Is Oxtail Good for High Blood Pressure? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Oxtail is bad for high blood pressure. Because it has sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol and they can increase fluid retention, raise cholesterol levels, and damage arteries.

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 blood pushes against the walls of your arteries with too much force.

This can damage your arteries and make them less flexible and more narrow.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, 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, sugar, and saturated fat rich foods like processed meats, baked goods, and cheese.

Now, oxtail is the meat from the tail of a cow or ox.

People usually cook it slowly in soups, stews, or braises.

Oxtail is bad for high blood pressure because it contains a lot of sodium and saturated fat.

Sodium can increase your blood pressure by making your body retain more fluid and putting more strain on your arteries.

Saturated fat can raise your cholesterol levels and clog your arteries, which can also increase your blood pressure.

One cup (240 grams) of cooked oxtail can give you 1,032 mg of sodium (45% of your daily needs), 16.7 grams of saturated fat (84% of your daily needs), and 221 mg of cholesterol (74% of your daily needs).

Sodium can negatively affect high blood pressure by increasing fluid retention and arterial pressure.

Saturated fat can negatively affect high blood pressure by raising cholesterol levels and narrowing arteries.

Cholesterol can negatively affect high blood pressure by forming plaques in the arteries and reducing blood flow.

Furthermore, oxtail is a red meat and red meat is bad for high blood pressure.

Because, red meat is high in heme iron, which can increase oxidative stress and inflammation in the body, which can worsen high blood pressure.

That’s why I suggest you limit your oxtail intake to avoid high blood pressure and its complications.

Stick to no more than one serving of oxtail per week, which is about 3 ounces (85 grams) of cooked meat.

More than that can cause sodium overload, cholesterol buildup, and arterial damage.

Also, you shouldn’t eat oxtail if you have kidney disease or gout to prevent kidney stones and gout attacks.

Because, oxtail is high in purines, which are substances that break down into uric acid in the body.

Uric acid can form crystals in the kidneys and joints, which can cause pain and inflammation.

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

Always choose oxtail that is firm, moist, and bright red.

Because, these are signs of freshness and quality.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 4 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 DASH 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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