Hypertension is very common in adults and it is a problem, here’s a list of the best herbs and drinks that may help you lower high blood pressure.
Recent studies indicate that nearly half of the American adult population has high blood pressure. Experts recommend treating the condition with lifestyle changes and medications.
Before trying any of these herbs you need to talk to your doctor. Some herbs ingested in high quantities may lead to undesirable side effects or interfere with other medications.
Basil is not only delicious in a variety of food but it also has been shown to lower blood pressure, although only briefly. The chemical eugenol, which is found in basil, may block certain substances that tighten blood vessels. This may lead to a drop in blood pressure. Of course, more studies are needed. Keep a small pot of the herb in your kitchen garden and add the fresh leaves to pasta, soups, salads, and casseroles.
If you include cinnamon in your daily diet, your blood pressure numbers may go down. One study done in rodents suggested that cinnamon extract lowered both sudden-onset and prolonged high blood pressure. However, the extract was given intravenously. It’s unclear if cinnamon consumed orally is also effective.
This herb comes from India and it’s usually used in South Asian cuisine. A recent study found that participants with high blood pressure saw significant reductions in their readings after taking 1.5 grams of cardamom powder twice a day for 12 weeks.
Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and has been shown in some studies to lower blood pressure. Flaxseed may protect your body against atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease by reducing serum cholesterol, improving glucose tolerance, and acting as an antioxidant.
Garlic is not only to flavor your food and ruin your breath, it may have the power to lower your blood pressure by helping to increase a substance in the body known as nitric oxide, which can cause your blood vessels to relax and dilate. This lets blood flow more freely and reduces blood pressure.
3 Drinks that could help lower blood pressure
1. Low-fat milk
Low-fat milk is high in phosphorus, potassium and calcium –these 3 nutrients have been proved to be beneficial in reducing hypertension. Some of them are also fortified with vitamin D, which is great for healthy blood pressure. Swapping regular milk for low-fat milk is a minimal effort that can make a great deal of change.
2. Pomegranate juice
Just as low-fat milk pomegranate juice is packed with potassium and three times the amount of antioxidants of green tea or red wine. A daily dose of pomegranate juice has proved to reduce blood pressure.
Research has shown that people who drank at least a half-cup of moderate strength green or oolong tea a day for a year had almost 50% less risk of developing hypertension than those who did not drink tea. Those who drank more than 2 and a half cups of tea a day, reduced the risk of high blood pressure by 65%.
If you want to further boost your beverage add a few slices of lemon!