Five Natural Blood Pressure Strategies
Five natural approaches can help get to the source of the blood pressure problems and help your blood vessels relax.
Antioxidants in our food and supplements repair cells and blood vessels throughout your body. High amounts of antioxidants gradually improve the function of blood vessels and can help lower blood pressure.
Dark color vegetables and fruit typically provide more antioxidants than light color vegetables and fruit. Potatoes, apples, and bananas don’t provide as many antioxidants as sweet potatoes, oranges, squash and peppers.
You should consume 5 cups of dark color fruits and vegetables daily to have a healthy blood vessel program. If you don't consume 5 cups daily you may need to take antioxidant supplements.
Nitric Oxide (NO) helps open your blood vessels. When your blood vessels open appropriately blood pressure decreases and blood supply is improved throughout your body.
Your body can make NO from food and supplements. The best food precursors for NO include Arugula, Bok Choy, Spinach, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Celery, Red Beet Roots, Chinese cabbage, Radish, Endive, Mustard leaf, and Fennel.
Flourish Nutrition Center offers a $5 Nitric Oxide saliva screening test to see if you need extra NO support. Please wait 2-3 hours after eating and do not put anything in your mouth for at least 1 hour before coming in for your NO Screening. You’ll have your results in 10 seconds.
Magnesium helps your blood vessels to relax, open up and lower blood pressure. Most Americans consume ½ or less of the recommended intake of magnesium, 400 mg daily, from their food intake.
High magnesium food sources include dark chocolate, avocado, nuts, seeds, tofu, legumes (beans and lentils), bananas and leafy greens.
Magnesium oxide supplements are not well absorbed. I recommend magnesium citrate to help treat constipation. My favorite magnesium supplement is magnesium glycinate since it is highly absorbed.
D3 and K2
Vitamins D3 and K2 help pull calcium out of the plaque inside your blood vessel walls and move the calcium into the bones. D3 and K2 help stimulate bone growth.
Pulling the calcium out of the blood vessel walls with D3 and K2 helps soften blood vessel walls and allows the blood vessels to relax, open and lower blood pressure. This is a gradual process that takes months to years.
You can’t get enough vitamin D3 and K2 from your diet. Most people need to take supplements to obtain beneficial effects.
An ideal vitamin D3 blood level is 65. Click here if you want to make arrangements for your Vitamin D3 Blood Test.
Limiting sodium intake from foods and salt may help some people lower their blood pressure. Sodium sensitivity tends to be a genetic issue so you may or may not see your blood pressure decrease if you restrict salt and sodium.
Rarely can a person can get enough of the right foods to have a dramatic effect on blood pressure. I often use the following basic supplements in addition to the above food changes:
Essential Vasc (SAVE $5)
A D3 K2
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