ONE of the most telling health hazards among Nigerians in 2012 was chronic high blood. In several cases, it led to heart disease and death. Many  may not know it, but this condition can be tackled naturally without  drug interventions.

Here are four ways to help naturally lower your blood pressure in 2013 and beyond without the need for prescription drugs:

Eat lots of garlic and onions  Eating lots of garlic and onions can help thwart hypertension, lower circulating cholesterol, and prevent influenza and various other health conditions.

*Onion and Garlic
*Onion and Garlic

Garlic and onions  quell the arterial inflammation that often leads to high cholesterol, as well as prevent the sticking together of blood platelets following high-fat meals that may lead to clotting.

Fresh garlic cells contain the amino acid alliin, considered to be the most active garlic constituent. It appears allicin is effective in the treatment of hypertension by causing smooth muscle relaxation in arteries, as well as vasodilation, the widening of those arteries, allowing a freer flow of blood upon demand.

Supplement with hawthorn herb

A member of the rose family, hawthorn (Crataegus species) has an extensive history of use as a natural medicine for  prevention and treatment of heart disease. Hawthorn is a heart tonic. Specifically as it relates to blood pressure, both the berries and leaves of the hawthorn plant help not only to protect blood vessels from hardening, but also to dilate blood vessels and improve blood flow.

It is a mild coronary vasodilator, increasing the blood supply to the heart muscles and lessening the potential for spasms, angina, and shortness of breath in middle-aged or older individuals.

Root vegetables

A primary cause of high blood pressure is mineral deficiency, which can quite easily be rectified through dietary modifications that incorporate more mineral-rich root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, and beets could help drastically lower  blood pressure. They are typically rich in potassium, a mineral that has been shown to help normalise blood pressure. .

Reduce refined sugar, take more magnesium.

Excess sugar consumption can lead to insulin resistance, which is directly linked to high blood pressure.

Sugar also prevents magnesium from properly nourishing the cells.

Cutting out sugar and supplementing with high-quality magnesium citrate,  can help restore magnesium reserves and normalise blood sugar levels, which in turn will help balance blood pressure.

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