Birdseed-Cinnamon Remedy to Lower Blood Pressure
Nowadays, many people incorporate birdseed and others like it into their diet in order to complement and add variety to their diet in a way that’s as tasty as it’s healthy. Some also do it to lower their blood pressure.
Furthermore, chia, sunflower, pumpkin, flax, sesame, and even poppy seeds have become popular. These contain healthy fats, antioxidants, and various nutrients with all kinds of health properties.
For example, it’s been proven that regular and moderate consumption of seeds, within a balanced diet, helps to take care of your cardiovascular health and prevent the development of other diseases.
In addition to the aforementioned seeds, people are incorporating other foods (such as nuts) into their diet more frequently. Moreover, many are also encouraged to try birdseed.
More about birdseed
- Birdseed kernels come from a plant called Phalaris canariensis.
- The grains have a unique composition and structure similar to others of the same botanical family such as wheat, oats, barley, and rice. Thus, it’s a true cereal.
- Most people associate birdseed with bird feed. Indeed, this is its most common use. However, some of it is also suitable for human consumption.
- At the grassroots level, many believe that birdseed can help treat hypertension and lower blood pressure.
The most common way to have birdseed is in the form of vegetable milk. This makes it much easier to taste and digest. And if you add cinnamon to it, you can improve its taste even more.
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Birdseed and cinnamon remedy
The birdseed you use must be properly labeled for human consumption. We don’t recommend using birdseed intended for birds. This is because it’s been processed differently.
You can drink the following beverage either hot or cold. However, it’s ideal not to add sugar or any other type of sweetener. So, if you decide to do so, try to keep it in moderation. Half a teaspoon is way less than two tablespoons.
- 2 c. of water (500 ml.)
- 3 tbsp. of birdseed (45 g.)
- 1 tsp. of ground Ceylon cinnamon (5 g.)
- Firstly, drain and wash the birdseed
- Then, soak the birdseed overnight
- The next morning, strain the birdseed and add it to the blender with the rest of the ingredients
- Blend until smooth
- Strain to separate the fiber from the seeds
- Serve and drink in moderation
Practical measures to lower your blood pressure
On a daily basis, you can implement the following measures to lower high blood pressure and thus, put the discomfort at bay. But remember you should always follow the recommendations of your family doctor.
- Skip the saturated fats
- Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables
- Moderate your consumption of alcohol and tobacco
- Moderate your consumption of coffee to no more than two or three cups a day
- Minimize your consumption of ultra-processed foods, industrial beverages, sweets, and pastries
- Reduce your salt intake and use aromatic herbs and spices (curry, rosemary, cinnamon, parsley, basil, oregano, etc.)
- Avoid leading a sedentary lifestyle and get exercise every day, at least 30 minutes
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Birdseed isn’t a superfood
Eating birdseed can help you supplement your diet, vary your dishes and enjoy preparations with a different twist. However, it isn’t a superfood. Therefore, its consumption alone won’t improve your health or prevent the development of other diseases.
Keep in mind that it’s the combination of good lifestyle habits that adds up to long-term wellness, not the practice of a single measure like eating birdseed, taking supplements, or drinking green juices.
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