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“Your blood pressure is way off the charts“. These words can scream hell to you!
But you don’t have to freak out…
Because you can naturally stop the Trojan Horse dead in its tracks…in time before inflicting the insidious damage it knows just too well how to!
You see, high blood pressure has become more common than the common cold…
And if left unchecked can potentially lead to serious health problems.
But as it turns out, being proactive in managing your health is the key to lasting well-being, including warding off high blood pressure…
And there are natural ways medically proven to keep hypertension at bay.
Hypertension means your blood vessel walls have lost their elasticity and ability to easily expand. This stiffness can be due to inflammation and calcification in the vessels, rendering them very narrow.
The narrow passage in your blood vessels means that your heart is using a lot of force to pump blood throughout your body…
Putting you at a much higher risk of strokes, heart attacks, heart disease, and aneurysm–the bulging of a spot in the blood vessels.
An aneurysm is extremely dangerous because it can rupture, causing a hemorrhagic stroke due to internal bleeding.
The Role of Diet in Reversing High Blood Pressure
As is the case with most chronic diseases, diet plays a vital role in determining whether or not you become hypertensive. In fact, what you eat and drink or not, plays a far bigger role than even genetics.
Diets high in sugar, vegetable seed oils, processed foods and alcohol can contribute to high blood pressure.
However, there are certain foods high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can help keep your blood pressure in the optimal range.
Colorful fruits, veggies, seeds, and nuts contain an abundance of magnesium and potassium…
And magnesium is vital to over 300 bodily functions, including relaxing blood vessel walls.
Numerous studies have shown a physiological correlation between magnesium levels and high blood pressure.
Both potassium and magnesium are essential blood electrolytes that help maintain the appropriate and balanced levels of fluid in the body cells…
And they should always be considered as a supplement for anyone with elevated blood pressure.
Potassium is readily available in most of all fruits and vegetables. So, eating an assortment of colorful fruits and vegetables should supply most of your potassium needs.
Even better, adding greens to your morning smoothie or consuming a colorful salad from a variety of vegetables everyday will go a long way towards lowering your blood pressure and shaping up your overall health.
Antioxidant & Anti-inflammatory Foods
The list of such foods is long, but the following rank high on the ORAC scale:
1.Curcumin–the active compound in turmeric is considered one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory natural ingredients.
Many studies have shown that curcumin is highly protective of the heart and blood vessels, which helps reduce the incidence of heart attacks and high blood pressure.
In fact, turmeric in some cases is as effective as a prescription high blood pressure drug…due to its anti-inflammatory power.
2.Beetroot— red beets have especially been found to load lots of nitric oxide, which helps blood vessels dilate, enabling blood to flow with ease. This event alone has a profound impact on lowering blood pressure.
Research published in Nitric Oxide and Hypertension showed that diets that include regular consumption of beets or beet juice can significantly lower blood pressure, while increasing oxygen supply to the entire body.
You may have heard of people taking a drug called “nitroglycerin” for chest pain and heart attacks. This medication contains the same compound found in beets, which helps to relax blood vessels, thereby promoting better circulation.
And another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows kohlrabi, celery, celery root, watercress, leeks, parsley, arugula, spinach and turnips contain large amounts of nitric oxide, too.
3. Tomatoes–they contain lycopene, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, known for protecting the cardiovascular system, bone health, and preventing cancer.
Several studies have shown a strong link between levels of lycopene and heart disease. An analysis from the Physicians Health Study showed an almost 40% reduction in stroke risk in men with higher levels of lycopene.
Lycopene is also reputed for decreasing LDL (Low Density Lipo-protein)cholesterol, also known as the bad cholesterol.
4. Ginger–fresh ginger is considered a super-food for heart health, better circulation, optimal cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
Indulging ginger reduces blood pressure in a number of ways. For one, it acts as a natural calcium channel blocker, just like some blood pressure medications.
Not only that…
It also acts as an ACE inhibitor, just like many conventional blood pressure drugs.
A study involving more than 400 participants found that those who consumed 2-4 grams of ginger per day had the lowest risk of high blood pressure.
Clearly, you can see why you need to add this delicious spice to your dishes, smoothies, and drinks like tea and coffee.
5. Avocados–with an abundance of oleic acid, avocados do wonders to your soaring blood pressure levels. Oleic acid is known to reduce high blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels…
Not to mention their richness in potassium, magnesium, and folate–all of which are excellent for your blood vessels and the entire cardiovascular system.
Avocados are also chock-full of antioxidants that help lower inflammation in the body. They also load lots of vitamins A, K, B, E, and plenty of fiber as well.
6. Pomegranate–they have amazing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer abilities. They contain very powerful substances called polyphenols that load extraordinary antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities. In fact, the antioxidant levels of pomegranate are said to be higher than those of red wine and green tea.
All these properties help relax blood vessels, allowing seamless blood flow.
And while pomegranates are delicious, they can be slightly challenging to eat in raw form. Their juice works better, but even then, be sure to get 100% pure pomegranate juice with no added sugar.
7. Green Tea–it contains powerful polyphenols known for their antioxidant effects in your body. One active ingredient in green tea is EGCG–a powerhouse that helps fight a variety of diseases, including prevention of arterial-sclerosis, blood clots, heart attack and stroke.
EGCG helps relax blood vessels, thereby helping blood flow with a lot of ease.
And while organic green tea is beneficial to health, matcha green tea can contain up to 100 times the EGCG that regular green tea contains.
Green tea is also known to fight cancer, lower inflammation, promote healthy digestion, and aid in concentration.
Besides, it loads lots of vitamins A, D, E, C, B, B5, H and K, and minerals such as manganese, zinc, chromium, ans selenium.
Remember, as noted early on in this article, high blood pressure can be very sneaky, hibernating in your body without firing any warning shots…
It’s therefore advisable to check your numbers regularly even when you think you’re in your best shape.
There are multiple related articles on this website–check them out for an in-depth knowledge about blood pressure and general heart health…
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With all the gems of heart health info in these pieces, you have no reason not to be in tip-top shape…and doing the impossible for your age without thinking about your heart health at all…
Because you’ll get back the reins of your health and live happily than you ever dreamed possible!
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This article is for heart health educational purposes, and does not constitute personal medical advice. Always consult your professional healthcare giver.