6 Drinks That Lower Blood Pressure

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There are two big risk factors for high blood pressure that are beyond your control: age and family genetics. What can you control? Everything else, which involves making smart lifestyle choices, such as being physically active, reducing your sodium intake, and eating healthfully.

If you're already doing those things, you're on the right track. But you can still kick it up a notch by watching what you quaff: These six drinks can contribute to a drop in blood pressure, especially in combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

1. Low-fat milk

How it works: Calcium deficiencies have long been linked to high blood pressure, and the inverse is also true: High calcium intake helps lower high blood pressure. It's important to choose the right type of milk for the best results, though. Low-fat milk is richer in calcium than full-fat milk, and the modest amount of fat actually helps you absorb the calcium more easily. Win-win!

Sipping suggestion: As part of a daily regimen, three servings of low-fat milk and other low-fat dairy products has been shown to help reduce systolic blood pressure.

2. Beet juice

How it works: Beets are a good source of potassium -- and a good source of folate, both of which are important in regulating blood pressure. What's more, beets contain nitrate, which is converted into nitrites once ingested. Nitrites relax smooth muscle tissue and increase blood flow. Finally, beets support healthy blood vessel function and battle homocysteine, which can damage blood vessels.

Sipping suggestion: Research suggests that one to two cups of beet juice daily can lower blood pressure immediately (within an hour of consumption) and significantly. An English study found beet juice to be as effective as nitrate tablets in treating hypertension.

3. Hibiscus tea

How it works: Like pomegranate juice, hibiscus contains bioactive phytochemicals that act as a natural ACE inhibitor. One study showed that hibiscus tea was as effective at lowering blood pressure as captopril, a prescription ACE inhibitor used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

Sipping suggestion: In one widely publicized study, three eight-ounce servings of hibiscus tea lowered prehypertensive subjects' systolic blood pressure significantly. Aim for three cups a day -- and for the best results, prepare fresh tea daily.

4. Pomegranate juice

How it works: ACE is an enzyme that raises blood pressure by creating a protein called angiotensin II, which causes your blood vessels to constrict. Pomegranate juice acts as a natural ACE inhibitor, similar to the class of medications prescribed to treat hypertension and heart failure. In one case, pomegranate juice reduced ACE by 36 percent and lowered systolic blood pressure, too. It's also been linked in a handful of recent studies to significantly reduced (up to 30 percent) arterial plaque and increased blood flow to the heart.

Sipping suggestion: Nutrition guru Jonny Bowden recommends drinking six ounces of unsweetened pomegranate juice every day. Too tart? Have two three-ounce servings cut with water or sparkling mineral water.

5. Cranberry juice

How it works: Cranberries and cranberry juice have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help prevent and reduce damage inside the blood vessels, thereby preventing an undesirable increase in blood pressure. In addition, cranberry juice may help reduce blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow. Finally, cranberries are an excellent source of blood-pressure-lowering vitamin C.

Sipping suggestion: There's no standard recommendation for the amount of cranberry juice to drink as part of a daily regimen, but be sure to go for the unsweetened variety that's 100-percent cranberry juice. At 60 calories per one-cup serving, you can have two servings and still get fewer calories than you'd get with the sweetened stuff, which averages about 130 calories per cup.

6. Water

How it works: Drinking adequate amounts of water is, quite simply, one of the healthiest, cheapest, and most effective ways that you can help lower your blood pressure. Chronic dehydration causes blood vessels to constrict, which helps the body conserve water by reducing water loss through perspiration, urination, and respiration. Unfortunately, constricted blood vessels require your heart to work harder, resulting in a spike in blood pressure.

Sipping suggestion: Most people have heard of the eight-glasses-a-day rule, even if they don't abide by it. But for a more personalized approach, divide your body weight in two. That figure -- in ounces -- is how much water you should aim to drink per day, at a minimum. For example, a 150-pound person should shoot for at least 75 ounces daily.

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over 1 year ago, said...

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almost 3 years ago, said...

Cranberry juice can actually raise my blood pressure because of its iron content (which has been my experience). The natural sweetener Stevia can lower blood pressure (I wouldn't take it while taking any pressure lowering medications, though). Apple Cider Vinegar also lowers blood pressure. Cranberry juice can actually raise my blood pressure because of its iron content (which has been my experience). The natural sweetener Stevia can lower blood pressure (I wouldn't take it while taking any pressure lowering medications, though). Apple Cider Vinegar also lowers blood pressure. Hide

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over 3 years ago, said...

I have HBP but to my surprise, my doctor was not overjoyed w/the new addition to my diet. 'Why are you drinking all of these juices?' she sternly asked. She was OK w/most of it, but since my triglycerides were high, she suggested I drop the pomegranate juice because of its high sugar content(even though it's unsweetened!) & stressed the importance of increased water intake. BTW, since beet juice seems so hard to find, can't canned, no salt added, sliced beets work just as well? I've only... Show more I have HBP but to my surprise, my doctor was not overjoyed w/the new addition to my diet. 'Why are you drinking all of these juices?' she sternly asked. She was OK w/most of it, but since my triglycerides were high, she suggested I drop the pomegranate juice because of its high sugar content(even though it's unsweetened!) & stressed the importance of increased water intake. BTW, since beet juice seems so hard to find, can't canned, no salt added, sliced beets work just as well? I've only found 1 brand of beet juice, & it was $7.99 for a mere 2 serving bottle! Hide

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over 4 years ago, said...

this was a great article, however, can you provide us with a source or link for buying beet root in bulk? I have been unable to find one. this was a great article, however, can you provide us with a source or link for buying beet root in bulk? I have been unable to find one. Hide

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over 4 years ago, said...

The bad effects of dehydration and how much water to drink for your body size is extremely helpful. It's essential to know how helpful pomegranate, cranberry and beet juice would be for lowering my blood pressure. And, I've always ignored hibiscus tea and now I find that it's one of the best things for me! I sincerely thank you for such vital information! The bad effects of dehydration and how much water to drink for your body size is extremely helpful. It's essential to know how helpful pomegranate, cranberry and beet juice would be for lowering my blood pressure. And, I've always ignored hibiscus tea and now I find that it's one of the best things for me! I sincerely thank you for such vital information! Hide

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over 4 years ago, said...

These are easy and delicious ways to supplement doctor-prescribed means of lowering blood pressure. It's important to add simple daily exercise, such as a 30 minute walk. These are easy and delicious ways to supplement doctor-prescribed means of lowering blood pressure. It's important to add simple daily exercise, such as a 30 minute walk. Hide

over 4 years ago, said...

In Febuary this year I fell and broke my risk and I spent overnight in the hospital and was told that my blood pressure was high and was put on medication and a low sodium diet. so when I came home the next day , I got the medication the doctor gave me and when I took it , it made my whole body cramp and I thought I was going to die and I thought of the low soduim diet and I went for it and my blood pressure is normal plus I exercise everyday . I ask the doctor when he was taking off the... Show more In Febuary this year I fell and broke my risk and I spent overnight in the hospital and was told that my blood pressure was high and was put on medication and a low sodium diet. so when I came home the next day , I got the medication the doctor gave me and when I took it , it made my whole body cramp and I thought I was going to die and I thought of the low soduim diet and I went for it and my blood pressure is normal plus I exercise everyday . I ask the doctor when he was taking off the cast , why doctors don't tell people about low sodium diet will low your blood pressure ? He told me he is no a medical doc , but a bone specialist and I went sodium free and I am fine and healthy ,thanks for finding information and i will only go to a doc for a cheek up or broken bone and nothing else. Hide

over 4 years ago, said...

@booboos: Caring.com's Ask & Answer page (www.caring.com/ask) has a breadth of questions, like yours, that other caregivers have asked about and received answers for. If you're still curious about your issue after you go through our database, feel free to ask a question of your own on that same page for our experts. Hope this is helpful! @booboos: Caring.com's Ask & Answer page (www.caring.com/ask) has a breadth of questions, like yours, that other caregivers have asked about and received answers for. If you're still curious about your issue after you go through our database, feel free to ask a question of your own on that same page for our experts. Hope this is helpful! Hide

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over 4 years ago, said...

The article was very helpful due to the fact I do have high blood pressure and would found that if I can lower it, and this may be the start of my trip down to lowering my blood pressure and High Chol. Thanks for the this information and now I have to put it into motion. I need the will power to do it and I'm hoping I can do it. One of my son, is into this type of food, and I will be asking him since all the food that help is what I see him eating, so it a big start for me - just pray I... Show more The article was very helpful due to the fact I do have high blood pressure and would found that if I can lower it, and this may be the start of my trip down to lowering my blood pressure and High Chol. Thanks for the this information and now I have to put it into motion. I need the will power to do it and I'm hoping I can do it. One of my son, is into this type of food, and I will be asking him since all the food that help is what I see him eating, so it a big start for me - just pray I will will power to do it. Hide