8 Surprising Foods and Supplements That Can Raise Your Blood Pressure

For better BP, eat your fruits and veggies — and watch out for these culprits
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Caffeinated coffee

Caffeine’s impact on your blood pressure may depend on how much you consume and how often you consume it — and also whether your body is sensitive to it. Caffeine can raise blood pressure by as much as 10 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury) in people who rarely consume it, but habitual coffee drinkers are probably not affected very much, according to the Mayo Clinic.

You can check your sensitivity to caffeine by checking your blood pressure within 30 minutes of drinking a caffeinated beverage. If your blood pressure increases by 5 to 10 mm Hg, you may be sensitive to caffeine, and you may want to limit consumption, according to the Mayo Clinic. Talk to your doctor about it.