A study in rats revealed that those eating lentils had greater reductions in blood pressure levels compared to those given either peas, chickpeas or beans.
Furthermore, research shows that proteins in lentils may be able to block the substance angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE), which normally triggers blood vessel constriction and thereby increases your blood pressure .
Other ways to reduce your risk of high blood pressure
Eating a healthy balanced diet also helps to maintain a healthy weight, another key measure in controlling blood pressure.
As the NHS explains, being overweight forces your heart to work harder to pump blood around your body, which can raise your blood pressure.