10 Natural Remedies Proven to Lower Blood Pressure…
Written by Eli Ben-yehudaOn June 5, 2019
Being diagnosed with high blood pressure can be alarming. But don’t worry there is hope and there are ways to lower those numbers. When I was first diagnosed with high blood pressure my numbers were critical. I hovered around 190/110 most days. Suffering from extreme headaches and chest pain finally got my attention. High blood pressure is called the silent killer because usually there are no symptoms. So what did I do to help myself?
There are always ways that we can help ourselves such as natural remedies or home remedies. The first thing I did was to change my lifestyle. From the foods, I ate the beverages I drank I had to do a 180-degree turn about or die at a young age. I also began to study high blood pressure and natural remedies to help lower my numbers and many I have put into practice.
One of the things I really like about home remedies or natural remedies are the fact there are no dangerous side effects. Whether it is beetroot juice, celery juice or pomegranate juice, not only do this potent elixirs help lower your blood pressure, this also help clean the blood and give the body a real shot of nutrition too.
So let’s take a look at the various remedies you can try to help lower your high blood pressure.
Natural Remedies For High Blood Pressure:
Drink Herbal Tea:
Lowering high blood pressure is as easy as one, two, tea: Study participants who sipped three cups of a hibiscus tea daily lowered systolic blood pressure by 7 points in 6 weeks on average, say researchers from Tufts University—results on par with many prescription medications. Those who received a placebo drink improved their reading by only 1 point. The phytochemicals in hibiscus are probably responsible for the large reduction in high blood pressure, say the study authors. Many herbal teas contain hibiscus; look for blends that list it near the top of the chart of ingredients for low blood pressure—this often indicates a higher concentration per serving.
Eat Watermelon In The Morning:
Every morning, be faithful to watermelon. Often times watermelon as viewed as a strict summer fruit, one for seed spitting contests and barbecues, but it can also help lower blood pressure. Why does it help lower blood pressure? Watermelon contains an organic compound called citrulline. Once it enters the body it is converted to L-arginine, the precursor to nitric oxide. Nitric-oxide in the body relaxes the blood vessels causing your blood pressure to decrease. A great natural remedy to enjoy.
CoQ10 is a naturally occurring enzyme. It contains antioxidants that are good for maintaining cardiac health. CoQ10 has been shown to decrease blood pressure and reduces the thickening of the heart muscle (hypertrophy). There are no known side effects of CoQ10 since it naturally occurs in the body. According to the Mayo Clinic, for the treatment of hypertension, take 60-360 milligrams daily for 8-12 weeks.
According to a study published in “The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology” vitamin-d, the sunshine vitamin, was proven to reduce blood pressure. But because people are spending less time outdoors people are becoming vitamin-d deficient. Studies have shown that there is a link between vitamin D and hypertension. People who have higher vitamin D intake tend to have lower blood pressure. Also, vitamin D may help in reducing the activity of the system that controls your blood pressure. This system is called the renin-angiotensin system. When this system is overactive, blood pressure can increase.
Celery Seed Extract:
To treat high blood pressure, doctors usually prescribe diuretics (water pills) to reduce the fluid volume; and vasodilators to relax the arteries to reduce the resistance of blood flow, or beta-blockers to turn down the pumping action of the heart. 3nB appears to help lower blood pressure by acting both as a diuretic and vasodilator, as well as working in a manner similar to drugs known as calcium-channel blockers. 3nB has also been shown in animal and test-tube studies to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the formation of arterial plaque. This effect may increase the elasticity of the blood vessels and thus lead to lower blood pressure readings. In addition, 3nB appears to have some effect on areas and systems of the brain that control vascular resistance.
Though it is rather new to us here, Arjuna bark (Terminalia arjuna) is famous in Ayurvedic medicine, where the thick, red bark is the most widely used herbal cardiac medicine. Modern clinicians in the United States are using Arjuna for coronary artery disease, heart failure, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Several Indian studies over the last few years have shown that Arjuna, in animals and in humans, reduces total cholesterol and increases HDL (“good” cholesterol). One study showed that this herb was as effective an antioxidant like vitamin E and that it reduced cholesterol in the human subjects quite substantially. Considering its benefit for cholesterol, it is not surprising that it lowers blood pressure; many cases of high blood pressure in the United States are caused by cholesterol accumulation in the arteries.
A 2013 study published in “Hypertension” concluded that flaxseed lowers blood pressure in hypertensive patients. More than 100 patients diagnosed with peripheral artery disease, a condition associated with high blood pressure, were assigned to a flaxseed group or a placebo group. The former ate 30 grams of flaxseed every day for 6 months. At the conclusion of the study, those in the flaxseed group had a lower blood pressure than those in the placebo group. I started adding flaxseed on top of my salad instead of croutons. It gives it a tasty crunch without the added calories and salt.
More good news for chocolate lovers: A new Harvard study finds that eating a small square of dark chocolate daily can help lower blood pressure for people with hypertension. The study joins the growing research into the heart-healthy benefits of flavonoids, compounds in unsweetened chocolate that cause dilation of the blood vessels.
A study from Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association found for the first time that replacing some of the refined carbohydrates in your diet to achieve low blood pressure with foods high in soy or milk protein, such as low-fat dairy, can bring down systolic blood pressure if you have hypertension or prehypertension.
This list is a small list compared to the remedies available. These are a few I have tried and that have worked for me. At the beginning of the article, I told you the numbers I had during my hypertensive crisis. Today thanks to lifestyle changes, herbal remedies, and plain old common sense my numbers average 120/60. I completely shocked my cardiologist and primary care physician. So if you find yourself struggling to keep the numbers down, don’t give up hope. Find a way that is right for you and just do it.
If you have tried home remedies that have worked for you, please share with me at [email protected]. Till next week have a great weekend, and remember good health is a heartbeat away.
Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda
With a passion for health advocacy Eli researches and writes many articles concerning improving the lives of people diagnosed with high blood pressure and the complication they experience. He believes educating people is the best way to improve their overall health.
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