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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Serve Barley

It’s a simple, inexpensive side dish, and USDA researchers say enjoying one heaping cup daily can help lower your blood pressure in as little as five weeks. Barley’s artery-relaxing compounds, including soluble fiber, selenium and manganese, get the credit, says Michael F. Roizen, M.D., author of You: The Owner’s Manual.

For best results, buy the less-processed, more nutrient-rich barley that’s available at your local health food store. Barley tastes great cooked up like oatmeal or rice, it adds a hearty goodness to soups and stews, and can be cooked, cooled and then tossed with fresh veggies and vinaigrette to make a tasty salad.

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