One of the best ways to prevent heart attacks and strokes is to maintain a lower blood pressure. If your doctor says your numbers are creeping up, one or more of these clever new strategies could correct the problem—fast!
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Biting into a hot pepper—like a jalapeño, habanero, serrano or fresno—can open your arteries! So say Asian researchers who discovered that eating 2 tsp. of spicy peppers daily switches on genes that keep blood vessels relaxed and open, so pressure surges don’t occur!
Simply drinking a daily 2-oz. glass of aloe vera juice (sold in health-food stores) can lower blood pressure for nine out of 10 people within two weeks, British researchers report. Aloe is packed with compounds that control inflammation, a major high blood pressure trigger, explains Mark Stengler, N.D., author of The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies.
Tip: Mix aloe with a little orange or grape juice to jazz up the flavor.
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Eating 1/3 cup of onions daily (any kind, raw or cooked) can cut blood pressure as much as 21 percent in five weeks, a recent Spanish study reveals. Onions are rich in quercetin, a natural diuretic that lowers pressure by speeding excess fluids and salt out of your body.
Milk’s calcium and whey work as a team to relax your nervous system, preventing pressure spikes during high-stress times. And University of Tennessee research shows it only takes two 8-oz. glasses daily (whole, low-fat or nonfat) to lower your pressure six points in eight weeks!
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This algae supplement can cut even stubbornly high blood pressure as much as 25 percent within three months, a recent Japanese study suggests. The credit goes to chlorella’s unique mix of artery-relaxing carotenoids and essential fats, says Michael Rosenbaum, M.D., a holistic physician in San Rafael, California. Look for it in health-food stores, or check out this one we like: NOW Chlorella Supplement(120 Tablets, $13 at Amazon.com.). Concentrations vary, so follow the package directions for dosage.
Important: Always check with your doctor before starting a new supplement.
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