In addition to the medication your health care provider will prescribe for high blood pressure there are many natural treatments you can follow to help lower your blood pressure. If you are able to get your blood pressure under control, you might be able to come off the medication and no longer need it.
Garlic has many medicinal properties in addition to helping lower high blood pressure. Garlic is available in many different forms, including fresh garlic cloves, minced garlic, garlic powder and dietary supplements.
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Garlic can be added to your favorite foods to add flavor instead of adding salt. If you are worried about bad breath, then you can take the supplements instead.
Hawthorn berries, leaves and flowers can be used to help lower high blood pressure when consumed on a regular basis. This herb comes in an extract form as well as a dietary supplement. If you are using the extract, you should use a few drops in hot teas, beverages and in recipes to add flavoring. You should not use the pure extract without diluting it down. The dietary supplement comes in pill or tablets.
Fish oil provides omega-3 fatty acids that the body needs. These fatty acids are good for the body and actually help with many benefits, including lowering high blood pressure. Consuming more fish can also help increase omega-3 in the body, but farm raised fish do not contain as much of this acid as fish caught directly from the ocean.
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Fish oil is available as a dietary supplement in gel caps or capsules and should be consumed daily after you eat a normal meal. Fish oil can also help lower cholesterol levels and reduce risks for heart disease.
Folic acid is one of the B vitamins. Folic acid is found mainly in wheat products, citrus fruits, spinach and asparagus.
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If you do not consume enough of these products each day, then a dietary supplement might work better for you. Folic acid helps reduce high blood pressure by improving the flow of blood through the body.
All of these items are available either at your local grocery store, health food store or pharmacy.