After recently finding out that I am suffering from very high blood pressure, my sons lovely partner has been reading up on how to lower it naturally. Some of them may come as a surprise to you.
Hibiscus tea commonly consumed as a pleasant herbal tea in the Middle East, this one is quite effective and has been supported by several placebo-controlled trials (5). It also tastes good.
Eat fish at least three times a week
Omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect which helps to support and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. They help to maintain the flexibility of blood vessels to promote healthy blood flow and help maintain healthy blood pressure. If you don't like fish or seafood, Blackmores' Omega Heart is a source of concentrated omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil.
Bananas You probably know that eating too much salt can raise blood pressure, but most people aren’t aware of the benefits of potassium, which counters sodium’s ill effects. Most don’t get enough of this mineral.
According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, people with hypertension may especially benefit from upping the amount of potassium in their diet. Adults should get at least 4,700 milligrams a day. A few good sources: bananas (422 milligrams each), a baked potato with skin (738 milligrams), orange juice (496 milligrams per cup), and non-fat or low-fat yoghurt (531–579 milligrams per 8 ounces).
Of course the best news of all is that dark chocolate can also help to lower your blood pressure.
Chocolate Several placebo-controlled trials have shown that dark chocolate or cocoa reduces blood pressure in people with high or even high-normal blood pressure (6, 7). Dark chocolate also appears to increase insulin sensitivity and the skin's resistance to sunburn if eaten regularly, but that's for another post. All effects are probably related to chocolate's polyphenol content. I prefer plain toasted cocoa nibs because they don't encourage overeating, but dark chocolate (70+ percent cocoa mass) also works if you're able to include it in moderation as part of an overall healthy eating pattern. You may want to avoid eating chocolate in the evening because it can interfere with sleep.