There may be no need to start on pricey prescriptions to keep blood pressure in check. These inexpensive natural blood pressure remedies bring numbers down — without side effects. Plus, research in the European Heart Journal proves doing so cuts the risk of severe Covid complications in half
Call Up a Pal
One more reason to give your sister or friend a ring: Regularly chatting with a loved one who’s also looking to make healthy changes reins in high blood pressure (BP) by bolstering accountability. In their six-month study, NYU School of Medicine scientists found that folks who attended weekly faith support groups on how to make healthy choices lowered their systolic BP (top number) by 16.5 points, enough to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by 46 percent!
Crunch On Walnuts
That handful of walnuts you tossed on your oatmeal? Penn State researchers found that folks following a diet low in saturated fat that included walnuts had BP readings that were consistently up to 89 percent lower than those who skipped the nuts. Walnuts are rich in alpha-linolenic acid, which researchers say reduces tissue-damaging oxidative stress and improves blood vessel health. And just 1⁄2 cup daily delivers the benefits.
Send Well Wishes
Experts have long asserted that keeping a lid on stress is one of the best blood pressure remedies. Now, new research out of Spain shows that praying for others or sending well wishes lowers BP-elevating stress levels by 63 percent. Focusing your thoughts on helping others takes your mind off your own worries, reducing the stress hormone cortisol. And prior research confirms that easing tension eliminates the inflammation that can trigger high blood pressure.
Try a Deep-Sea Remedy
A potent antioxidant (astaxanthin) found in microalgae not only prevents wrinkles, thickens hair and eases aches, it can also lower blood pressure by 11 points in eight weeks, reveals new research in the Asian Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Investigators credit the compound’s ability to gently relax blood vessels. One to try: Naomi Organic Astaxanthin (Buy on Amazon, $34.99). Note: Check with a doctor before supplementing.
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