10 Foods That Lower Blood Pressure Naturally
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is unfortunately a common problem throughout the U.S. It is a very serious condition that, if untreated, can lead to heart attacks, kidney failure and strokes. A blood pressure reading is considered high if it goes over 140/90. There are many factors that can contribute to high blood pressure, including: obesity, excessive drinking, stress, birth control pills, kidney disease, adrenal disease and genetic factors.
While there are many prescription drugs that help to lower blood pressure, it can also be treated with all-natural remedies.
1. Dark Chocolate
This might seem strange on a site that is dedicated to losing weight, but dark chocolate is very effective at helping to lower blood pressure. Chocolate gets a bad rap because it is usually combined with sugar and milk for a rich, fattening snack. However, whenver you can find it where it is not drowning in sugar, feel free to indulge. The best dark chocolate to consume is chocolate that is high in flavanols, so look for cocoa that is organic and at least 80% “cocoa solids.” [Source]
2. Purple Potatoes
These will certainly get you complements at your next dinner party. Create a loaded purple potato and get more than just a delicious meal. While colorful, unique and fun, purple potatoes are loaded with antioxidants that will help to lower blood pressure. [Source]
Bananas can help to control blood pressure, when consumed on a regular basis. This is because of the high levels of potassium in the bananas that help to lessen the effects of sodium on the body. [Source]
Raw and cooked garlic can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels by relaxing the blood vessels and increasing the body’s production of nitric oxide and hydrogen sulphide. Consume one or two crushed garlic cloves per day. [Source]
5. Coconut Water
To those with high blood pressure, it is especially important to keep hydrated. It is recommended that they consume eight to ten glasses each day. Coconut water is helpful in lowering blood pressure. [Source]
Celery contains chemicals that help to control blood pressure. They relax the muscles in and around the heart and can allow the blood to flow more efficiently. Celery also helps to reduce stress hormones, which lowers blood pressure. Consume one stalk of celery with one glass of water each day. [Source]
7. Onion Juice
Onions contain antioxidants that lower blood pressure. Simply consume one medium-sized raw onion per day. Alternatively, you can mix ½ teaspoon of onion juice with ½ teaspoon of honey and consume twice per day for one to two weeks. [Source]
8. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper prevents platelets from sticking together and therefore, allows blood to flow more efficiently. Simply add cayenne pepper to fruit or vegetable salads, as well as in the dishes that you cook. A little cayenne pepper goes a long way, so just a pinch will do. [Source]
9. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds contain potassium and fiber that helps to control blood pressure. To use, boil one or two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in water for about two minutes and then strain. Place the seeds into a blender and mix into a paste. Consume the paste twice a day, once in the morning on an empty stomach and once in the evening. Use this remedy for two to three months for best results. [Source]
Honey calms the blood vessels in the body and lowers blood pressure. Simply consume two teaspoons of honey on an empty stomach each morning. Also, you can mix one teaspoon of honey with one teaspoon of ginger juice and two teaspoons of cumin seed powder. Consume this twice each day for best results.
Seek Medical Attention
Most importantly, if you suffer from high blood pressure, it is highly recommended that you consult with your doctor and follow their directives. High blood pressure should be taken seriously, as if left on treated, it can have dire consequences.
Do you or someone you know have high blood pressure? Have you added any of these all-natural remedies to your regime? Let us know in our comment section.
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