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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burger and fries
red wine
sugar
coffee
bologna sandwich
frozen pizza
black licorice
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soy products
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Yohimbe

The bark of the African Yohimbe tree contains a chemical called yohimbine, which is used in prescription medications to treat erectile dysfunction. Some people claim yohimbe supplements can treat everything from weight problems to depression, but experts say there isn’t enough evidence to warrant using them for those purposes. If you have high blood pressure you should not use yohimbe, as even small amounts can increase blood pressure, according to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Also, if you are taking blood pressure medication, yohimbe might reduce its effectiveness. Always discuss the use of supplements and their possible side effects with your doctor.