blood pressure in check. Two of these foods are cucumbers and garlic.
Cucumber is a very hydrating, nutrient-filled fruit that can help with high blood pressure. It can do this primarily because of its potassium and fiber content. Potassium can help balance the sodium count in your blood, helping prevent atherosclerosis (build-up of plaque in blood vessels). Fiber can help regulate blood pressure and reduce cholesterol. (4, 5).
Garlic has shown strong evidence of its ability to help manage high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and a number of other health conditions. This medicinal ability is mainly attributed to the compound allicin that’s found in garlic. (6, 7)
If you are looking for ways to help manage high blood pressure, or even just looking for some new healthy powerhouse recipes to try, then this one’s for you! This cucumber garlic salad not only features these two awesome foods, but it is also delicious and extremely simple to make. Give it a try!
Cucumber Garlic Salad
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 cucumber
- A few spoonfuls of water
- ½ -1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Peel the garlic and crush it with the side of your knife, then set aside.
- Wash the cucumber and cut it into small pieces. Add it to a large glass bowl.
- Mince the garlic and add to the mixture.
- Add the vinegar and water and adjust if necessary.
- Garnish with mint leaves, serve, and enjoy!
Again, if you or someone you know is dealing with high blood pressure, be sure to work with a doctor. But we hope that this recipe can help add a little flavorful enjoyment to your day to day management of your personal health.