(NaturalHealth365) If your primary care physician tells you, ‘take this drug – it’s the only way to lower blood pressure’ – don’t believe it. The truth is you can lower blood pressure naturally – without resorting to pharmaceutical-derived chemicals. In fact, you should also know, even over-the-counter medications can be loaded with unwanted side effects.
For example, did you know that the long term use of NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, have been proven to cause heart attacks, digestive issues and internal bleeding? Don’t believe me? Just take a good look at the warning label on most hypertensive drugs – it’s pretty scary.
Obviously, looking for safer, natural ways to lower your blood pressure is a wise choice. Let’s take a look at five ways that you can lower your blood pressure without the risks associated with dangerous chemicals.
Eat potassium rich foods
Eating foods that are rich in potassium, such as sweet potatoes, dried fruit and, of course, the superstar of the potassium world, bananas, are all nice ways to boost your potassium levels.
In 2011, Current Hypertension Reports reported that, “Dietary potassium intake has been demonstrated to significantly lower blood pressure (BP) in a dose-responsive manner in both hypertensive and non-hypertensive patients in observational studies, clinical trials, and several meta-analyses.”
Pomegranate juice is great for your cardiovascular system
Organic pomegranate juice is highly recommended for reducing blood pressure, according to researchers at the Rappaport Family Institute for Research in the Medical Sciences in Israel. Pomegranates can inhibit ACE, or the angiotensin converting enzyme. ACE can lead to high blood pressure – as it constricts vessels. According to the study, drinking pomegranate will also reduce oxidative stress.
Don’t forget about the time-tested Hawthorn berry
While not widely known about in the states, Hawthorn berry is an herbal remedy that is widely used in Europe to treat heart disease and strengthen the heart. It has been used to treat everything from high blood pressure to angina, and cardiac arrhythmia.
Hawthorn is considered to be a very safe treatment and it’s even ok for those who are taking blood pressure medication. Just keep in mind, it may take 4 – 8 weeks before you notice an improvement.
Walnuts are rich in omega-3s and good for the heart
A study from Pennsylvania State University has revealed that those who respond physically to stress in an exaggerated manner are more likely to get heart disease. But walnuts can have a profound impact on this blood pressure response. Those who eat walnuts tend to respond to stress in a healthier manner and maintain a lower blood pressure.
Of course, that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to health benefits from walnuts. They are also a great source of antioxidants and fiber.
Chili peppers help reduce inflammation
The capsaicin in chili peppers reduces inflammation, and, as a result, it can assist the body in a variety of ways. Capsaicin can also help to reduce excess cholesterol that has accumulated in the body.
It also blocks the gene that constricts the arteries and limits blood flow to the heart and organs.
Bonus tip – eliminate your use of processed salt
Far too many consume this de-mineralized, overly-processed version of the “real thing” – which would be sea salt. In addition, processed salt is abundant in a wide range of heavily-processed foods like, bread, cookies, crackers, pretzels, frozen foods, the list goes on and on.
It almost goes without saying that by reducing the amount of processed salt you eat – you will keep your cardiovascular system healthy and strong.
A healthier choice of salt would be Himalayan sea salt and don’t forget to eat a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables for a good blood pressure reading – every day.
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