Is Canned Tuna Fish Good for High Blood Pressure? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Canned tuna fish is good for high blood pressure. Because it has omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and selenium, and they can lower inflammation, support the heart and kidneys, and protect the cells from oxidative stress.

High blood pressure is a condition that affects your arteries, which are the vessels that carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body.

In high blood pressure, your body has a higher than normal force of blood pushing against the artery walls.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, and vision loss.

One of the key factors in managing high blood pressure is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood pressure levels, which can impact your high blood pressure symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage high blood pressure, you should consume potassium, calcium, and magnesium rich foods like bananas, yogurt, and leafy greens, and avoid sodium, saturated fat, and sugar rich foods like processed meats, cheese, and baked goods.

Now, canned tuna fish is a type of seafood that is preserved in a can.

People usually eat it as a sandwich filling, a salad ingredient, or a snack.

Canned tuna fish is good for high blood pressure because it contains omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and selenium.

Omega-3 fatty acids can help lower inflammation and blood pressure, protein can help maintain muscle mass and metabolism, and selenium can help protect the cells from oxidative stress.

One can (165 grams) of canned tuna fish can give you 42 grams of protein (84% of your daily needs), 1.4 grams of fat (2% of your daily needs), and 133 micrograms of selenium (242% of your daily needs).

Omega-3 fatty acids can positively affect high blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels and reducing the production of hormones that constrict them.

Protein can positively affect high blood pressure by supporting the function of the heart and kidneys.

Selenium can positively affect high blood pressure by preventing damage to the artery walls and improving blood flow.

Furthermore, canned tuna fish is a low sodium food and low sodium foods are good for high blood pressure.

Because, sodium can increase the fluid retention and blood volume, which can raise the blood pressure.

You can eat one to two cans of canned tuna fish per week safely.

More than that can cause mercury poisoning, which can damage the nervous system and the kidneys.

Also, you shouldn’t eat canned tuna fish if you have a fish allergy to prevent anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction.

Because, canned tuna fish may contain traces of other fish that can trigger your allergy.

You can buy canned tuna fish in your local market or can order it online.

Always choose canned tuna fish that is packed in water, not oil, to reduce the calories and fat.

Because, oil can add unnecessary fat and calories that can worsen your high blood pressure.

You can store canned tuna fish in a cool and dry place for up to five years.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing high blood pressure effectively.

I always recommend my high blood pressure patients to follow a DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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