Is Chicken Good for Low Blood Pressure? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Chicken is good for low blood pressure. Because it has sodium, potassium, and protein and they can increase your blood volume, balance your sodium levels, relax your blood vessels, repair your blood vessels, and maintain your muscle mass.

Low blood pressure is a condition that affects your blood vessels and heart.

In low blood pressure, your body does not pump enough blood to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your organs.

This can lead to various health problems, such as dizziness, fainting, shock, and organ damage.

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

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

To effectively manage low blood pressure, you should consume sodium-rich foods like salt, cheese, and olives and fluid-rich foods like water, juice, and soup.

These foods can help increase your blood volume and prevent dehydration.

You should avoid alcohol-rich foods like wine, beer, and liquor and high-carbohydrate foods like potatoes, rice, and bread.

These foods can lower your blood pressure further by dilating your blood vessels or triggering postprandial hypotension.

Now, chicken is a type of poultry meat that comes from domesticated birds.

People usually eat chicken as a source of protein, either cooked or processed into various dishes.

Chicken is good for low blood pressure because it contains sodium, potassium, and protein.

These nutrients can help regulate your blood pressure and support your heart and muscle function.

100 grams of chicken can give you 65 mg of sodium (3% of your daily needs), 255 mg of potassium (7% of your daily needs), and 23.1 grams of protein (46% of your daily needs).

Sodium can increase your blood volume and blood pressure by retaining water in your body.

Potassium can balance your sodium levels and relax your blood vessels.

Protein can help repair your blood vessels and maintain your muscle mass.

Furthermore, chicken is a lean meat and lean meat is good for low blood pressure.

Because, lean meat has less fat and cholesterol than fatty meat, which can clog your arteries and raise your blood pressure.

You can eat 150 to 200 grams of chicken per day safely.

More than that can cause excess sodium intake, which can harm your kidneys and increase your risk of stroke and heart failure.

Also, you shouldn’t eat chicken if you have an allergy to poultry or eggs to prevent anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can lower your blood pressure dangerously.

Because, chicken contains proteins that can trigger your immune system to release histamine, a chemical that causes blood vessels to widen and blood pressure to drop.

You can buy fresh chicken in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose chicken that is firm, moist, and pink.

Because, chicken that is slimy, dry, or gray may be spoiled or contaminated with bacteria that can cause food poisoning.

You can store chicken in the refrigerator for up to two days or in the freezer for up to nine months.

Make sure to wrap it well and keep it away from other foods to prevent cross-contamination.

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

I always recommend my low blood pressure patients to follow a low blood pressure-friendly 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 nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

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

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