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Published on September 21st, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

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What to Add to Green Smoothies to Help With High Blood Pressure

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Dear Friends,

Often you ask me which fruits, greens, or veggies are good for particular illnesses. The following tips can help recover from high blood pressure. You may add one or more of these ingredients. Let food be thy medicine!

Strawberry
Strawberries provide an excellent source of Vitamins C and K, fiber, and flavonoids. They also offer a very good source of vitamin B1, iodine, manganese,and pantothenic acid. Strawberries are also a good source of vitamin B6, folic acid, and biotin. Strawberries have been linked with numerous health benefits, one of which is reducing high blood pressure.

cherry tomato

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Tomato
Tomatoes are a very good source of potassium and niacin, Vitamin B6, and folate. Niacin has been used for years as a safe way to lower high cholesterol levels. Diets rich in potassium have been shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Vitamin B6 and folate are both needed by the body to convert a potentially dangerous chemical called homocysteine into other, benign molecules. High levels of homocysteine, which can directly damage blood vessel walls, are associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. All of these nutrients work together to make tomatoes a truly heart-healthy food.

Cucumber
Cucumber is a very good source of potassium, an important intra-cellular electrolyte. Potassium helps reduce blood pressure and heart rates by countering effects of sodium. Cucumbers have mild diuretic property due to their high water content, which is helpful in checking weight loss and high blood pressure.

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Guava
Guavas are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, They are high in dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, potassium, copper and manganese. Guava has been found to be beneficial for people suffering from a number of ailments, one of which is, high blood pressure.

Green Onion
Green onions are rich in chromium, Vitamin C, fiber, manganese, Vitamin B 6, tryptophan, folate, potassium, phosphorus, and copper. Among other healing properties, green onions lower blood sugar, decrease risk of high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Wheatgrass & Wheatgrass Juice
Wheatgrass is one of nature’s superfoods. Wheatgrass juice contains power-packed nutrition and healing properties in a concentrated and easily assimilated form. Wheatgrass contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and large amounts of chlorophyll. Wheatgrass juice contains most of the vitamins and minerals needed for human maintenance.

It is a whole meal and a complete protein with about 30 enzymes and is approximately 70% crude chlorophyll. Wheatgrass is also an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulfur, cobalt, and zinc. Wheatgrass juice enhances the blood capillaries, thereby reducing high blood pressure, and improves blood formation. It is useful for a long list of other conditions.

List compiled by Victoria Boutenko, based on www.NutritionData.com and gathered on the Green Smoothie iPhone App.

What to Add to Green Smoothies to Help With High Blood Pressure republished with permission.

Victoria

Victoria Boutenko is the award-winning author of Green For Life, Green Smoothie Revolution, Raw Family: A True Story of Awakening, 12 Steps to Raw Foods, and Raw Family Signature Dishes. A raw gourmet chef, teacher, inventor, researcher, artist, and a mother of three, she teaches classes on healthy living all over the world. As a result of her teachings, millions of people are drinking green smoothies and eating raw food. Boutenko continues to travel worldwide sharing her green raw cuisine and her inspiring story of determination. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.

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