High blood pressure is a chronic condition that affects many Americans. It can lead to stroke, heart disease, and other complications if left untreated. Fortunately, there are ways to lower your blood pressure without medication, you just need the right herbs and spices.
This spice has been shown in studies to reduce both systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number) pressure by up to 10 points each when taken regularly for 8-12 weeks; it also improves insulin sensitivity.
Garlic reduces inflammation, which is one of the major contributors to high blood pressure; adding garlic cloves or garlic powder to dishes made with olive oil three times per week will help tremendously.
Ginger can be taken as tea to help control blood pressure.
This herb can be added to dishes or made into teas for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Add this spice to chicken soup, or make it into a tea by steeping one tablespoon of dried rosemary in one cup of hot water for 10 minutes.
The active ingredients in ginseng root can dilate your arteries, resulting in reduced blood pressure; it also lowers cholesterol levels linked with heart disease.
These peppers contain capsaicinoids that act as calcium channel blockers; they reduce calcium influx into muscles cells which helps lower blood pressure (and reduces the risk of heart attack).
Black pepper contains piperine, which reduces blood pressure by relaxing the muscles surrounding the arteries; it also stimulates digestion.
Grind them up and mix with apple cider vinegar for an effective remedy that is just as easy to prepare as you can get.
This herb has antioxidants that relax your blood vessels, therefore reducing blood pressure; just add dried hibiscus flowers to hot water and steep for 5-10 minutes.
A recent study found that walnuts reduced diastolic pressure in hypertensive adults, most likely due to their high levels of omega-three fatty acids.
Fish Oil Supplements:
Look for supplements containing both EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid); EPA, in particular, can drastically reduce hypertension, especially in people with diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
This is one of the most important nutrients for heart health. Ground flax seeds are a readily available source of omega-three fatty acids, but fish oil supplements are best because they also provide EPA.
Omega-6 Fatty Acids:
These are essential fatty acids that you must get from food sources. Sunflower seeds contain high amounts of omega-six fatty acids, which help to lower blood pressure by preventing autoimmune responses that lead to inflammation.
Red lettuce has been shown in studies to have the highest amounts of naturally occurring nitrates, which lead to decreased blood pressure.
Adding tomatoes and tomato-based products such as tomato sauce and salsa will help your body fight hypertension due to their high levels of lycopene; cooking tomatoes also boost the amount of lycopene you absorb.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
This condiment helps lower blood pressure by improving the function of your kidneys and reducing inflammation throughout your body.
The polyphenols in green tea reduce blood pressure; drinking three cups a day is effective for lowering high blood pressure.
Combine one teaspoon cinnamon powder with 1/4 tsp cardamom and 1 tsp ginger for a delicious tea that will lower your blood pressure.
Eating chocolate may sound like an odd way to reduce blood pressure, but dark (at least 70% cocoa) chocolate contains antioxidants that can improve the function of the endothelial cells which line blood vessels and regulate blood flow.
This juice has been shown in studies to help lower high blood pressure by relaxing your arteries; drink one glass a day for best results.
These tasty berries have been shown to effectively reduce hypertension as well as atherosclerosis.