Yes, garlic can help to lower blood pressure. Which is a good thing because I love garlic and use it all the time in salad dressings and pasta sauces.
If garlic really isn’t your ‘cup of tea’ it’s available in a convenient supplement form. You can get garlic capsules that come with the benefits of natural garlic but without the delicious taste and aroma that some don’t care for.
Coenzyme Q, or CoQ10, is a supplement that is getting popular lately as a supplement that can help reduce blood pressure levels. It’s a powerful antioxidant and can help with migraine headaches too. Sometimes it is combined with hawthorn to increase its effectiveness.
I take hawthorn tincture every morning but haven’t tried CoQ10 yet. If anyone has noticed good results from Coenzyme please leave a comment.
Then there’s fish oil which is good for reversing high cholesterol or lowering blood pressure. Fish oil helps to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol levels, which is good. Fish oil also contains DHA which helps the brain function properly, as well as lowering blood pressure. I take two capsules of cod liver oil (1100 mg in total) every morning.
Calcium, magnesium, and potassium also help lower high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels. Calcium also strengthens bones and teeth, while magnesium (they say) helps maintain your sense of calm and well-being. Keeping adequate potassium levels in your blood is essential to balance the salt levels and keep you blood pressure down.
Folic acid (a B vitamin) is also important to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels and good cholesterol levels. As well as helping to lower blood pressure, folic acid reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. It can also promote better memory function. I can remember all this because I usually take a folic acid supplement at least one a week.
On top of this healthy lifestyle of good food and supplements be sure to get some exercise. Go for a walk, stretch those muscles, smell the roses, say hi to your neighbors.
Here’s a little secret: Often I feel lazy. I don’t feel like exercising. But I force myself to get out there for a walk anyway. And you know what? Once I’m out there I really enjoy it and am glad I’m out.
Don’t let the thought of exercise put you off. Do it anyway and you’ll be happy you did. You feel better, more relaxed, and your blood pressure will only come down because of it.
Take care all,