I’m a fan of supplements. You probably know that by now.
But my favorite natural remedies for everything from high blood pressure to headaches aren’t the ones you’ll find in capsules or pills. They’re the ones found naturally in food.
Those minor changes we make to what we eat – a sprinkle of this, a dash of that – can often have a major impact on our health.
And today, I want to share with you a favorite of mine. Because you can pick it up in one of the most unlikely places. And that’s the condiments aisle at our local grocery store.
I’m talking about capers. And despite their humble nature, they can dramatically change the health profile of any dish they’re added to for the better.
Most importantly, capers could help with an age-old health problem that often leads to a lifetime of medication. In fact, you might already be taking meds for it yourself right now.
Capers could help reduce your blood pressure.
Knock points off your blood pressure NATURALLY
Capers are actually the tiny pickled flower buds of a common Mediterranean shrub.
They’re often mentioned on menus with a flourish as if they’re rare and gourmet. And since many folks don’t get into the habit of using capers at home, they can seem a little exotic.
But in reality, they’re so ordinary you can buy them in the supermarket condiment aisle for just a few bucks a jar. They’re usually right next to the pickles and olives.
And I’m betting you’re going to be adding them to your next shopping list when you find out how potent these little green gems are.
Less than half a cup of capers contains anywhere between 180 and 230 mg of quercetin. And that’s a big deal because one of quercetin’s top health benefits is supporting heart health.
In a huge analysis of 17 clinical trials, researchers confirmed this caper-derived compound (also found in apples, citrus, and onions) is a true heart-health hero. In fact, the scientists concluded that this potent plant pigment can…
- help boost “good” HDL cholesterol
- cut dangerous triglycerides
- reduce systolic blood pressure
In fact, quercetin could reportedly help knock three points off the systolic or top number of your blood pressure. And if you’re familiar with hypertension, you know that three points can be pretty significant.
It could mean the difference between a higher dose of a blood pressure med or a lower one. Or if you have borderline hypertension, that drop could even mean getting off the drugs altogether.
That’s especially true if you end up being one of the lucky folks who respond to quercetin so well that it reduces systolic blood pressure by up to five points.
Beat hypertension without more meds
I personally love to add capers to egg salads and tuna salads. They’re delicious in chicken dishes mixed in with some fresh veggies. Plus, when I’m indulging in some pizza or pasta, I toss them on top too.
But if you want the blood pressure benefits and simply aren’t a capers fan, no problem. Quercetin is also available as a supplement on its own and in more comprehensive antioxidant blends.
Check the supplement aisle or look online for a variety of choices.
But if you find you need a little more help to reign in your blood pressure after trying the “condiment cure,” don’t despair. I recently wrote about another natural intervention that could help tame hypertension.
Click here to discover how you could knock up to ANOTHER seven points off your systolic blood pressure.
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