Is Chicken Liver Good for High Blood Pressure? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Chicken liver is good for high blood pressure. Because it has iron, vitamin B12, and folate and they can prevent anemia, lower homocysteine levels, and relax the blood vessels.

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

In high blood pressure, your blood exerts too much force against the walls of your arteries, making them narrow and stiff.

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-rich foods like bananas, potatoes, and spinach and avoid sodium-rich foods like processed meats, canned soups, and salty snacks.

Now, chicken liver is an organ meat that comes from the chicken.

People usually cook it by frying, baking, or making it into a paste called pate.

Chicken liver is good for high blood pressure because it contains iron, vitamin B12, and folate.

100 grams of cooked chicken liver can give you 65% of your daily iron needs, 281% of your daily vitamin B12 needs, and 144% of your daily folate needs.

Iron can help prevent anemia, which can cause low blood pressure and fatigue.

Vitamin B12 can help lower homocysteine levels, which can damage the blood vessels and increase the risk of hypertension.

Folate can also help lower homocysteine levels and support the production of nitric oxide, which can relax the blood vessels and lower blood pressure.

Furthermore, chicken liver is a lean protein and protein is good for high blood pressure.

Because, protein can help reduce appetite, promote weight loss, and lower blood pressure by improving insulin sensitivity and kidney function.

You can eat 100 grams of chicken liver per day safely.

More than that can cause vitamin A toxicity, which can cause headaches, nausea, and liver damage.

Vitamin A can also interfere with blood thinners and increase the risk of bleeding.

Also, you shouldn’t eat chicken liver if you have gout or high cholesterol to prevent worsening your condition.

Because chicken liver contains purines, which can increase uric acid levels and trigger gout attacks, and cholesterol, which can raise your blood cholesterol levels and clog your arteries.

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

Always choose chicken liver that is firm, moist, and dark red in color.

Because these are signs of freshness and quality.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to two days or in the freezer for up to four months.

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 high blood pressure-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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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