6 Foods That Reduce High Blood Pressure.

 

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You go into the doctor’s office for a routine checkup.  You’ve been feeling fine so you know there’s nothing to worry about.  That is until your blood pressure is checked.

You’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure aka hypertension.  The shock of the result hits you harder than a runaway train.

The first thought that enters your mind is “How could this happen?”

You’re not elderly. You’re not overweight.  And you don’t overindulge on sweets.  So what did you do wrong?  The answer will forever change your outlook on health and disease.

The Terrifying Truth About Hypertension That’s Rarely Discussed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control website:

About 75 million people have high blood pressure. Only about half of these people have their pressure under control.”  

But that’s not the worst of it.  The most unsettling fact about hypertension is this:

“High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it often has no warning signs or symptoms”.  

And there you have it.  There are possibly millions of people out there who have hypertension and don’t even know it.

Most people believe that age, diet, or lifestyle are the main causes of hypertension. While that fact is certainly true, there are other factors such as:

• Family Genetics
• Chronic Kidneys Disease
• Sleep Apnea
• Thyroid Disorder

What makes hypertension so deadly is how it can impair the cardiovascular system.  This can lead to unhealthy conditions like a heart attack or atherosclerosis.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. One of the easiest ways to control your blood pressure is through diet.

And as fate would have it,  you’re about to read about 7 foods that will lower your blood pressure.  So, let’s get to it.

1) Eggs

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Eggs usually get a bad rap when it comes to a healthy diet.  However, if prepared the right way, eggs can be very beneficial for lowering blood pressure.

When eggs are cooked at a high temperature they generate certain peptides.  These peptides can mimic the same actions of hypertension medicine.

It does this by blocking the production of a biological substance called angiotensin.  Angiotensin raises blood pressure.

In addition, egg yolks contain a substance lecithin.  As this  PubMed article shows, lechitn has been used to reduce high blood pressure in rats.

2) Tomatoes
This awesome fruit, whether consumed as part of a larger dish or eaten by itself, is very healthy.

Tomatoes contain both lycopene and beta-carotene.  These are two antioxidants that can slow down hypertension.

In this study, scientists used both of these amazing phytochemicals to treat people with mild grade-1 hypertension.

In another study, researchers used extracts of tomato in combination with ACE inhibitors, to successfully reduce moderate hypertension in volunteers.

3) Salmon

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Salmon can help reduce hypertension.  Photo by Jack Chabraszewski.  Courtesy of Shuttrrstock.com

Salmon contains a very powerful unsaturated fatty acid known as Omega-3.  Omega-3 can prevent and treat many abnormalities in the cardiovascular system including hypertension.

In an 8-week experiment, scientist fed overweight volunteers afflicted with hypertension a diet consisting of mainly salmon.

At the end of the study, the blood pressure of the volunteers was significantly reduced to normal levels.

In addition, animal studies have proven the effectiveness of salmon in reducing high blood pressure in rats.

4) Bananas
One of the biggest dietary problems facing us today is the overuse of salt in our meals.  That’s because salt contains high levels of sodium which can lead to high blood pressure.

The best way to reduce the negative effects of sodium is to consume potassium.

Not only does potassium weaken sodium,  but it also helps people to excrete excess amounts of it.  A rich source of potassium is of course—bananas.

According to this article printed in the Medical Science Magazine, doctors from Nepal were able to reduce high blood pressure by only using bananas

5) Garlic

Since it’s a very potent medicinal herb, garlic has been highlighted many times on diseasefreebody.com

One of the theorized causes of hypertension is oxidative stress caused by free radicals.

But since garlic is an all-natural antioxidant, it can destroy those free radicals before they can do any damage.

Researchers gave volunteers who had high blood pressure a dose 2of 50 mg of garlic pearls for two months.

At the end of the study, the garlic pills reduced the blood pressure of the participants.

6) Pumpkin Seeds
One of my favorite snacks as a kid was pumpkin seeds. Though I enjoyed them for the taste, I had little idea how healthy they are.

Pumpkin seeds are a nutritious source of phytosterols, proteins, and carotenoids.  All of these substances can be used to help treat hypertension.

Scientists used pumpkin seed oil to successfully reduce high blood pressure in rats.

Among lowering blood pressure to normal levels, pumpkin seeds can also help prevent other diseases such as:

• Osteoporosis.
• Diabetes
• Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Bonus: How to Super-Charge Energy Levels, Build Lean Muscle, and Fight Hyper Tension.

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Combine these foods to lower hypertension.  Photo by Timolina.  Courtesy of shutter stock.com

It’s been several weeks since your last checkup.

As your doctor checks your blood pressure, nervous thoughts invade your mind.  “What if it’s gotten higher instead of lower?”

But it’s not.  And once your doctor confirms this you feel a wave of relief and joy.

Those positive feelings are well deserved.  You have successfully structured your diet to help cure hypertension.

The foods listed can be found at any grocery store and are easy to add to your diet.  They also have other benefits as well.

For example, if you combine garlic and tomatoes you can strengthen the immune system.

But the biggest benefit of the foods listed is that they can enhance the effects of physical fitness.

For example, if you are into weight lifting, bananas can increase muscle recovery after an intense workout.

if you want an energy boost but want to avoid coffee or energy drinks, bananas can give you a great boost of energy.

But that’s not the only food on this list that can help with muscular development.  Salmon is highly praised as a muscle-building food.

Not only does salmon help your muscles to grow, but it can help muscle recovery after a workout.

Now that you know about the benefits to these foods you can be proactive.  Don’t just sit around and wait for hypertension to hamper your life.

Taking control of your health today will greatly increase your chances of seeing a bright tomorrow.

Make sure you talk to your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet.

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