Beets & Other Foods That Can Naturally Lower Blood Pressure

 

 

A month back I went for my yearly check up and found I had the joined the ranks of the “chosen”!!!  I have high Blood pressure. !! This was quite a surprise!  The fact that I eat healthy for the most part, watch my sodium intake and  consider myself  a reasonably calm person  made it difficult to comprehend why I would get high blood pressure.  My strong family history, some additional stress I had over the last few months and the fact that age is creeping up on me probably had something to do with it. Anyway, since I am not a big fan of meds I checked with my doctor if I could take some natural supplements instead.  After giving me a slightly dubious look and asking me exactly what I intended to take  the doctor agreed, provided I monitor my BP and check back in a month. I tried some natural remedies and so far so good, am doing just great. I do not recommend that you stops meds and take natural food supplements without your doctor’s permission. You can however take them and monitor your BP and see if it helps you. Then check with your doctor and see if you can cut back on meds . Either way, natural foods are harmless and adding them to your diet will give you additional benefits as well. Even two or three of these foods on a regular basis will help. Importantly eat low sodium. To read my post on “Tips to cut back on Salt in your Diet” click here.

 

Natural Foods and Supplements to Lower Blood pressure :

Beet and Beet juice – blood purifier. Increases RBC (increases production of glutathione [detoxifying agent]) Lowers Blood pressure. Recommendations: 4-6 oz. per day ( juice of 1 – 2 Beets). Beet juice is sold in health food stores, but if you have a juicer just make your own fresh beet juice. Tastes great and cheaper too. You can eat the beets too. At least 2 to give you the equivalent of 6 oz juice. Check out my roasted beet salad for a boost of natural beet power ! 
Pomegranate Juice : There is some preliminary evidence that drinking pomegranate juice every day may help lower systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) but not diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) It’s a great antioxidant so drink up. 4 oz / day is all you need.
 Potassium rich foods : Potassium  counteracts the effects of Sodium on BP. Good food sources are leafy green vegetables, celery, tomatoes, prunes, bananas, peaches, apricot, mango ,cantaloupe, honeydew,  sweet potatoes, carrots, potato, fish, legumes, nuts and soy beans. Load up on these foods. Have a good potassium source at every meal to keep BP in check.
Garlic and Onion : Garlic’s powerful key ingredient – ‘allicin’ and ant-inflammatory properties helps lower blood pressure and inhibits bloods clots from forming thus decreasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The health properties in onions are equally beneficial in increasing and lowering bad and good cholesterol and lowering BP. Raw (uncooked) onion and garlic contain the most powerful medicinal properties. Some of the healing properties are destroyed in the cooking process, so try to eat them raw and include them into your daily diet in as close to their natural form as possible.  A good way to eat raw garlic is  to add it to dips like humus etc. Raw onion can be used in salads.  When mixed with other salad vegetables, they lose some of their pungent taste. Red onion mixed with strawberries and arugula make a great salad.
Celery : Celery contains  high levels of potassium and active compounds called phthalides, which have been found to lower blood pressure and promote a healthy circulatory system.  Celery should be eaten raw to get the maximum benefits. Eat celery with dips. I have freshly juiced celery juice mixed with a little apple juice or tomato juice an hour before bedtime. Apart from its ability to lower hypertension, it’s also a great diuretic and helps insomnia. This has been my secret weapon against high BP :)
Omega 3 Foods : Not quite sure how this supplement helps to lower hypertension, but that it does has been established. I take an omega 3 supplement and eat food sources. Good sources are : Walnuts, flaxseed, canola oil are good sources.  Fatty fish such as trout, salmon and mackerel are good too.  Omega-3 fatty acid intake has also been linked to better brain development and a lower  risk of cancer and heart disease.
 There are a whole lot of  foods that are believed to help with hypertension. The ones listed above have been tried and tested by yours truly :) These foods are beneficial to lower high cholesterol as well!  So get a double whammy of health by including these liberally in your diet. Even if you’re not hypertensive you will benefit from including these foods in your diet. Most importantly ” Lower your Stress ” and you will give your Blood Pressure the best break you can :)  

 

Comments

  1. I have high blood pressure too. It is hereditary and I have to take the meds. I still watch my salt intake and eats foods good for lowering blood pressure. This is a great list and I am glad you shared it.

  2. I needed this Sue, Thanks for posting. I love beets so will do the beet juice I think ! Am taking an omeag three supplement so hope that helps too :0) Thanks girl xoxoxo

  3. Good post ! Am mildly hypertensive, so will try some of this I think. It\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s all clean healthy eating so will be good anyway !

  4. Hi Sue, nice to meet you. I has been looking this list of foods for a while. Your website is awesome, it makes me hungry when I see lots of delicious food pictures here.

  5. Hi Sue, really love your blog, there’s so much to learn.
    By the way, I nominated you for the lovely blog award – thanks for your awesome and informative blog!

  6. I hope I don’t get high blood pressure, because those foods are my daily menu :D
    but for more assure, I’ll check up to doctors from now on. thanks for share this info :)

  7. hi, i have a very low blood pressure and a high blood sugar. type 1 I m taking a medicine for sugar but my pressure is going very low even I took medicine.so your article turnes out pretty useful for me. I mean special food for lowering my blood pressure. Thanks!

  8. My mother was looking for a way she can reduce blood pressure, and i learned some really good things from this post thanks for that. Medicines are ok but we also need some precautions for not having too high blood pressure

  9. High blood pressure is serious problems that to be solved. We should avoid salt food , fatty food and sweety food. But if use the menu in the picture above also good and interesting.

  10. Hey!!! Admiring the time and effort you put into your stuff and detailed information you offer. Thanks for sharing

  11. This is great article. I was amazed that onions and garlic were edible. Never imagined how they would taste but I’ll try it out.

  12. My doctor has suggested me to consume garlic to control my blood pressure. But thanks a lot for sharing the rest of the item.

  13. Ughh I hate beets so much but they really do have some incredible health properties. Perhaps I should incorporate them into a daily juice blend? :)

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  15. The diet calls for more fruits, vegetables, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. It prescribes less fat, red meat, sweets and sugary beverages. In addition to the new research, several studies out of Iran and Mexico have also found hibiscus tea to significantly lower blood pressure. Avoid canned soups and vegetables, snack foods, such as chips and pretzels, condiments, salted nuts, frozen entrees and other high sodium foods.

  16. thanks for sharing all these natural remedies for controlling BP . It always better if instead of med we can control our disease.

  17. Thanks man! Simple awesome :P

  18. Hello
    Thank you for a good pots. When it comes to lowering blood pressure there are tactics that work in the short term and things you can in long term. I have a feeling that what concerns short term blood pressure control, different foods are a great help. But in the longer run people with high blood pressure should make bigger changes in their lifestyle.
    Everything starts with techniques to lower your stress level and slight increase in terms of physical activity (like walking to work). Diet and healthy eating is of course a huge part of lifestyle change.
    Best Regards
    Melody

  19. Going natural is always the best option. There are a lot of super foods that can not only lower our blood pressure, but to keep us healthy. Eat more raw fruits and vegetables and you will have a lot of power!

  20. Hi sue
    The natural way is obviously working for you and so should for a lot of people. So surely the big thing is educating people to eat these foods long before they get high blood pressure to help stop the need to meds in the first place comes down to the old addidge prevention is better than cure. As we know though changing people’s eating habits is not an easy thing to do.

    Great tips thanks lee

  21. Danial Garcia says:

    Well different doctors can have different opinions nowadays about what to eat and what not to eat. I don’t think they all agree!
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  22. Beets is basically a natural way that works as a medicine for the people suffering from high blood pressures because natural way to get rid of from these problems is always the best

  23. High blood pressure is a silent enemy. I have always been monitoring my mother’s intake of rice since she reached her old age. I am very much concerned about keeping her with less fat and carbohydrates.

  24. It is really cool to heard such tips…:)
    We always try medicine..never look for foods to overcome this blood pressure problem. Keep posting. Thanks

  25. There are lot of things natural ways to lower blood pressure and I am really like your post, but I have tried Hibiscus tea to do that…

  26. Blog make people enjoyable so kindly write in that way that other I have a feeling that what concerns short term blood pressure control. And obtain high response from the commenting kindly write in that way.

  27. high blood pressure is a silent killer and need to be treated with uttmost attention. whether mild or chronic hypertension. toppmost attention is needed to address this killer disease. dietary approach to stop hypertension is very important, follow it stricly and you wont have any emergency.

  28. Well, without proper way of diet. Getting unexpected weight gain is really a big problem. But we can control it with just a little effort. Being responsible enough of every meal we can eat is a way of prevention.

  29. Great article. I am glad to read your article.
    Thanks for the useful sharing.

  30. No doubt its very healthy for its organic.

  31. This is truely an amazing post… I am just overwhelmed just by seeing the images in your post…

  32. My mother is suffering from the problem of high blood pressure. Your article is quite helpful. It helps my mother in controlling her blood pressure.

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