High blood pressure is common condition that affects 1 of every 4 American adults. It is a condition in which blood flows through the arteries at higher than normal pressure, and can result in complications like heart disease, kidney disease, hardening of the arteries, and stroke.
Although there are many synthetic medications used for lowering high blood pressure, we’d like you to offer you a more natural remedy.
Blueberries may be the key in solving you problem. Namely, these blue vitamin bombs are not only good when it comes to promoting good health, but they have the ability to lower the blood pressure.
A recent study published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, revealed out that adding a blueberry smoothie into the daily diet of post-menopausal women suffering from high blood pressure has resulted with a decrease of the systolic blood pressure by 5%, and a decrease of the diastolic blood pressure by 6%.
The study also found out that the blood levels of nitric oxide, which is responsible for widening the blood vessels and increasing the blood flow, marked a drop of 69%.
According to the researchers, this striking decrease is probably due to the presence of the anthocyanins in blueberries. These potent flavonoid antioxidants are very important in balancing the nitric oxide production, and are known to reduce inflammation.
Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 Banana
- 8 oz of hemp milk
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter
Bland all the ingredients in a blender until you get smooth mixture. Taste for thickness. If you find it too thick, add some more milk. Consume the smoothie in the morning.
If you’re already taking therapy prescribed by your doctor you should continue to take it. Consult your doctor before discontinuing any prescribed medications.