Ginger has been used for centuries in Asian and Indian cultures, especially for its numerous health benefits. Ginger is great for preventing heart conditions, such as lowering blood pressure, decreasing cholesterol, and preventing blood clots.
Ginger decreases bad cholesterol (Low Density Lipoproteins), by preventing plaque build-up on arterial walls, that can lead to increased blood pressure.
Ginger also acts as a blood thinner, which prevents blood clots. Blood clots can prevent adequate blood flow throughout your body, leading to high blood pressure. Preventing blood clot formation can help reduce the prevalence of a heart attack or stroke.
Method: Add fresh ginger to your smoothies and juices, and try to incorporate ginger into your daily cooking.
2. Coconut Water
Coconut water is filled with potassium and magnesium electrolytes, which are good for the heart muscle.
Coconut water lowers blood pressure by acting as a potassium sparing diuretic. This removes the excess water from the body, while retaining vital potassium.
Coconut water is best when it is organic and bottled in its raw form.
Method: Drink 8 ounces of organic coconut water, 1-3 times a day. The effects are weight based, so if you are on the heavier side, drink more coconut water (3 times a day).
3. Cayenne Pepper (Capsaicin)
Cayenne pepper is a known vasodilator. It quickly expands blood vessels, which improves the flow of blood. Faster and more efficient flow takes pressure off of the arteries, thus decreasing your blood pressure.
Capsaicin is one of the major ingredients in red peppers. The spicier the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains.
Cayenne pepper helps to create new red blood cells, improves blood structure, and aids in detoxing the blood. During detoxification, cayenne pepper is thought to also remove some plaque build-up off of the arterial walls.
Cayenne pepper is also known to stop bleeding fast. If you have a cut, try sprinkling some cayenne pepper over it.
Method: Recommended dosage is 1 teaspoon of organic cayenne pepper a day, and slowly work your way up to one teaspoon, 3 times a day. If the taste is too spicy for you, try taking capsaicin supplements.
4. Dark Chocolate (Cacao)
Dark chocolate is made from the seeds of the cocoa tree (Theobroma cacao) and is loaded with antioxidants (cancer fighting) — including polyphenols, flavonoids, catechins.
The cocoa tree seeds contain flavonoids, but more importantly, it is exceptionally high in its levels of flavanols.
Flavanols (Flavan-3-ol) are phytonutrients, which is known as plant-based nutrients. Not many other foods come close to the amount of flavanols that are found in cocoa seeds.
Flavanols are found in certain fruits, vegetables, teas, unprocessed grape juice, wine, and berries. Black teas and red wine in particular, are known to contain high levels of flavanols. Flavanols release a chemical known as nitric oxide (NO). This chemical is a free radical (cancer fighting) that is essential for intercellular health.
Activated nitric oxide dilates blood vessels, making it easier for the blood to circulate throughout the body. NO is absolutely necessary in maintaining a healthy body.
By keeping the blood vessels open, it allows the blood to efficiently carry vital oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body. Dilated blood vessels decrease stress in the body. This in turn, lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke or a heart attack.
Eaten in moderation, dark chocolate that is high in flavanols can actually reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, and maintains efficient blood circulation.
Other proven benefits of dark chocolate include: decreases bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol, protects again sun damage while smoothing the skin, boosts brain health, and provides essential vitamins and minerals.
Method: Make sure your dark chocolates or cocoa powders contain at least 50-80% of cocoa to reap the benefits of the flavanols. Just remember that the more cocoa content your chocolate contains, the more nutritious it is.
Cardamom is a spice that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda medicine. It is widely used for cardiac disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, renal problems, heart burn, and respiratory disorders.
Cardamom is also known for its antioxidant, gastro-protective, anti-spasmodic, antibacterial, anti-platelet aggregation, and anti-cancer properties.
Cardamom causes vasodilation (dilation of blood vessels) and allows blood to flow more easily, thus lowering blood pressure.
Method: Mix 1 teaspoon of cardamom powder with raw organic honey in a cup of warm filtered water. Drink twice a day.
6. Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus is widely used around the world to manage blood pressure.
Hibiscus acts as a diuretic and flushes out all the excess fluid that is in your heart and in your tissues. This decreases the pressure on the arterial walls. Vessel walls are relaxed and blood volume is decreased, thus lowering your blood pressure.
Method: Seep dried hibiscus leaves into a cup of hot filtered water. Add raw organic honey and lemon for taste.
For centuries, hawthorn has been used for cardiac, circulatory, and respiratory disorders. The berries of the plant has been specifically used to treat high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, chest pain, atherosclerosis, and heart failure.
Hawthorn also contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that destroys free radicals. Flavonoids help dilate blood vessels, improve the flow of blood, and protect against blood vessel damage.
Method: Drink hawthorn tea 1-3 times a day.
8. Cat’s Claw
Cat’s claw (uncaria tomentosa) is a popular herb in China, South America, and Central America. It is widely used in China for the treatment of high blood pressure.
Cat’s claw lowers blood pressure by inducing vasodilation. Dilated blood vessels allows the blood to flow more easily. It also acts as a mild diuretic and rids the body of harmful excess fluid.
This herb contains tannins and flavanols. Flavanols release a chemical known as nitric oxide (NO). NO is a free radical (cancer fighting) that is essential for cellular health.
Activated NO dilates blood vessels, making it easier for the blood to circulate throughout the body.
By keeping the blood vessels open, blood is able to efficiently carry vital oxygen and nutrients all over the body. Dilated blood vessels decrease stress in the body, ultimately lowering blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
Method: A typical daily dose of cat’s claw is 350 milligrams. Cat’s claw tea is also a good alternative.
Mistletoe is not the first thing that may come to one’s mind when thinking about lowering elevated blood pressures. There is a lot more to this plant than just being a beautiful holiday decoration.
Mistletoe boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and helps treat cancer and hepatitis. Mistletoe extracts contains an active compound called alkaloids. Alkaloids lowers blood pressure by controlling nerve impulses along the heart and arterial walls.
The actions of mistletoe are gradual but have a long-lasting effect on blood pressure.
Method: Mistletoe can be harmful and poisonous if consumed raw and unprocessed. Always consult with a doctor before taking mistletoe extracts, to avoid hypotension (below normal blood pressure).