Asparagus for high blood pressureBrent Hofacker/Shutterstock
Asparagus contains the natural diuretic asparagine, which helps your body get rid of excess fluid and salt. This is helpful for people with edema caused by high blood pressure. Plus, the B vitamins in asparagus can help fight cognitive decline and depression. If you have gout, though, keep your consumption to a minimum: Asparagus contains purines, which can precipitate painful attacks. These healthy foods are way more nutritious than you realized.
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A chemical in tea, L-theanine, expands gamma delta T cells (immune blood cells that form the body’s first line of defense against all types of infections) by up to fiftyfold. Tea can, however, cut iron absorption by more than 80 percent when it is sipped with an iron-rich meal. Drinking your tea between meals or adding lemon minimizes that effect.