These days, high blood pressure is so common, it’s tough to find a senior who HASN’T been put on meds to control it.
But let me set the record straight: There is NOTHING normal about high blood pressure.
In fact, if your levels aren’t under control, your risk of a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, dementia, and more skyrockets.
If you’re a longtime reader of my Health e-Tips, you know I’ve talked about all sorts of ways to keep your blood pressure in check.
But there is one life-saving nutrient I haven’t covered yet… keep reading on to find out.
Flaxseeds fight hypertension… naturally
For centuries, flaxseeds have been prized for their many health benefits – in fact, it has even been classified as a “super food.”
They’re loaded with nutrients, omega-3 fats, proteins, and dietary fibers.
And according to new research, this simple nutrient may also have the power to fight high blood pressure naturally.
In the study published in the journal Hypertension, researchers followed 110 patients who ate four tablespoons of milled flaxseed or a placebo every day for six months.
Researchers found this simple, easy-to-follow change lowered the systolic (top number) by 10 points and their diastolic (bottom number) pressure by 7 points.
Now, that may sound like a small drop… but that’s actually pretty mighty.
Friends, this is not the first study to report on flaxseed’s potent blood pressure benefits…
For example, a study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, researchers reviewed data from 15 previous studies including 1,302 participants. They found:
- Eating flaxseed powder for 12 weeks significantly decreased both systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels; and
- While flaxseed powder may have reduced blood pressure levels, flaxseed oil did not.
What’s more, beyond its blood pressure benefits flaxseed can also:
- Boost your heart health
- Reduce bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Reduce your risk of metabolic syndrome
- And reduce your risk of getting certain cancers
How can you get all these great benefits?
It’s as simple as looking for quality flaxseed supplements online or at your local drug store.
Or if you want to use the seed itself in your diet, you have plenty of options…
You can add it to your smoothies, salads, and soups. Or you can sprinkle it on top of your yogurt, cereal or oatmeal.
Make sure you only buy organic flaxseed. While the cost may be a little higher, it will be worth it to avoid chemicals commonly found in flaxseed.
And always get whole flaxseed, if you can. Keep it stored in a tightly closed container in your refrigerator.