5 Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure

January 22, 2020
To determine whether you're suffering from high blood pressure, it's important to consult with a specialist who can carry out the appropriate tests. Subsequently, improving your diet can help to control your condition.

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is also known as hypertension. According to information from the Mayo Clinic, it is the increased force in blood circulation through the blood vessels.

  • The speed at which blood travels is higher than normal, which can lead to significant circulatory problems.

This condition is linked to bad cholesterol (LDL) and often starts to be a problem after the age of 55.

To reduce your risk of this condition, you should review your family history as genetics play an important role in determining your chances of having high blood pressure. This was confirmed in a study carried out by the National Institute of Genomic Medicine in Mexico.

A woman with high blood pressure.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

According to this investigation carried out by the Universidad de Concepción in Chile, the most common symptoms of hypertension include:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Dizziness.
  • Reddening of the face and eyes.
  • Blurry vision.
  • Chest pain.
  • Headache

You should have your blood pressure checked if you have any suspicions. A blood pressure monitor can accurately measure your levels.

  • The monitor shows systolic pressure (the arterial blood pressure)
  • It also shows diastolic pressure (the pressure the heart rests at in between beats).

You should review your pressure levels with your doctor, who will analyze the results and indicate the best course of treatment for your particular case.

How can you reduce your risk of hypertension?

A woman getting her blood pressure checked.

There’s no cure for this condition. Thus, prevention is key. In order to reduce your risk of hypertension, we would recommend:

  • Reducing your salt intake and exercising frequently. This study by the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile highlights the reduction of salt intake as being particularly beneficial.
  • These lifestyle changes can notably improve cardiovascular efficiency.
  • In this study, the Complutense University of Madrid recommends adopting a balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables.
  • Furthermore, you should aim to eliminate or reduce tobacco and alcohol use.

Natural remedies that may help treat high blood pressure

Natural remedies are always a good option when it comes to treating high blood pressure. Using them is an important step as, in some cases, symptoms may appear unexpectedly.

Discover: 8 Tips to Correctly Take Your Blood Pressure at Home

  • People with high blood pressure should always have something on hand for treatment.

In this next section, we’ll tell you about some very effective remedies.

1. Garlic

Garlic can reduce blood pressure, according to this study conducted by the Cayetano Heredia University in Peru. It has antioxidant properties and is a powerful antimicrobial, according to this study carried out by the Oaxaca Technology Institute in Mexico. You can use garlic for a wide variety of natural remedies.

  • It’s recommended to eat garlic on a regular basis. Ideally, you should keep a jar of peeled garlic in your fridge.
  • Instead of swallowing or chewing a garlic clove, you can soak it in a glass of water, and leave it there overnight.
  • You can mix the water with lemon juice and drink it on an empty stomach.

2. Parsley and lemon blend

It’s believed that this remedy prevents hypertension. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. If you still want to try it:

  • Process an entire lemon with parsley and drink it on an empty stomach.
  • Another helpful method is drinking lemon juice with warm water in the mornings.

3. Oats

Oats.
Eating oats can help to lower cholesterol, according to this study by the Quadram Institute Bioscience. As well as fighting high blood pressure, it can also help to regulate blood circulation.

  • Boil water and add the oats, then let strand.
  • You should drink at least one liter of this oat water daily.

See also: 13 Reasons to Eat Oats Every Morning

4. Magnesium

We can find magnesium chloride in foods such as beets or nuts. This is used as a specific treatment for high blood pressure.

You can also find it in pharmacies and natural-food stores.

  • For its preparation, add 33 grams of magnesium chloride (2 tablespoons) to one liter of boiling water and mix them together.
  • We would recommend drinking a small glass on an empty stomach daily.
  • According to this study carried out by the Las Condes Clinic in Chile, this is a preventative measure, as a magnesium chloride deficiency increases the risk of having high blood pressure.

5. Beets

Beets.
This study carried out by the Rovira and Virgili University confirms that beetroot is beneficial for treating hypertension. As well magnesium, this vegetable contains potassium, iron, sodium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc. Eating it regularly can have many benefits for the body.

Thanks to its characteristics and taste, it’s easy to eat. From salads to smoothies, there are many ways to include beets in your diet and benefit from its properties.

  • When it comes to fighting high blood pressure, drinking beet juice may help maximize results.
  • All you need to do is boil, blend, and drink the beets.

High blood pressure can bring many complications for your health, so it’s important to take steps to prevent it.

Don’t forget that you should also consult a specialist in order to receive a proper diagnosis.

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