Even though it’s typically associated with athletes and bodybuilders, whey protein can help support healthy blood pressure. β-Lactoglobulin, the most abundant protein in whey, inhibits angiotensin-I-converting enzyme (ACE), which in turn has a beneficial effect on blood pressure. The fact of the matter is that milk consumption and intake of dairy proteins are associated with reduced blood pressure.Beets are a rich source of naturally-occurring nitrates, compounds that increase the body’s production of nitric oxide, which “open up” blood vessels and increase blood flow. Multiple studies have shown that beetroot juice can lower blood pressure. That doesn’t mean you need to gulp down beet juice, but it does suggest that consuming more beets, celery, lettuce, endive, radishes, rhubarb, and turnip greens, which are packed with nitrates, is a good idea.Nuts—and we’re talking ALL nuts, including walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts—are great for pretty much everything, including promoting a healthy blood pressure.Fiber, especially viscous fiber from oats, barley, psyllium, eggplant, and okra, has been shown to lower blood pressure. The fact of the matter is that foods naturally high in fiber—which includes pretty much all fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds—support a healthy heart.While sodium gets most of the attention, potassium plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Of course, bananas are a go-to potassium source, but there are many other foods that are even better sources, including potatoes, white beans, yogurt, milk, sweet potatoes, salmon, dark green leafy veggies, and avocados to name a few.Fatty fish are synonymous with heart health, and they are the best food sources of the essential fats EPA and DHA, which tend to support healthy levels of inflammation and blood pressure. Research suggests that consuming fatty fish (like salmon, sardines, anchovies, rainbow trout, Atlantic mackerel, oysters, mussels, and herring) 3 – 4 times a week may help maintaining healthy blood pressure.Are you ready for some fun foods? How about dark chocolate and red wine, which have both been shown to promote healthy blood pressure when consumed in moderation. Look for dark chocolate that’s at least 70% cocoa, and when it comes to red wine, choose dry varieties (like Cabernet Sauvignon) and stick to one 5-ounce glass.