High blood pressure is a dangerous condition that can damage your heart. It affects over 1 billion people worldwide. If left uncontrolled, high blood pressure raises your risk of heart disease and stroke. A normal blood pressure reading is less than 120/80 mm Hg. When blood pressure is high, the blood moves through the arteries more forcefully. This puts increased pressure on the delicate tissues in the arteries and damages the blood vessels.
So, if you have high blood pressure. There are natural ways to help lower your blood pressure.
Chinese cat’s claw
People have long used Chinese cat’s claw in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including high blood pressure. Chinese cat’s claw contains several compounds, such as hirsutine and rhynchophylline. Animal studies have shown these may reduce blood pressure by acting as natural calcium channel blockers.
In addition, these compounds may stimulate blood vessels to produce nitric oxide, which is a chemical compound that helps blood vessels relax and dilate.
Getting 2,000 to 4,000 mg of potassium a day can help lower blood pressure, says Linda Van Horn, Ph.D., R.D., a professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. (The nutrient encourages the kidneys to excrete more sodium through urination.) We all know about the potassium in bananas, but foods like potatoes, spinach, and beans actually pack more potassium than the fruit. Tomatoes, avocados, edamame, watermelon, and dried fruits are other great sources.
Eat (a little) chocolate
After going through that whole sugar versus salt debate, telling you to eat chocolate seems pretty weird. But a study from 2010 found that dark chocolate helped reduce blood pressure for hypertensive people.
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