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Reduce High Blood Pressure Without Prescription Drugs

Updated on August 21, 2008
Fresh herbs for your health
Fresh herbs for your health

Most people think that the only way to control high blood pressure is with prescription drugs. Actually, a trip to your local grocery store is the best place to start.

Help Control Hypertension With These Common Foods

  • Celery extract injections lowered high blood pressure significantly in lab animals. It's much easier for humans--just eat four stalks of celery a day!
  • Tomatoes are not only tasty, but they contain seven compounds that fight hypertension. So eat lots of them, any way you want.
  • One clove of garlic a day is not only good for hypertension, but it may also help to reduce your cholesterol.
  • Onions add flavor to just about anything. The bonus is that they also lower blood pressure.
  • Broccoli is great fresh or slightly steamed, and helps to control blood pressure levels.
  • Did you know that carrots will help to lower high blood pressure too?
  • Fresh or frozen cold-water fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, halibut, and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help keep blood pressure lower. Avoid fish products that have been battered or fried.
  • Sunflower seeds and nuts also help reduce high blood pressure. Avoid salted or roasted nuts or seeds as they are high in fat and sodium.

Spice Up Your Life!

Many common spices will help with hypertension too. So be sure to visit the spice aisle at the supermarket.

  • Fennel is the winner here. It contains ten compounds that lower blood pressure.
  • Oregano is the runner-up with seven.
  • Black pepper, tarragon, and basil are contenders too.
  • And if you feel like splurging, saffron is the way to go! Researchers believe that heart disease and high blood pressure is very uncommon in Spain because the Spanish use so much saffron in their cooking.

The Magnesium Connection

Many Americans are deficient in magnesium. And magnesium deficiency has been linked to hypertension.

Leafy greens, legumes like peas and beans, green beans, and whole grains are rich in magnesium, so be sure to add these foods to your diet.

Salt and Potassium

Reduce your salt intake. Be sure to read food labels!

In the meantime, add foods that contain potassium to your diet. Potassium is needed to maintain healthy blood pressure levels.

Six servings a day of avocados, bananas, oranges, prunes, and canteloupe will go a long ways towards reducing hypertension. Potatoes are rich in potassium too, but bake or boil them. Avoid french fries and processed potatoes.

Add Kelp To Your Diet

Japanese studies have shown that kelp reduces hypertension with no side effects. The Japanese eat kelp at nearly every meal. They even make noodles out of it!

Most people in the US aren't going to sit down to a meal of kelp. But you can easily add it to your diet by using a salt substitute that contains kelp.

What About Green Tea?

Once again, the Japanese drink lots of green tea. They have a much lower incidence of high blood pressure, heart disease, and strokes than American do, even though they use a lot of salt.

Try to drink a cup or two of green tea every day.


Prehypertension is a blood pressure reading between 120/80 and 139/89.

If you have prehypertension, research shows that eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress levels will lower your blood pressure as well as prescription drugs do, with no side effects.

Be sure to have your blood pressure checked regularly.

Darlene Norris is a mom and grandma who has been using herbal remedies for many years to keep her family healthy.


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    • clothespinnedlove profile image

      clothespinnedlove 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Lots of good veggies listed there. Keep eating the goods, guys! & Exercise often and daily!

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      samreen 5 years ago

      your artical is too best

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      bingskee 5 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      interesting. this will be very helpful in our battle with hypertension.

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      kellyjean 9 years ago

      Olive leaf tea is supposed to be good too to help lower blood pressure. I just discovered it! It is supposed to help with general immmunity too.