You’ve heard that you can control your blood pressure by eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean meat in moderation, and getting some exercise every day. But you might be wondering if there are any foods or supplements that can give you faster results.
I have to be honest with you. I have tried to control my blood pressure naturally for years. Hasn’t worked. My doctors are trying various meds. Hasn’t worked 100%. Now I also have to admit that I still smoke and drink lots of coffee. I’m not a saint by any means…
Here are the superfoods they say will keep your arteries healthy and to help control your blood pressure naturally –
Almonds, Apple cider vinegar, asparagus, beets, black tea, blueberries, cashews, cayenne peppers, celery, cherries, chicken, chocolate, eggplant, fish, garlic, grapefruit, dark green vegetables, green tea, lemon peel, oatmeal, onions, parsley, peanuts, plums, red wine, cooked tomatoes or tomato products (like tomato sauce or juice), and walnuts.
You also need to make sure that you are getting enough of these essential nutrients – Calcium, magnesium, potassium (electrolytes), Vitamins C & E, Glutathione (helps body absorb vitamins C & E), niacin, selenium, and zinc.
I tried L-arginine twice. The first time was about 10 years ago, and it worked for me. Recently I was under a ton of stress, and again, it started raising my blood pressure. This time L-arginine did not work for me. But the brand I used before is no longer available. I don’t know if that has something to do with it or not.
This time, I ventured into herbal supplements. There was grape seed, and bilberry, and garlic, and turmeric, and resveritrol, and hawthorne. After doing some research, I settled on trying hawthorne. It worked a little, but upset my stomach.
You’ve heard that if you have high blood pressure, you should cut down on salt. The truth is, sodium is the 4th electrolyte. People who eat a lot of packaged foods, or eat out a lot get too much sodium, and not enough of the other nutrients – causing a chemical imbalance. (You’ll hear that term a lot more in the future.) BUT – if you cook your own natural food and do not cook with salt – you may have a sodium deficiency, which can cause high blood pressure. Ironic, ey?
Everything in moderation is the key!
If you are over 40, or taking any statin drugs, you should be supplementing with CoQ10.
As we age, our bodies don’t produce or process nutrients as readily as they used to. Many of us have deficiencies in some of these important nutrients. These nutrients, and other nutrient deficiencies can cause many other so called ‘age related’ illnesses. It is vitally important that you focus on getting your nutrition and some exercise every day.
Don’t let the word exercise scare you. It can be as simple as taking a walk, or working in your garden, or even cleaning your house. You just need to get yourself moving around.
The whole secret is to eat foods that give you the nutrients you need, and to get out from behind the TV and do something you enjoy. That’s not that hard, is it?
If you have stress related high blood pressure, we’ll be talking about other methods to help that in an upcoming issue as I learn through dealing with my own problem.
Be sure to read Arteries and Healthy Heart too!
Please note that information provided here is not to replace your Doctor’s advice. It is meant as education. Do not stop taking any prescribed medications without consulting your doctor. Many medications must be weaned. Please use common sense.