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Can the lowly legume’s rep rise any higher? Yes: eating one cup of legumes each day for three months can reduce your blood pressure, heart rate and overall cardiovascular disease risk, according to a study of people with diabetes published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The high amounts of potassium and magnesium found in legumes may play a role in regulating blood pressure naturally. Enliven your legumes: try this beer-glazed black beans recipe in The Carnivore’s Guide To Vegetables. You can also Swim Your Way To Lower Blood Pressure, found a study in the online American Journal of Cardiology.