- Written by Suzy Cohen Suzy Cohen
While waiting for a prescription, a friend of mine decided to check his blood pressure. He was dealing with a bout of walking pneumonia and his blood pressure spiked to 140/100!
Has this ever happened to you, where you checked your BP at the pharmacy and it was suddenly high?
You can blame stress, the modern diet, lack of exercise, or a bad infection like my buddy had. You can blame other lifestyle factors, like smoking, too. Or it could simply be your genes, as high blood pressure, termed hypertension, tends to run in families.
If left untreated, hypertension can cause or lead to blindness, stroke, kidney failure, atherosclerosis, and heart failure.
Now, the good news. Here are five natural remedies that are proven to really work!
1. Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea is a wonderful remedy for high blood pressure. It’s been used to lower blood pressure in other countries for decades, and it really works.
In one study, researchers found that drinking hibiscus tea for just 12 days reduced systolic pressure by an average 11.7 percent and diastolic pressure by 10.7 percent.
You can buy commercially prepared teabags, or you can easily make your own fresh hibiscus tea each morning. It’s fabulous for memory.
In fact, if you email my customer service team (firstname.lastname@example.org), I’ll send you the recipe card by email for “Memory Mint Hibiscus Tea.”
2. Magnesium Threonate
Some forms of vitamins are better for certain conditions. With hypertension, look for the mineral magnesium threonate because this form of magnesium leaves your gut.
This type of magnesium can get into the bloodstream and get across your blood brain barrier, is easily absorbed by the cells, and has been proven to lower blood pressure and be stroke preventative as well.
Magnesium threonate is also great for helping promote good, healthy sleep and relaxation.
Garlic cloves and garlic supplements have been proven to lower blood pressure.
Garlic is an allium vegetable that is rich in antioxidants, good-for-you phytochemical and polyphenols, and sulfur-containing compounds called allicin (which are wonderful for collagen promotion too!).
Garlic is especially effective at lowering systolic blood pressure.
4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fatty fish and some plant foods, such as nuts, seeds, and cruciferous vegetables.
Fish oil is wonderful for lowering high blood pressure because it contains the compounds EPA and DHA, which lower BP and keep your heart healthy overall. Fish oils help reduce triglycerides, and that reduces risk for heart attack and stroke.
5. Berries and Dark Chocolate
I saved the best for last. Berries and dark chocolate … mmm! This sounds like a wonder-combo all of you can get on board with, right?
Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, goji, and acai are rich in compounds called polyphenols, which lower blood pressure. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which dilate blood vessels, reducing pressure.
A tasty combo comes to mind: Try chocolate-covered blueberries or dark-chocolate-dipped strawberries.
This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit SuzyCohen.com