More than 25 per cent of all UK adults have high blood pressure.
The condition, which is also known as hypertension, increases the risk of some deadly complications, including heart disease and strokes.
You could lower the risk of high blood pressure symptoms by making some diet or lifestyle changes.
Taking calcium supplements could help to prevent hypertension, it’s been claimed.
The supplements help to get rid of excess sodium in the kidneys, revealed nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer.
Increasing the amount of calcium in your diet could help to regulate the dilation and contraction of blood vessels, she said.
Taking calcium supplements could lower blood pressure by 2.63/1.30mmHg, scientists have claimed.
Many treatments for high blood pressure, including calcium channel blockers, work by regulating the amount of calcium flowing in and out of cells, said Brewer.
“Calcium is one of the most effective natural remedies for high blood pressure,” said Brewer, on her website, MyLowerBloodPressure.com.
“While around 99 per cent of absorbed calcium goes straight to your bones, the other one per cent plays a vital role in regulating blood pressure, blood clotting, muscle contraction, nerve impulses and energy production.
“There is now growing recognition that low intakes of calcium are associated with high blood pressure and an increased risk of stroke.
“Poor calcium intake also increases the risk of developing high blood pressure during pregnancy – a serious condition known as pre-eclampsia.
“If you don’t have the equivalent of at least a pint of milk per day [including cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais] then calcium supplements are an excellent idea if you have high blood pressure.”
Calcium deficiency is widespread, with many people avoiding dairy products due to lactose intolerance, she added.
If calcium supplements aren’t for you, you could still increase the amount of the mineral in your diet by eating more dairy products, eggs, broccoli, nuts, or green leafy vegetables.
The recommended daily allowance for calcium is 800mg a day in the EU.
High blood pressure puts extra strain on blood vessels and vital organs.
The only way to know if you have hypertension is to get your blood pressure checked.
But, patients with extremely high blood pressure may have severe headaches, chest pain, or find blood in their urine.
Speak to a GP or pharmacist to check your blood pressure.
All adults over 40 years old should check their blood pressure at least every five years.