Doctors often prescribe drugs to control high blood pressure. But none of these come without unwanted side effects, and some are too pricey to afford. So, if you are looking for safer and affordable alternatives for lowering blood pressure, add the following herbs and spices to your diet.

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Garlic

This pungent seasoning is rich in allicin, a potent antioxidant and antibacterial compound that helps lower blood pressure. A 2008 study by researchers at the University of Adelaide found that garlic could reduce blood pressure in hypertensive individuals by 8.4 mm Hg.

Use fresh raw or dried garlic in your favorite recipes, or you can get it in supplement form.

Black Cumin Seeds

Also called Nigella sativa seeds, this aromatic spice are revered for their medical properties. Research by Farshad Roghani Dehk et al. found that using black cumin seeds daily for 2-3 months resulted in significant blood pressuring-lowering effects.  These seeds are said to have a relaxant effect on muscles and may work as a calcium blocker to dilate blood vessels.

Black cumin seeds contain unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids, soluble fiber, and flavonoid polyphones, all of which control high blood pressure.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is another tasty spice that you can easily include in daily meals and keep the blood pressure down.  Calcium deficiency often raises blood pressure levels. Cinnamon fulfills body’s calcium requirement and keeps blood pressure low.

It is a superfood particularly for people having high BP problem due to diabetes. Sprinkle it on breakfast cereals, coffee, oatmeal or stews to elevate your dinner’s flavor and health properties.

Celery

Celery features a phytochemical group, known as phthalides and 20 anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for hypertension. Though eating the whole food is better, you can use it in other forms as well.

Celery extract relaxes tissues of the artery walls, increased blood flow and reduces blood pressure. Celery juice is a natural diuretic and has similar effects on blood pressure levels. You can use celery seeds to enhance the flavor of stews, savory dishes, casseroles, and soups.

Hawthorn

hawthorn-blood-pressureHawthorn is a traditional Chinese medicine that boosts heart health and treats hypertension by reducing arterial blood pressure. Thanks to its richness in flavonoids like quercetin and OPC’s that dilate the blood vessels.

When arteries dilate, it reduces the resistance your blood faces while flowing through the vessels. It leads to improved blood circulation and lessens the blood pressure on your arteries. Flavonoids remove plaque formed on arterial walls and reduce the amount of bad cholesterol. No plaque means low blood pressure.

French Lavender

The extracts of French Lavender have antihypertensive and bradycardia effects, which help against high blood pressure and boost memory. Although many people use French Lavender as a culinary herb, you can also use it in baked goods, tea or stews.

Flax Seeds

Flax seed’s richness in omega-3 fatty acids and Alpha-linolenic acid helps stabilize blood pressure levels and improve glucose tolerance. Flaxseed products significantly reduce Systolic BP and Diastolic BP.

Grind flaxseeds and stir a spoonful or two into beverages, salads, and cooked dishes. Around 30 grams flaxseed every day will keep your blood pressure at bay.

If you have high or borderline blood pressure, it is very important to tackle it as it can lead to serious complications such as kidney and eye damage. Make sure you include as many foods from the list above as possible to benefit from the best effect.

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