Your health insurance is often based on thing like blood pressure, cholesteral and glucose levels. The following natural supplements are known to lower the levels of all of these.
Beetroot juice is one of the richest dietary sources of antioxidants and naturally occurring nitrates. Nitrates are compounds which improve blood flow throughout the body – including the brain, heart, and muscles. These natural nitrates increase a molecule in the blood vessels called nitric oxide, which helps open up the vessels and allows more oxygen flow as well as lower blood pressure.
Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
Foods that contain omega-3 EFAs have been found to lower blood pressure just as well as exercising and limiting salt intake, according to The American Journal of Hypertension.
There are lots of sources of omega-3s that are great for adding into smoothies, like flax seeds (which are more effective than any hypertensive drug on the market), chia seeds, and walnuts. And even flax and chia seeds’ omega-3s can be improved by sprouting them, or getting them already sprouted for you.
This nutrient is important for blood pressure regulation because a deficiency of it can cause it to rise. Calcium works with magnesium to contract and relax muscles as needed, and muscle is what surrounds the arteries and veins, allowing the vessels to also contract and expand, regulating blood pressure.
If calcium is deficient, it could cause the muscles to contract too much, creating higher blood pressure. Smoothie-ready foods loaded with calcium include kale, spinach, collard greens, almonds, sesame and chia seeds, rhubarb, and figs.
A deficiency of magnesium can also cause hypertension. Any constriction in blood vessels can cause blood pressure to rise, and magnesium is important for dilating (opening up) blood vessels.
The best sources of this mineral that go well in your daily smoothie include nuts and seeds (and their butters), spinach, Swiss chard, and delicious cacao.
This mineral is often prescribed to offset high sodium levels, so increasing it in your diet is a natural way to combat the imbalance. We need a higher ratio of potassium to sodium for optimal health than the average American is getting, as well, so it’s important to incorporate potassium-rich foods like bananas, apples, avocados, papaya, carrots, Swiss chard, winter squash, flax and more into the diet. These foods are all great smoothie additions that offer a variety of beneficial nutrients.
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