13 Foods to Lower Blood Pressure

Post by Stephani Waldron-Trapp, N.D.
November 21, 2015

There are several foods that can benefit vascular health and improve blood pressure. Foods that are rich in fiber, flavonoids, antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients all play a role in cardiovascular protection.

Here is a list of 13 healthy foods to help lower blood pressure:

Flaxseed: A rich source of several nutrients and fiber.

Dark chocolate: A tasty food that is associated with the production of nitric oxide, a substance that widens blood vessels.

Berries, especially blueberries, are rich in natural compounds called flavonoids.

Olive oil: Contains polyphenols which are wonderful for cardiovascular health

Beets: Beets eaten whole, juiced or taken as dried beet root powder.

Leafy greens like romaine lettuce, arugula, kale, turnip greens, collard greens, and spinach are high in potassium.

Bananas: High in potassium but also high in carbohydrates, so best eaten partially green.

Potatoes: High in potassium but also high in carbohydrates, so best eaten with a source of protein and fat.

Avocados: high in potassium and a great healthy source of fat.

Pistachios: just one serving a day!

Pure pomegranate juice: 1 cup a day of unsweetened juice.

Wild caught salmon: a fish high in omega 3 fatty acids.

Hibiscus tea: an herb that is high in antioxidants.

While increasing consumption of these foods can help improve cardiovascular health and lower blood pressure, there are several other factors to consider as well. For a comprehensive evaluation of what your body needs, considering your health concerns, please contact me. I would be happy to provide you with individualized recommendations for lifestyle changes and natural treatment options.