Juicing is becoming a frequent approach to try and lower blood pressure. High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the most common preventable cardiovascular risk factors. It’s difficult to detect as it is largely without symptoms. Issues such as anxiety, fatigue, headaches, nausea, drowsiness, shortness of breath and palpitations could be warning signals. It is recommended that all adults should be screened for high blood pressure routinely. .
Diet, stress, and obesity are contributing factors to consistently high blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage, aneurysms and other illnesses.
Taking different juices and smoothies will have an impact on reducing blood pressure. The NHS has an Eatwell Guide to help anyone with hypertension who wants to make healthy changes to their diet. Drinking juices is another great way to incorporate the recommended 5-a-day fruit and veg.
You can mix a variety of fruit and veg into juicers and smoothies. Have a read through the below natural juices which we know may lower blood pressure.
Nitric oxide helps the blood vessels relax and dilate, which increases the blood flow throughout the body. Eating and drinking produce that boost nitric oxide levels may reduce high blood pressure for a few hours, sometimes even up to days. Creating your own juicing recipe is easy, all you need are the ingredients and a juicer. Mix the ingredients in your juicer until the consistency is liquified enough to drink comfortably. You can always add a small amount of water if the consistency is too thick. Our recommended dosage is 1 to 3 servings of juice daily. Below we discuss the best juicing recipes to try.
Green juice also known as vegetable juice has many vegetables included that are nitrate and potassium heavy. Both solutes enhance blood flow in the body.
Any juice containing beets will always be filled with nitrates. We have a recipe with some adjustments specifically for hypertension.
This natural recipe combines spinach that is known to have strengthening nutrients for the heart, such as folate and magnesium. Spinach also has lutein, which is known to help prevent the artery walls from thickening and therefore may help lower the risk of high blood pressure and strokes. The recipe also contains potassium and polyphenol-rich apples and other blood pressure reducing ingredients such as cucumber, parsley, lemon and ginger.
This recipe is great if you like the taste of refreshing juice. It has natural sweeteners that soothe your tastebuds and all the ingredients are known to lower blood pressure. Carrots have phenolic compounds and caffeic acids that reduce inflammation and strain of the blood vessels.
Drinking a glass of beetroot juice can help lower blood pressure according to research done at Queen Mary University London, as beets contain high amounts of nitrates.
Disclaimer: If you have hypertension, we encourage you to speak to your healthcare professional if you plan to take juicing recipes.