Simmer Down: 13 Medicine-Free Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Don't let hypertension keep you down. Lowering your numbers can be as easy as a drinking cup of tea (14 Photos)

Brenda Kearns on Oct 4, 2012 at 4:37PM

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Simmer Down: 13 Medicine-Free Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

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Cook with Cardamom

When folks with hypertension add 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom to their daily diets, it helps normalize their blood pressure in as little as 12 weeks, according to a study published in the Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics. This exotic spice is packed with plant compounds that keep the muscles of your heart and arteries relaxed, so pressure surges are less likely to occur, study authors say. Cardamom has a spicy, slightly citrusy flavor, and it’s a popular addition to meat, fish, rice, bread and even coffee in Swedish, Indian and Ethiopian cuisines.

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