It can happen to the best of us. You walk into your routine doctor’s appointment like usual but walk out with a new label attached.
Your doctor diagnoses you with high blood pressure, and you’re no longer just YOU. You’re now a “hypertension” patient. And you have the pills to prove it.
But what if I told you that you may be able to tame your blood pressure without the meds? Because that could be a reality. A stunning new report reveals a simple plan to reverse hypertension, one of this nation’s most medicated health conditions.
It’s an easy solution that could help you…
- cut your blood pressure
- reverse hypertension
- protect your blood vessels
- avoid sickening medication
- ward off the worst effects of heart disease
And best of all? All you have to do is eat THREE foods that I can almost guarantee you already LOVE.
The key to better blood pressure is hiding in plain sight
The secret lies in flavanols. These healthy plant compounds are found in some of the world’s most delicious treats, including a couple that you might be mistakenly avoiding.
Because if it’s delicious, it has to be BAD for you, right? Well, lucky for us, that’s simply not true. And in fact, the new study finds it’s definitely not the case for some of the tastiest, crave-worthy snacks you can imagine.
I’ll have more on those in just a moment. But first, let’s take a closer look at those flavanols.
These vital compounds are officially part of the polyphenol family. But in many ways, they’re in a class by themselves as studies have found they can literally help block the damage of age on cells and even on your very DNA.
But the new study focused on one particular benefit of these compounds, and that’s better blood pressure. They found that folks with the highest levels of flavanols in the diet had naturally lower blood pressure.
According to the researchers, on average, boosting your flavanol intake could cut blood pressure between 2 and 4 points.
Now, I get it. If you aren’t super familiar with blood pressure readings, norms, and medications, that may not sound like too much of an improvement. But trust me when I tell you it IS a big deal.
In fact, it’s close to the benefits you see with some heavy-duty blood pressure drugs. Plus, it’s also the kind of improvement you’d expect to get by following the DASH diet, which is specifically designed to cut blood pressure.
Except in the case of the flavanol-linked improvements, you’re not popping hypertension pills or adhering to a super strict diet to get those same benefits. You’ve just got to boost those all-important flavanols.
3 delicious treats help fight hypertension
So HOW do you bump up your flavanol levels? Well, you could do it with a supplement. And in some cases, it might be worth considering.
But the people in the new study who enjoyed these circulation-boosting benefits got them the good old-fashioned way. They snacked on flavanol-rich foods, including THREE that I’m sure you already adore:
Berries: A small bowl of nature’s candy won’t just deliver that great berry taste. You’ll get a burst of flavanols, too. Add them to your yogurt or smoothies, or just eat them out of a bowl. I toss a handful onto my rolled oats every morning.
Nuts: We all love nuts, but some folks avoid them because they’re high in calories. Don’t let that scare you off – they’re GOOD calories and a great source of flavanols. A small fistful makes a perfect blood-pressure-friendly snack.
Cocoa: Yes, that’s cocoa as in chocolate. How awesome is that? Last year, one study found that a regular dark chocolate habit could help cut your systolic blood pressure by 3.5 mmHg and diastolic by 2.3 mmHg. Just be sure to choose one with a high cocoa content… aim for 70 percent or higher… and avoid the junky sugar-packed stuff.
You can also get flavanols from tea, apples, and even red wine. But keep in mind the types of flavanols in each food varies. So for the BEST results, mix it up a little and get different kinds on different days.
But believe it or not, cutting blood pressure is only the beginning of the benefits flavanols bring to the table. Research published earlier this year found they can help protect your brain against cognitive decline and even dementia. Discover all the juicy details right here.
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