5 Delicious Drinks Drop BP
Raise your glass and lower your blood pressure. Simply sipping the following beverages may help.
Lowering high blood pressure levels can be as easy as drinking more water. Choosing this natural beverage instead of sugary drinks has a positive impact on your whole body. Try mineral water that is rich in magnesium. Studies show this mineral, along with potassium and calcium, helps regulate blood pressure.
Brew yourself a longer life with the world’s second favorite beverage. You already know that No. 1 — water — is good for you, too. An Australian study found that each daily cup of tea dropped systolic blood pressure by 2 points and diastolic pressure by 1 point. Green tea also may reduce the risk of coronary artery disease and heart attack.
If you want something more unusual, try this traditional Scandinavian drink that lowered blood pressure in a Finnish study.
Your milk doesn’t have to be fermented to knock your blood pressure down a few points. Just make sure it’s low in fat. Studies show low-fat dairy products reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure.
A Korean study found that Concord grape juice, which is rich in polyphenols, lowers blood pressure.
On the other hand, some beverages do more harm than good. For instance, beer and wine both raise blood pressure. Caffeinated drinks also pose a problem. Coffee boosts blood pressure in the short term, but its long-term effects on blood pressure remain unclear. However, colas — even diet colas — may increase your risk of developing high blood pressure. Beware of energy drinks, which contain up to four times the caffeine of a regular soda.
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- FC&A Staff Writer