It is very common–even if it is not necessary–to see that the blood pressure is increasing with age. With medications, blood pressure usually comes down, but it may still not be as low as we would like it to be. Blood pressure medications also comes with side effects.
What else can we do?
A low glycemic index high nutrient diet and regular exercise would make a big difference, but there is also something else you can do which has shown to reduce blood pressure as effectively as medication for those with high blood pressure. It is also simple to implement.
This is the research.
The study examined the effects of daily ingestion of flax seeds on systolic and diastolic blood pressure (Rodriguez-Leyva D, et.al., 2013). It was a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized trial, 110 patients ingested a variety of foods that contained 30 g of milled flax seed or a placebo each day for 6 month.
After 6 months the systolic blood pressure was 10 mm Hg lower and the diastolic pressure was 7 mm Hg lower in the flax seed group compared to the placebo group.
For the participants that had a systolic blood pressure of 140 mm Hg or higher, it was an even better response with a reduction of 15 mm Hg for systolic pressure and 7 mm Hg reduction for diastolic pressure for those who ingested the flax seeds.
You can buy organic raw flax seeds and grind them in a coffee grinder for 10-15 seconds.
Either add them to different foods, or just put them in a glass, add some water and drink it down. It’s as easy as that.
Rodriguez-Leyva D, Weighell W, Edel AL, LaVallee R, Dibrov E, Pinneker R, Maddaford TG, Ramjiawan B, Aliani M, Guzman R, Pierce GN.Potent antihypertensive action of dietary flaxseed in hypertensive patients.Hypertension. 2013 Dec;62(6):1081-9.
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