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
tree trunk
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Tyrosine

Tyrosine is an amino acid that is present in our bodies and in lots of foods, such as soy products, poultry, nuts, milk and some seeds. People take tyrosine supplements for all sorts of reasons — to help them sleep, to improve attention, or to treat depression — although the evidence is mixed on its effectiveness. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, if you take a type of anti-depressant called an MAOI, you should avoid tyrosine supplements and limit your intake of foods high in tyrosine because the combination may cause a dangerous spike in blood pressure, possible resulting in a heart attack or stroke.