Lower your Blood Pressure
Good food, good herbs and a little advice from someone who cares.
- with a little help from
- foods that help or hurt
- other factors
- my two cents
Power walk....A brisk 30 minute walk each day can lower your systolic (top number) blood pressure by almost 8 points, and the lower number by more than 6 points.
Tea.....drink 3 or more cups of Hibiscus tea daily and lower your systolic BP by 7 points in 6 weeks....which is par with most BP medicines. (Wow, I bet they are in trouble for letting that fact slip)
"Nip it in the Bud" (Was their caption). It said "Light" drinking (for women ) is 1/4 to 1/2 of a beverage may (So they aren't really saying it will) may reduce BP more than not drinking. (Am wondering if it was paid for by "bud light"
Dark chocolate......The flavanols in dark chocolate make your veins more elastic. Eat 1/2 ounce daily making sure it is at least 70% cocoa.
Yoga and Tai Chi exercises or slow meditative breathing lower stress hormone levels. These will raise your BP.
Quit salt or at least cut back on salt and salty foods.
Add potassium. This mineral blunts the effects of sodium, helping to control your BP. Eat bananas, cantaloupe, Honey dew melon, Kidney beans, Mushrooms, oj, peas, prunes, raisins, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and fat free or 1% milk
Soy....add soy products as well as low fat diary to combat Hypertension, or pre-hypertension, as it brings down the systolic BP.
DON'T EAT: Salty foods, processed foods, packaged meats (hot dogs, sausage, salami, cold cuts, bologna, and canned meat.) Fat in diary is said to raise blood pressure. And don't forget caffeine.
Turmeric - a powerful East-Indian herb used in curry dishes, turmeric extract contains curcumin which is a strong anti-inflammatory. Curcumin helps lower cholesterol and prevents clot formation. Its antioxidant ability improves blood flow and strengthens blood vessels. Turmeric also aids in liver metabolism.
Ginkgo Biloba - from the large tree indigenous to the mountains of China, gingko biloba improves blood circulation and dilates arteries, reducing blood pressure. Gingko also aids in improving memory and mental alertness due to increased blood flow to the brain.
Hawthorn Berry - Also known as the mayflower, hawthorn opens the coronary arteries and improves blood flow. Hawthorn berry for hypertension reduces artery hardening and strengthens heart muscle making it more effective in delivering blood to the body.
Maitake - from the Chinese mushroom, maitake extract acts to decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Maitake also lowers blood cholesterol levels.
Ginger Root - commonly used in Asian cooking, ginger acts to improve blood circulation and relaxes muscles surrounding blood vessels. Ginger is also a powerful digestive herb that helps alleviate uneasiness and nausea.
Olive Leaf- from the olive tree native to the Mediterranean region, olive leaf extract helps in lowering blood pressure and combats arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat.
Other Important Nutrients For Your Heart
Co enzyme Q10 - a vitamin-like substance found naturally in the body, co enzyme Q10 is an essential nutrient for the well-being and proper functioning of the heart.
Calcium & Magnesium - both of these minerals have been shown to help reduce blood pressure.
Vitamin E - studies show Vitamin E may help reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
Vitamin C - used in conjunction with Vitamin E it may slow the progression of atherosclerosis.
Vitamin B6, B12 & Folic Acid - when combined together there is evidence to suggest that these nutrients lower the risk of heart attack.