Hypertension Management: 5 Green Vegetables That May Help Manage Blood Pressure

Hypertension Management: 5 Green Vegetables That May Help Manage Blood Pressure�

High blood pressure or hypertension is defined as a condition where the force of blood against the artery walls is higher than it is supposed to be. High blood pressure is one of the most common ailments around the world. According to WHO, raised blood pressure affects 1.13 billion people worldwide. Monitoring diet and lifestyle habits is a crucial component of blood pressure management. Foods high in sodium, refined oil or trans-fats are not advisable to include in a high blood pressure diet as they tend to put immense pressure on blood vessels, which restricts blood flow and raise pressure.  You should instead include fruits and vegetables that are rich in fibres and antioxidants. According to experts, green and leafy vegetables are an ideal bet for high blood pressure patients. They are enriched with many vitamins and minerals that could help check surge in blood pressure levels. 


Here are 5 green vegetables that may help manage blood pressure levels:


1. Spinach:

Spinach is an excellent source of potassium. Potassium helps negate the ill-effects of sodium in the body. It also helps the kidney eliminate excess sodium from the body through urination. In addition to potassium, spinach is enriched with heart-friendly nutrients like folate and magnesium. The leafy wonder is also a good source of lutein. Lutein is instrumental in preventing thickening of walls of arteries, which helps reducing the risk of strokes and blood pressure.

(Also Read: Spinach Nutrition: Amazing Cooking Tips And Health Benefits)


2. Celery:

This negative-calorie food is an excellent addition you can make to your high blood pressure diet. According to the book, ‘Healing Foods’ by DK publishing House, “Celery is a good source of coumarin, which helps lower blood pressure  and aid water balance, and phthalides , anti-coagulants that reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke and lower stress-hormone levels.”

3. Cabbage:

You can add them to stews, have them stir-fried or blend them in juices; cabbage is a one versatile veggie that should find a place in your diet for a variety of reasons, one of them being its ability to keep a check on blood pressure. Hundred grams of cabbage has about 170 grams of potassium. Before cooking, make sure you have washed the cabbage well. There could be many pests and bacteria hidden within the leaves.


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Nutrition Programmes, Education May Help Lower Anaemia In India

Nutrition Programmes, Education May Help Lower Anaemia In India

According to a study published in the BMJ Global Health Journal, improved public health and nutrition programmes for children under five years of age, and higher education and wealth among expectant mothers substantially contributed to lowering anaemia among these two groups between the years 2006 and 2016. As per the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Anaemia reduction among teenage girls and women under 50 years of age, however, showed minimal progress. More than half of the population of women and children in India is anaemic and is, therefore, currently experiencing reduced quality of life in various respects, which includes work capacity, fatigue, cognitive function, birth outcomes and child development.

According to the researchers, in addition to describing the problem, showing slow improvements, and showing high variability between different states, their paper identifies drivers of anaemia from a broad set of potential drivers at various levels. Among various drivers, positive changes in mothers’ education, coverage of nutrition and health interventions, socioeconomic status, sanitation and meat and fish consumption contributed to improvement in the haemoglobin count – low haemoglobin count indicates anaemia – among both children and pregnant women during 2006-16.

Better education alone accounted for nearly one-fourth of the improvement seen in the haemoglobin count among expectant mothers, and one-tenth in children. The researchers said that further improvements in these common drivers can substantially impact maternal and child anaemia, simultaneously bringing down anaemia prevalence across the country in these two groups.

Haemoglobin and anaemia improved significantly among children less than five years; and pregnant women 15-49 years old, but not in the non-pregnant women in the same age group between 2006 and 2016. Anaemia declined by 11 percentage points among children (70 per cent in 2006 to 59 per cent in 2016), 7.6 percentage points among expectant mothers (58 per cent to 50.4 per cent), and a mere 2.1 percentage points in teenage girls and women under 50 (55 per cent to 52.9 per cent).

The researchers claimed that no progress has been made in reducing anaemia among non-pregnant adult women in India in the last decade. Most programmes have not focused on this group but, instead, have focused on pregnant women and young children.

India’s recently launched Anaemia Mukt Bharat initiative puts the focus on women of reproductive age (20-49 years), who will start receiving weekly iron-folic acid supplementation, which supports the finding on the need to attend to this population segment. In addition, the Centre has mandated the fortification of salt with iodine and iron, and wheat flour with iron, folic acid and Vitamin B-12.


Digital is where the money is: YouTube doubles ad rates for India; Facebook, Twitter may follow suit

Alphabet’s YouTube is going to double the rate of its high-impact fixed homepage advertisement to Rs 1.4 crore from Rs 70 lakh a day at present, The Economic Times reported.

The move comes as the social media platform’s monthly active users (MAUs) reported a significant jump. “YouTube is now reaching 120 million users a day with over 1 billion impressions. Few media vehicles can deliver such reach in a day,” Amardeep Singh, CEO at Interactive Avenues, the digital agency owned by IPG Mediabrands told the paper.

As per the industry consensus, YouTube reaches 250 million MAUs, Facebook has 220 million, Instagram touches around 68 million, while Twitter’s MAUs have gone up to 30.4 million.

Facebook and Twitter have also been hiking advertising rates, the report said.

“If you take FB, the news feed ads now costs over 100 percent compared over last year,” Vivek Bhargava, Chief Executive Officer at DAN Performance Group told the paper, adding that these platforms have de-cluttered the news feed and timelines so it made sense for them to push up rates.

Facebook, however, has denied any rise in advertising cost on the platform and stated that the social network’s pricing is ‘transparent’ to every ad buyer.

“Our ad demand continues to go up because we are getting more and more advertisers on board as we expand the business. At the same time inventory is also going up as we see more and more users on the platform,” a Facebook spokesperson told the paper.

Experts told the paper that the trend of digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, raising rates between 20-30 percent annually will continue in 2019, too, as time spent by users and engagement levels increase.

Read: Digital advertising to cross Rs 255 billion mark in 2020

In 2018, around 28 percent of the total digital advertising expenditure in India was on social media, according to another Dentsu Aegis report on digital advertising in India.

Source: Statista.

As of now, a basic digital media campaign reaching 1 billion impressions –the total number of views — costs around Rs 3 crore according to a rough industry estimate.

The advertising industry is currently estimated to be Rs 55,960 crore and expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32 percent to reach Rs 18,986 crore by 2020, according to the Dentsu Aegis Network-e4m Digital Report.

The digital advertising industry across the country has been growing rapidly. It had a market size of around Rs 11,630 crore in FY18, up from about Rs 4700 crores in FY15, according to a KPMG report.

Source: Statista.

Industry leaders told the paper that the players are bound to jack up prices since digital is becoming an important part of the media, given the rate of digital penetration and adoption.

According to the Dentsu Aegis report, digital is expected to be the fastest growing medium of the advertising industry and may account for 24 percent of the overall industry pie by 2020.

“Digital media spends currently contribute to 15 percent of the total advertising industry and are expected to reach 24 percent of the entire market by 2020,” the report said.