Garlic is gaining more and more popularity for its use in lowering high blood pressure. This herb also has blood thinning properties which makes it great for improving overall cardiac health.
Garlic is also a natural diuretic — meaning it forces out excess sodium and water from the body, and into your urine. This effect takes pressure off of an overworked heart and decreases blood pressure.
Method: If the taste of garlic is too strong for you, popular odorless garlic supplements are also available.
- If you cannot handle eating the entire clove raw, hold a slice of garlic in your mouth and try sucking on the juices for 15 minutes.
- You can also finely mince 1-2 cloves of garlic, mix it into a glass of water, and drink it.
- Another method is to take the finely minced pieces, put it on a piece of fruit, and cover it with honey.
- Tip — try adding a few cloves to your smoothies.
Carrots contain high levels of antioxidants beta-carotene, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. Antioxidants reduce the amount of cancer-causing free radicals in the body. They also protect against damage to blood vessels and cellular death.
Carrots are also high in the electrolyte, potassium. Potassium is great at keeping the fluid within the body balanced and normalizing blood pressure. Potassium positively counteracts the effects of sodium. Consumed in large amounts, sodium can negatively affect blood pressure.
Method: Drink 1-3 glasses of carrot juice a day. Make sure to buy organic and do not add any sugar.
Tomatoes contain beta-carotene, vitamin E, potassium, and antioxidants — which are all great at lowering high blood pressure.
Tomatoes also contain lycopene, a chemical that gives it its rich red color. Lycopene has antioxidant effects that lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and prevents the build-up of fatty deposits in arteries (atherosclerosis). These buildups can lead to cardiovascular disease.
Method: Eat a cup of fresh tomatoes, tomato sauce, or blended tomato juice, everyday. If you do not like the taste of tomatoes, try taking lycopene supplements. Avoid commercial tomato sauce, which contain high levels of sodium.
Celery seeds are widely used in the Chinese culture for lowering blood pressure. Specifically, the Chinese use celery seeds to lower high blood pressure of the liver.
Celery is a fibrous vegetable that also acts as a diuretic. Diuretics flushes out excess water from the heart and the body. This causes a decrease in blood pressure.
Method: Mix celery seeds into your tea, your cooking, or drink fresh celery juice — 3 times a day.
Pomegranates not only are dense in nutrients, but are also high in antioxidants — specifically in tannins and anthocyanins. Pomegranates are fruits that have a hard shell and edible juicy red seeds.
Pomegranates contain phytochemicals, flavonoids, polyphenols, and punicalagin.
Phytochemicals naturally occur in plant foods that act as antioxidants and prevent damage to our cells. Antioxidants such as flavonoids and polyphenols fight against heart disease and cancers.
Punicalagin is a compound that is mostly responsible for the health benefits in pomegranates. It improves the functions of the heart and blood vessels, lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol, raises good (HDL) cholesterol, lowers high blood pressure, and reverses the effects of arterial blockage (atherosclerosis).
Pomegranates contain more antioxidants than red wine, berries, or even green tea.
Method: Add pomegranate seeds to your salad, or juice the seeds into a tasty drink.
6. Beets & Radishes
Beets & radishes are under-appreciated and overlooked vegetables. Both beets and radishes are high in nitrates, which are great at lowering high blood pressure, by improving vasodilation.
Nitrates change into vasodilator nitric oxide after being ingested. Nitric aciddilates blood vessels, regulates blood pressure, decreases endothelial inflammation, and platelet aggregation.
Both the leaves and the roots of the radish lowers elevated blood pressures.
Method: Juice made out of beets or radishes are the best form of the vegetables, in lowering blood pressure. Drink a glass of blended beets or radishes juice, daily. Also, add fresh beets and radishes to any dish!
Sesame oil contains omega-6s, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), Vitamin E, and sesamin, which are great for lowering blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
Sesamin is a lignan compound in sesame oil that has been shown to reduce blood pressure levels. Sesame lignans reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the body.
PUFA and sesamin work together to relax the arterial wall and reduce blood pressure.
Method: Incorporate 1 ounce of sesame seeds or oil into your daily cooking, for at least 2 months.