While you may have been told by mainstream doctors that high blood pressure is something you'll suffer and struggle with forever, this is simply not true. Conventional medicine would have you believe that you need to take a pill everyday just to keep your blood pressure "normal," but more often than not, these often dangerous medications don't even prove successful.

The good news is, high blood pressure is not necessarily a life-time sentence and it doesn't always require prescription drugs to maintain. The truth is, some of the most effective ways to regulate your blood pressure are through exercise and a healthy diet packed with vitamins and herbs that nourish your body and cardiovascular system.

In this article we will discuss some of the numerous methods for naturally reducing and maintaining your blood pressure levels.

Exercise

If you haven't already adopted a decent exercise routine yet, now is a good time to start. Even light physical activity can have a positive effect on your cardiovascular health and in turn, help bring your high blood pressure down. You should aim to get at least 30 - 60 minutes of exercise daily. If you can incorporate light strength training and walking into your routine, you will begin to see the rewards.

If chronic stress seems to be contributing to your high blood pressure problem, then you may consider cutting your stress levels (and blood pressure and weight) down by choosing exercise like yoga that is known for promoting relaxation and decreasing stress.

Apple Cider Vinegar

There are dozens of health problems that can be greatly improved by the use of apple cider vinegar, and in the case of regulating high blood pressure, hundreds of people can attest to its efficiacy. Since apple cider vinegar is rich in calcium, potassium, and magnesium -- all of which are required in order for your body to properly regulate your blood pressure, it may just be one of the quickest and easiest ways to lower your blood pressure.

Just two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar with the "mother" added to an eight ounce glass of water (or in apple juice) and drank daily will prove useful for lowering your blood pressure.

Potassium

Potassium has been shown to have a significant impact in reducing blood pressure. The recommended amount is between 2,000 and 4,000 milligrams daily.

Trade White Rice for Red Yeast Rice

Research suggests that eating the highly nutritional food called red yeast rice -- which is made by fermenting yeast -- may lower blood pressure levels. Chinese researchers found that regular use of red yeast rice normalized blood pressure levels in mice.  600 milligrams taken two-four times daily is considered the normal dose to lower cholesterol.

Garlic

A couple of fresh garlic cloves eaten daily can have a powerful effect on high blood pressure. Mince the garlic cloves before adding them to your meals so that you release the healthy active ingredient allicin. Also be sure to avoid cooking the garlic as it can destroy the potent active ingredient.

Cayenne

Since this hot pepper has such a wide range of cardiovascular health benefits, you almost can't afford not to start including it into your diet, especially if high blood pressure is plaguing you.

Cayenne promotes blood flow, increases circulation, and more. In fact, one doctor swears by its ability to stop a heart attack when taken in a glass of water. So do your heart a favor and start using a teaspoon of cayenne every day either in a soup or chili dish or simply in your water or other beverage. The added energy boost you get from cayenne just might be enough to motivate you to exercise some, too.

Ginger

Ginger is well recognized for its possible ability to lower blood pressure and some studies have suggested that it might lower cholesterol and prevent the blood from clotting, helping in heart disease cases where the blood vessels can  become blocked, leading to a stroke or heart attack. Many people use it as a daily remedy against these common cardiovascular ailments. You can take fresh ginger daily in the form of tea or added to your food.

Aloe Vera

The gelatinous green plant is beneficial for far more than just burns. Aloe vera gel (the inner leaf) can be eaten for its numerous health benefits. Aside from being one of nature's most powerful soothing plants, aloe vera dilates capillaries and improves circulation.

Its rich Vitamin C content adds to its efficacy as a treatment for high blood pressure since Vitamin C is known to reduce blood pressure.

Aloe vera can be taken in the form of a drink as well. Simply use a blender to mix it with your daily smoothie or just cut a small piece from your aloe plant, grate the outer green shell off and eat the inner gel straight.

Hibiscus Tea

Many people who have struggled with high blood pressure can attest to the powers of hibiscus tea. Drinking a cup of 100% pure and preferably organic hibiscus tea daily is said by some to lower high blood pressure within one week.

Turmeric

No list of natural alternative remedies would be complete without mentioning the powerful Indian spice turmeric, which allows the body to better process cholesterol. 150 milligrams taken up to three times daily is often recommended to bring blood pressure down.

Nettle

The nettle plant is used to treat a plethora of health conditions throughout the body, namely high blood pressure. Use nettle leaf in your daily tea to improve blood pressure as well as relieve inflammation, and boost your immune system.

Motherwort

Aside from its use for decreasing anxiety levels, motherwort is known as a heart tonic with many heart-healthy benefits that make it worthy of being in your cabinet. It can help regulate blood pressure, heart rythym, arrhythmia,  and palpitations. Chinese medicine considers motherwort to be a heart-strengthening herb that promotes a healthy cardiovascular system.

Celery

The seeds, roots, and leaves of raw celery have a place in any heart-health regimen thanks to its blood pressure lowering compounds called phthalides. It's also rich in magnesium, potassium, and calcium, which contributes to a healthy circulatory system. In Ayurvedic medicine, celery is used in the treatment of congestive heart conditions.

Hawthorn

Used to treat high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, angina, arteriosclerosis, cardiac arrhythmia, myocarditis, and even congestive heart failure, the hawthorn berry's magnicifent ability to promote a healthy cardiovascular system is too great to be overlooked. 

Hawthorn berry, consumed regularly is said to strengthen the heart, blood vessels, and vascular system. Hawthorn berry may also restore the muscle wall of the heart.

Passionflower

Like motherwort, the passionflower plant has both anti-anxiety and blood pressure lowering properties -- thanks to the harmane alkaloid content. It also helps regulate heart rate and reduce palpitations. Passionflower may relax the arteries and help them expand. Passionflower is most often taken in tea form.

About the Author

Julio Yacub is the president of Green Organic Supplements, Inc. Green Organics Supplements has become one of the renowned producers of supplements with the best ingredients, the right extract potencies, and ingredient in perfect synergy. Green Organic supplements has become synonymous of excellence with a philosophy of care in mind, founded on quality and control, something very difficult to achieve and practice.

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