Today’s question is from James W and he asks, “I’m tired of taking prescription drugs and the negative side effects… Are there any foods that can support healthy blood pressure, naturally?”.
This is a great question and one that I’ve had to deal with personally because of my family history of blood pressure problems.
Unfortunately, most foods don’t work in the real world for healthy blood pressure because it’s just too restrictive for most people.
However, the good news is that there are about 8 specific foods that are scientifically researched to work… IF you take the right kind and the correct amounts.
Which is what I’ll reveal today…
Plus at the end of today’s article, I’ll give you some simple shortcuts as well, for faster results with less effort.
Raw Garlic Cloves
Garlic has many health benefits, especially for your heart and one of them is supporting healthy blood pressure.
However, for it to really work you need to consume at least 3, RAW cloves of garlic daily. Unfortunately, the problem here is that your breath and body is going to smell.
I tried everything with my parents, including taking herbal garlic supplements — same problem.
And if the garlic supplement says “odorless”, then it doesn’t work because the key extracts such as “allicin” is removed.
So Garlic is great, but not if you want a social life.
Tree Nuts – Cashews and Almonds
Tree nuts, and NOT peanuts, which come from the ground — are linked with many metabolic health benefits.
Almonds and cashews really stand out, particularly when it comes to metabolic problems such as blood pressure.
This is because they contain high levels of magnesium, a mineral that most of us are deficient in. And a lack of magnesium is strongly linked to blood pressure problems.
Just make sure that these nuts are eaten RAW — not “roasted”, which negatively changes the fat structure.
Of course, not salted either is preferred.
And be mindful of how many you eat because each almond or cashew is about 15 calories, so they can quickly make you fat if you don’t pay attention.
My suggestion is I’d rather you take magnesium supplements and one of the best forms is a BLEND of TRAACS® Magnesium Glycinate Chelate, Albion® Di-Magnesium Malate and Magnesium Citrate… the BLEND of different magnesium is what makes it so effective.
Celery is great for lowering elevated blood pressure and works similarly to “Calcium channel blocking” drugs… which are designed for blood pressure problems.
But celery has NO negative side effects and it’s very low in calories, so it’s great all around.
The only problem is for it to be really effective, you’d have to eat at least 5 POUNDS of the stuff daily.
So if you can juice it, that’s great. If not, my suggestion is to take Celery Seed Extract (42.5% phthalides)… one pill is the equivalent of eating 50 lbs of celery.
That’s why it works so well and is one of my favorite solutions!
English Hawthorn Berries
There’s a special form of English Hawthorn Berry Extract that is clinically shown to support healthy blood pressure levels.
One additional (and major) benefit is that it also helps regulate your body’s stress response, including lowering the stress hormone, Cortisol.
This is very important because many times our blood pressure goes up when we’re under extra STRESS and English Hawthorn Berries deals with this effectively.
You would need to eat at least one cup of it daily. Don’t bother drinking it because many of the benefits are in the skin as well.
However, a faster and easier way is to simply take the extract form of it in a pill, which is the equivalent of 3 cups of berries.
Pomegranate is an amazing fruit with so many health benefits, especially for blood pressure.
Forget about drinking the juice because it’ll shoot up your insulin levels, which will indirectly increase your blood pressure.
Best to have the actual fruit. Or if you don’t have the time to do this daily, you can use Pomegranate Extract in a pill.
Tomatoes have many benefits — they help with your eyes, prostate and blood pressure health.
The main reason is the Lycopene extract found in specific forms of tomato seeds.
So go ahead and add some extra tomatoes to your salad… However, to get the full scientifically proven effects, it’s best to take Lycopene Extract in a pill.
Grape seeds are fantastic seeds and are more effective for improved heart health than Olive Oil.
For salad dressing, I suggest using grape seed oil. But don’t cook with it because it negatively changes the chemical structure of the fat.
What’s even more effective is a patented form of Grape Seed EXTRACT that’s scientifically researched to help support healthy blood pressure.
Finally, there’s a vegetable called Beetroot. Beets are great because they help increase Nitric Oxide (NO) levels in your body. This can help vasodilate and open up your arteries to help support healthy blood flow and blood pressure levels.
Cook them and put them on your salad. Juicing them along with your celery is also great.
If not, you can take an amino acid called L Arginine or Citrilline, which also helps boost Nitric Oxide levels.
There you have it, 8 foods that can help promote healthy blood pressure.
Unfortunately, the only problem is the time, cost, and calories to eat all of these foods to get the correct amount of nutrients to see any positive benefits.
That’s why most people take the extracts in a pill – that’s what my parents and I do.
Below you can take a look at the exact formula we use.