Up to HALF… 50 percent. That’s how many American adults over 50 experts estimate are battling high blood pressure.
I think we can all agree. As far as statistics go, that’s a pretty staggering one. At the same time, I think we can ALSO all admit it’s somehow nice to know that you’re not alone in this struggle. Sort of the old, “misery loves company” situation.
It’s not your fault. The cards are stacked against you.
As you add candles to your birthday cake, blood pressure often starts to rise. As your middle spreads and you add a little more junk to the trunk, your blood pressure tends to climb. And as you continue to eat the typical ultra-processed and carb-heavy Western diet that’s the norm here… you guessed it… you head even further down the path to hypertension.
There are some obvious things you can try that may help bring your numbers down. You know, like shedding a few pounds and switching to a lower-carb diet full of fresh ingredients.
But the truth is, for many folks, those lifestyle changes don’t always cut it. Or maybe they nudge your numbers in the right direction but don’t quite make it to the golden zone.
That’s where the “condiment cure” could help. As researchers have uncovered a natural solution that could help tame your blood pressure. And one of the BEST sources of this powerful nutrient can literally be found in the condiment aisle at your local grocery store.
How the humble caper could help with hypertension
It’s true. You could potentially trim a few points off of your blood pressure using a common food you may even have in your fridge right now.
Heck, with your doc’s thumbs-up, you may even be able to cut back a bit on any hypertension drugs you’re taking.
Because it turns out a nutrient you may never have even heard of before… quercetin… could help tame your hypertension. This common flavonoid is found naturally in several fruits and veggies, including apples, grapes, cherries, onions, and broccoli.
But by far, the best source of quercetin is that condiment-aisle item I mentioned earlier. And that’s the humble caper.
Now I get it. Unless you’re a “bagel with the works” kind of person, you might not encounter capers all that often in your own kitchen. But it might be time to change that. And before long, you could find they’re a permanent fixture in YOUR fridge like they are in MINE.
I use capers in soups, salads, and over fish, pasta, and chicken. They even make a delicious addition to sandwiches.
Knock points off your blood pressure NATURALLY
Capers are actually the little pickled flower buds of a common Mediterranean shrub. And less than half a cup of these little green gems contains anywhere between 180 and 230 mg of quercetin.
That’s significant because, in a huge analysis of 17 clinical trials, researchers confirmed quercetin is a heart-health hero. To begin with, the potent plant pigment can help boost HDL “good” cholesterol and cut triglycerides. But the benefits don’t end there.
Quercetin could also help knock THREE points off the systolic or top number of your blood pressure. And as anyone familiar with blood pressure can tell you, that’s significant. It could even mean the difference between a higher dose of a med or a lower one.
Or, for folks who have a borderline case of hypertension, it could mean getting off the drugs altogether. And that’s especially true if you end up being one of the lucky ducks who lose up to FIVE points off their pressure.
And, of course, if you simply aren’t a capers fan quercetin is also available as a supplement on its own and in more comprehensive antioxidant blends. Check the supplement aisle or online for a variety of choices.
But if you find you need a little more help after trying the “condiment cure,” don’t despair. I recently wrote about another natural intervention that could help tame your blood pressure. Click here to discover how you could knock up to ANOTHER seven points off your systolic blood pressure.