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Make olive oil one of your primary fat sources in lieu of butter or other saturated fats.

In fact, consuming olive oil every day (3 to 4 tablespoons) has been correlated with a 50 percent decrease in the need for blood pressure medications. The magic ingredient may be polyphenols, which are antioxidants that help the lining of blood vessels relax, effectively lowering blood pressure.

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