3 Foods That Naturally Reduce Blood Pressure

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You can definitely control your blood pressure through your diet. The following are the best and powerful foods for this case.

1. Beets

According to study and research made by scientists in London School of Medicine and Barts, drinking one 500 ml glass of beetroot juice daily may produce excellent health benefits. One of those pros is heart health.

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Another discovery was made by several professors named Ben Benjamin and Amrita Ahluwalia from William Harvey Research Institute and the Peninsula Medical Center. The result was published in March 2008 of Hypertension. They concluded that beetroot juice was found to lower levels of high blood pressure. Moreover, they exposed that the intake of dietary nitrate found in this crop food can lower blood pressure fast within an hour after eating and its effect can last for 24 hours.

Other than beetroot juice, you can prepare baked beets or raw sliced in salads for dinner.

2. Artichokes

Artichokes have been found to lower cholesterol levels in blood. This is very important to know as well because hypercholesterolemia is among the culprits of high blood pressure.

Dr. Barbara Wider conducted three separate clinical trials to prove this. It was shown that people who were diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia was given an extract of artichoke leaf. The result showed decrease in the blood pressure levels and this was revealed in Cochrane Database of the Systemic Review in October 2009 issue.

This veggie really tastes delicious whether you grill, steam or mixed with other healthy ingredients.

3. Bananas

Some bananas a day can be very beneficial. You can slice some to add into your bowl of grains and cereals. You can also blend to make a glass of smoothie. Not to mention that this fruit can be used as a quick snack or dessert.

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In relation to the main topic of this post, banana can prevent stroke related deaths by 40%. This result was due to the study conducted by experts and later published at the New England Journal of Medicine.

Eating at least 5 bananas daily to get the best effect in lowering or regulating high blood pressure levels is recommended according to the 1997 study made by John Hopkins University.

However, a study made by some Indian researchers at Kasturba Medical College contradicts this result. They revealed that people who eat just 2 bananas a day for a week lower their blood pressure levels by 10% only.

Aside from fiber, be it known that banana is rich in potassium, which is excellent for the proper functioning of the human heart. Together with recommended amount of sodium, you can maintain the balance of your bodily fluids, and this is an essential factor to regulate blood pressure.

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