A full 40% of people with high blood pressure don`t even know they have it. 70% of those that do know it, fail to keep it under control. By age 55 an estimated 38% of Americans will have blood pressure over 140/90 and by age 65 it jumps to over 50%.
The British have similar numbers as do many other countries in Europe. By far, Japan leads the way in healthy senior citizens, but as it races to achieve its version of the American dream, it too is seeing increases in heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and other preventable diseases.
Clearly medication alone is not enough to fight this disease. If we want to get our blood pressure under control we need to look at natural high blood pressure cures that can complement other treatments we may be receiving.
Here are some of the best natural remedies for high blood pressure:
Hibiscus is a delicious red tea that has been shown in studies to reduce high blood pressure. Herbal diuretics like buchu and cornsilk tea can also help by eliminating edema. Angelica contains compounds that act much like calcium channel blockers, which are often prescribed for high blood pressure and heart health.
Honey not only reduces pressure from the heart but also works to calm blood vessels, making it an effective remedy for high blood pressure.
Each morning, eat two teaspoons of honey before eating anything else.
Use local, organic honey for extra health benefits.
Any at home high blood pressure remedies should include celery.
Because of its high levels of phytochemical 3-N-butylphthalide, muscles surrounding artery walls relax, which gives flowing blood more room and its travel easier.
Additionally, celery reduces hormones that result from stress that constrict blood pressure.
Cut down on salt
Don’t cook with salt or add any to your food at the table, and cut down on processed foods, which contain a lot of salt.
If your blood pressure is borderline unhealthy, eating a cup of blueberries a day could help lower it. In a 2015 study of women ages 45 to 65 with the early stages of high blood pressure, half ate 22 grams of freeze-dried blueberry powder (the equivalent of a cup of fresh berries) daily for eight weeks, while the other half ate an identical-looking powder that didn’t contain any blueberries. After eight weeks, the blueberry group’s systolic blood pressure (the top number) had dropped 5 mmHg, while the readings for the placebo group remained the same.
Apple peels are rich in the cholesterol-lowering fiber pectin and in flavonoids that inhibit angiotensin-converting enzyme, which indirectly increases blood pressure by causing blood vessels to constrict.
Lemons are widely regarded as an effective home remedy for high blood pressure because of purported effect of reducing rigidity of the blood vessels. A study published in 2015found that the anti-hypertensive effect of lemon may be attributed to auraptene, a compound present in most citric fruits. The high vitamin C content gives you added heart health benefits, as the natural antioxidant, helping reduce the harmful effects of free radicals. Drink a cup of warm water along with freshly squeezed lemon juice each morning on an empty stomach.