Food Remedies for lowering High Blood Pressure

How can High Blood Pressure be Managed? 

High blood pressure also known as hypertension is a serious health problem that can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. There are natural ways of treating the condition. Read on to find out more about if you have high blood pressure how you can also help control it with simple natural home remedies.


Garlic

Both raw and cooked garlic helps to control high blood pressure. Garlic also helps to relax blood vessels by stimulating the production of nitric oxide and hydrogen sulphide. Garlic has blood thinning properties which helps to improve cardiac health. Garlic also helps to force out excess sodium and water from the body, and into the urine. This effect takes pressure off an overworked heart and helps to decrease blood pressure.

• If you cannot handle eating the entire clove raw, hold a slice of garlic in your mouth and try sucking on the juices for 15 minutes.

• You can also finely mince 1-2 cloves of garlic, mix it into a glass of water, and drink it.

• Another method is to take the finely minced pieces, put it on a piece of fruit, and cover it with honey.

• Include this in your daily diet

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Celery

The high level of the phytochemical 3-N-butylphthalide present in celery greatly helps control high blood pressure. Phthalides help relax the muscles in and around arterial walls, thereby creating more space and allowing the blood to flow in without difficulty. At the same time, it can help reduce the stress hormones that constrict blood vessels, which contributes to high blood pressure.

• Try to eat one stalk of celery along with a glass of water daily.

• If you prefer, you can munch on celery throughout the day.

• You can also mix celery seeds into your tea, your cooking or drink fresh celery juice three times a day.

• Include this in your daily diet

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Carrots

Carrots contain high levels of antioxidants beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin C. They help to protect the body against damage to blood vessels and cellular health. Carrots are also high in electrolyte, potassium. Potassium is great at keeping the fluid within the body balanced and normalising blood pressure.

• Drink 1-3 glasses of carrot juice per day

• Include carrots as part of your daily diet

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Beetroot and Radish

These are both high in nitrates, which helps to lower blood pressure by improving vasodilation. Nitrates change into vasodilator nitric oxide after being ingested. Nitric acid dilates blood vessels, regulates blood pressure, decreases endothelial inflammation and platelet aggregation.

• Juice made out of beetroot and radish is the best form of vegetables in lowering high blood pressure.

• Drink a glass of blended beetroots and radishes daily.

• Also add fresh beetroots and radishes to any dish.

• Include this in your daily diet

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Lemons

Lemons help keep blood vessels soft and pliable and by removing any rigidity, high blood pressure will be reduced. In addition, you can help lower your chance of heart failure by consuming lemon juice regularly, due to its vitamin C content. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals.

• Pour a glass of warm water and squeeze half a lemon into the glass of warm water.

• Drink the glass with the mixture of ½ lemon and warm water.

• Do this every morning on an empty stomach.

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Watermelon Seeds

Watermelon seeds contain a compound called cucurbocitrin, which helps widen the blood capillaries. At the same time, it also helps improve kidney functioning. This in turn reduces blood pressure levels.

• Grind equal quantities of dried watermelon seeds and poppy seeds.

• Take one teaspoon of this mixture in the morning on an empty stomach and again in the evening.

• Alternatively, add two teaspoons of gently crushed, dried watermelon seeds to one cup of boiled water.

• Steep it for about an hour, and then strain it.

• Take four tablespoons of this water at regular intervals throughout the day.

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Bananas

Bananas are one fruit that people with high blood pressure can eat regularly to control it. Bananas are a rich source of potassium, which lessens the effect of sodium.

• Try to eat one or two bananas daily.

• Along with bananas, you can try dried apricots, raisins, currants, orange juice, spinach, zucchini, baked sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and winter squash.

• It is also important to include bananas as part of your daily diet

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Honey

Honey can reduce pressure from the heart and it also has a calming effect on the blood vessels; hence it can be helpful in reducing high blood pressure.

• Eat two teaspoons of honey on an empty stomach each morning

• You can also mix one teaspoon of honey and ginger juice.

• Consume this twice a day.

• It is also good to include honey in your diet and any other honey related foods.

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