One of the most prevalent problems that older adults deal with is hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. As we age, our bodies undergo many changes. Millions of individuals around the world suffer with hypertension, which is a chronic illness that can cause major health problems like heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure if left untreated. Although medications are the mainstay of treatment for hypertension, older adults can benefit from routinely consuming a number of anti-hypertensive beverages for better overall health.
1. Hibiscus tea
According to MedicalNewsToday, Hibiscus tea was found to significantly lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels in patients with prehypertension and moderate hypertension, according to a study that was published in the Journal of Nutrition. Hibiscus tea was shown to be equally efficient at lowering blood pressure in people with mild to moderate hypertension as the blood pressure medication captopril, according to a different study that was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of dried hibiscus flowers to a cup of boiling water and let it steep for 5-10 minutes to make hibiscus tea. If desired, you can taste and add more honey or lemon.
2. Pomegranate juice
The juice of pomegranates is used to make the popular beverage known as pomegranate juice. Antioxidants and polyphenols found in abundance in it assist to relax blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Pomegranate juice regularly consumed can significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings, according to numerous research.
3. Lemon water
By relaxing the blood arteries, lemon water, a straightforward and delicious beverage, can lower blood pressure. Vitamin C, which is abundant in lemons and helps to strengthen blood vessels and prevent inflammation. By enhancing digestion, improving hydration, and boosting the immune system, regular use of lemon water can also assist to improve general health.
4. Green tea
The Camellia sinensis plant's leaves are used to make the widely consumed beverage known as green tea. It is abundant in flavonoids and antioxidants, which help lower blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels. According to numerous research, drinking green tea regularly can significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings.
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