Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a serious health problem that can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. A blood pressure reading of 140/90 mm Hg or above is considered high. Hypertension usually is diagnosed when a person has a sustained high reading over a certain period of time

Common causes or contributing factors of hypertension are obesity, genetic factors, excessive drinking, high salt intake, lack of aerobic exercise, stress, birth control pills, pain relievers, kidney disease, and adrenal disease.

Medication is often prescribed for hypertension. You can also help control it with simple natural remedies.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for high blood pressure.
(Out of the 10, we have covered 3 highly effective home remedies in this video as well.)

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1. Lemons

Lemons help keep blood vessels soft and pliable and by removing any rigidity, high blood pressure will be reduced. In addition, you can help lower your chance of heart failure by consuming lemon juice regularly, due to its vitamin C content. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals.

Simply drink a cup of warm water with the juice from half a lemon added to it each morning on an empty stomach. For best results, do not add salt or sugar.

2. Watermelon Seeds

Watermelon seeds contain a compound called cucurbocitrin, which helps widen the blood capillaries. At the same time, it also helps improve kidney functioning. This in turn reduces blood pressure levels and also helps a lot with arthritis.

Also, a 2010 Florida State pilot study found that watermelon can help lower blood pressure due to its vasodilatory effect.

  • Grind equal quantities of dried watermelon seeds and poppy seeds (khus khus). Take one teaspoon of this mixture in the morning on an empty stomach and again in the evening.
  • Alternatively, add two teaspoons of gently crushed, dried watermelon seeds to one cup of boiled water. Steep it for about an hour, then strain it. Take four tablespoons of this water at regular intervals throughout the day.

3. Garlic

Several studies have demonstrated blood pressure lowering effects of garlic. Both raw and cooked garlic help control high blood pressure and at the same time reduce cholesterol levels. Garlic helps relax blood vessels by stimulating the production of nitric oxide and hydrogen sulfide.

  • Eat one or two crushed garlic cloves daily. You can simply crush them with your hands. Crushing garlic cloves creates hydrogen sulfide, a compound that promotes good blood flow, removes gas and reduces the pressure on the heart. If you do not like eating raw garlic or if it causes a burning sensation, then take it along with a cup of milk.
  • You can also mix five or six drops of garlic juice in four teaspoons of water and take it twice a day.

4. Banana

Bananas are one fruit that people with high blood pressure can eat regularly to control it. Bananas are a rich source of potassium, which lessens the effect of sodium.

So, try to eat one or two bananas daily. Along with bananas, you can try dried apricots, raisins, currants, orange juice, spinach, zucchini, baked sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and winter squash.

5. Celery

The high level of the phytochemical 3-N-butylphthalide present in celery greatly helps control high blood pressure. Phthalides help relax the muscles in and around arterial walls, thereby creating more space and allowing the blood to flow in without difficulty.

At the same time, it can help reduce the stress hormones that constrict blood vessels, which contributes to high blood pressure.

Try to eat one stalk of celery along with a glass of water daily. If you prefer, you can munch on celery throughout the day.

6. Coconut Water

People with high blood pressure must keep their bodies well hydrated. It is a good idea to drink eight to 10 glasses of water daily. Coconut water is particularly beneficial for lowering blood pressure.

A 2005 study published in the West Indian Medical Journal found that coconut water, being rich in potassium, magnesium and vitamin C can help decrease systolic blood pressure. Along with coconut water, you can also use coconut oil when cooking.

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  1. I have high BP at night every other day so I hope these home remedies would be helpful for me.

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    • Lemon is also good for high blood pressure. My dad has suffered from hypertension for years and Rx medication just did not work for him. So he began using a whole squeezed lemon(half if your under 150lbs)in a cup of warm water at least twice a day(you can add two tablespoons of honey to sweeten) and his blood pressure has come down drastically. He is no longer in hypertensive state after only a week of drinking lemon water.

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      • Good news but before the lemon juice was your father drinking tea and coffee instead…
        Stopping coffee in itself would help the blood pressure.
        I have begun using lemon juice but wondered about the previous influence of the coffee in your father’s case

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        • I stopped coffee, and have seen no change in my blood pressure. I just placed an order for an herbal mixture from famousherbs.com and am hopeful. Also, I just read yesterday about the lemon juice helping a lot. I am being more mindful of the dietary importance with lots of vegetables.

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      • Ok iam trying the lemon and honey. I real hope I can get off the blood pressure pills. Iam doing it early in the morning on a empty stomach and at night before bed.
        Thanks for the information

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      • My BP reading during the day fluctuates. I want proper guidance from an expert. I take medication for cholesterol, BP, Thyroid. along with that recently started lemon and onions. will it become double dose. I have bulge belly and feels tired to walk so I stop few seconds and continue walking. Thanks.

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    • thankyou

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  2. My mom eat celery and banana on a regular basis. She doesn’t have a high BP but I guess she just want to be cautious. And I believe it helped her a lot.

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  3. shelly ann henry March 6, 2013, 10:43 pm

    i have high blood pressure during pregnancy and it’s been affecting me ever since but am hoping that it will go away soon.

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  4. Aurangzeb Humayun Chowdhry April 9, 2013, 1:20 pm

    In order to controll the High Blood Pressure valueable information has given to the masses.Author really deserve appreciation for this commendable job.

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  5. Last few week suddenly i got BP high . i was feeling giddy and i was not able to speak properly or couldnot speak words clearly and i was almost unconcious it was my first attack that’s why i didnot know what’s going on ? later on doctor told i got high BP . now i m taking medicians but after reading this ( Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure ) i get more help from here . Thank you for your loving care and also let me thank to my brother who sent me this link to read it . May Almighty Father Bless you both

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  6. Hi, this is a nice article.

    am obese and recently had a high blood pressure situation. now after taking sarpa gandha for few days, my BP is normal.

    I’m planning to try the following – please correct if wrong

    morning – empty stomach – 3 cloves of garlic crushed and swallow with 60ml hot water
    morning – empty stomach – drink 90 ml of warm water mixed with 2 tsp honey and juice from one half lemon

    also, iam taking CH Balance and Coenzyme along with Triphala juice in empty stomach in the morning.

    will there be any issues with the above combination. thanks in advance for feedback

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  7. Wonderful insight.These are things that are almost free to get and use and so why spend so much on medications.

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  8. Godfrey Ininuma May 28, 2013, 2:13 pm

    Thanks for this education. I really appreciate it. I never knew i’m hypertensive, not until i went for checkup & find out that am reading ,160/110. I’m on drugs now, but i think i stil need take these home remedies. Thank you very much.

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    • I was wondering what natural ways are you using to lower your blood pressure and has it worked for you. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.

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  9. Karamjeet singh May 29, 2013, 4:35 am

    I’ve tried lemon juice with honey in lukewarm water and five clove of garlic every morning empty stomach and watermelon seeds with milk at bed time. It really works wonder. It gave wonderful results.

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  10. Thank you very much for such useful tips. My father has got high BP. I was searching home remedies. I found this article very helpful. Thank you once again.

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  11. Glad I found this site as my hubby just told me that his bp has been really high lately. He’s not been to the Dr nor been diagnosed but I will now start some of these home remedies and soon when affordable, we’ll go to the doc. Thx again.

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  12. AKUOKO CLEMENT June 11, 2013, 1:24 am

    I had hypertension measurement of 180/i40mmHg. I relied on just banana, lemon juice and garlic to control it.You may use the banana to eat the garlic raw without the burning sensation since banana when chewed with garlic serves as a lubricant in the mouth. Bite off 1/3rd of banana and as you chew it put in one clove of garlic and chew both as a mixture , bite in another bit to reduce the burning sensation . Continue for the other 2 cloves using two bananas.Finish off with 1/2 lemon juice. I do this 1hour after low fatty less salty diner. Avoid alcohol and stress by watching films

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  13. The garlic is so good in food, and shouldn’t be torturous to eat alone. I always add it raw at the table. It is so tasty with beans and it supposed to help with gas, too. I have read in Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Dr. Balch and Phyliss Balch, C.N.C. to use Suma Herb tea plus many other helpful choices. I hope to find it in a health food store or asian market.

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  14. My doctor has informed me that my body produces excessive numbers of red blood platelets that will clump together and
    accumulating in the blood stream. Since then I’ve been put on the generic drug hydro-urea 500 mg capsule to counteract this.
    The primary problem is that of the side effects associated with chemotherapy drugs . . . hair loss. Does Cayenne Pepper pre-vent the clumping together of platelets in the blood stream and accumulating in the blood stream?

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    • Richard Maloney July 15, 2013, 4:17 am

      Not sure –seems –something is not right. Witch chemo therapy — to prevent attack of white cells –to prevent infections –they give Booster shots ( instead of antibiotics) to
      increase red blood cells — –cayenne pepper — will not help..

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  15. very nice article,very useful….i will start lemon juice from tomorrow morning….thankyou very much for the article

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  16. worthsharing article, thank you so much!

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  17. I consumed a lot of ice tea the other day it was just so hot out working.I could fel my self get dizzy.So I made my own lemonade the old way,I drank many glasses of that.We were playing high blood pressure with my machine with friend every one was way normal I was 165/105.I hadn’t eaten I ate dinner and kept drinking the lemonade.With in 2-3 hours it went to 143/91.The only thing I believe it was the lemons and water I never drink water never mind lemon water.Its going to be this way for ever.I am on meds as well.

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  18. i have high blood pressure and i am not taking any medication and i hope your top 10 will help me because some of the listed food are there in the kitcen and i never knew that they can be helpfull as i have just read

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  19. I read this last week and have started taking lemon and eating bananas. I’ve stopped coffee altogether and very seldom have tea.
    I drink lots of water, no red meat. I hope my efforts will help. My BP is really high! i do not want to take tablets…My doctor recommended Fedaloc slow release…so

    Thanks to the author for this.

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  20. I would send out a word of caution to the RAW garlic lovers, the acid in the garlic can hurt your stomach,so it is advisable to take either cooked with food or with some supplement

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    • Richard Maloney July 15, 2013, 4:20 am

      That’s not true. Many people –specially farmers ( Patels ) in India and even in USA, eat
      raw garlic every day — it can hurt –only some people if they have acidity or stomach ulcer.

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  21. Thank you so much ….these are realy very easy remedies
    Thx again.

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  22. Has anyone out there tried Pickled Garlic sooooooooo easy to take

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  23. In most cases of hypertension, blood vessels become hard and unable to expand, mostly due to age. Of course there can be other reasons too like kidney diseases, liver problems etc. To increase blood vessel flexibility, take 3 spoons of gelatin powder on an empty stomach, with some vitamin c or orange juice. First thing in the morning.

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  24. My mother has struggled with hypertension for several years now. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of high blood pressure when it becomes acute: dry mouth, nausea. sometimes headaches, vision deterioration. a couple of times her sodium levels got too low (during summer months when she drank more water and it flushed out the salt) and she had dry heaves and almost went unconscious–the hospital corrected it with a sodium IV drip. sodium and potassium levels are very important. a low sodium diet with higher potassium intake is important. but it seems to have something to do with liver and kidney congestion too and possibly the thyroid. she has seen benefit from Pure Herbs’s LG-W (liver gallbladder) product and their Kid-W (kidney) product. And Nutri-west’s Core Level Thyro (thyroid). All can be found on Amazon or via Google. these don’t solve the problem, but they keep her alive. we are still dealing with the high blood pressure issue. daily fish oils seem to help for elasticity of the arteries and vessels. hypertension could possibly be avoided if a person took daily fish oils starting at age 40 or earlier. Glad I found this site.

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  25. Hi
    I was unable to breath and was rush to the hospital
    And they said it ashma,each time i have this difficult
    In breathing my BP goes high.please what can do to counter both with the local remedy i dont want drug
    At all because of the side effect.and thanks for this
    Page.

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  26. I just read your remedies on high BP and I am so hopeful the lemon honey bananas garlic will work for me can,t wait to get off the MEDS, will post comment again if I see results. thanks.

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  27. Apple cider vinegar in a glass of water will work as well as the lemon and beneficial for correcting many other health conditions apart from BP. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Owilly Bob Richard August 12, 2013, 6:41 pm

    My dad had been on drugs for long, thanks alot fo these home remedies which will hopefully help. Will get back with the results soon.

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  29. Now I can ask my wife to try some of the above as she is now started hypertension and she don’t want to consult any doctor.

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  30. Although I have never suffered with hypertension, I habitually drink hot water with lemon and then eat minced garlic and asparagus with an egg every morning right after a half of pink grapefruit. The reason that I eat this way is that these foods are natural anti-fungals and if I don’t eat them, I have joint pain. The garlic is not from a jar, because garlic in a jar is not alive and does not posses the same properties as the raw. If you drink apple cider vinegar, make sure that you use Bragg as it is live. Anything that has been heated or pasturized is not alive and you will not get all of the many benefits that raw food has to offer.

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  31. I have the same symptoms with you guys.dont want also to take synthetic meds for it has side effects I know in my body. I tried eating raw garlic 3cloves everyday with warm water. I boiled lemon grass with pandan and moringa leaves.during times of hbp I eat 3 gloves of raw garlic with warm water…alas suddenly my bp went low…I take supplement of boiled moringa lemongrass and pandan and it works…of course I do exercise everyday at least 30 min

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  32. Another good one to try is this juice everymorn and night:- Mix two cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon natural aloe vera juice, one tablespoon honey, small teaspoon ginger, half a raw onion, green tea. Put these all into your garlic crusher mortar and crush. Boil kettle pour 250ml of boiled water on that crushed mixture, let it sit covered for 5 minutess and strain the liquid with tea strainer into your tea cup and voila!you have the healthiest tea without the caffeine which will love bringing down the blood pressure house! bring it on Man! (poke a knife hole through your aloe stalks, place them in a glass over night and let the juice drain and it is this aloe juice that you use in the above).

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  33. I am 59 & have been on BP drugs for about 20 years. Will do anything to stop taking synthetic drugs. Thanks for your research. Will try it right away & pray it works for me.

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  34. Thanx so much ,I have now been educated about what to use for high blood pressure. God bless you.

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  35. I have been on BP drugs for sometimes now i will try this remedy from tomorrow.

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  36. My BP was 16/10 four days back with severe head ache. I have been prescribed with bp drugs which i am taking regularly. I have also reduced salt intake but there is not much decrease of the bp. It had also affected my eyesight. Can anyone help please.thnks

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    • Hi Risci,

      Believe me honestly that i have spent lot of money buying different kind of prescribed medication by doctors who seems to work for different pharmaceutical companies. The doctors don’t even take proper care to analyse the causes of your HBP. Well, they sometimes send you to do different analysis and whenever the result is out, they quickly conclude that you need a lifetime HBP medication. As a matter of fact and in my case, i do not have any family history with HBP and also below 40 years of age.
      However, i advise you first and foremost to buy the small automatic HBP equipment which does not cost more that 50 USD in Dominican Republic and you can check your BP as many times as you want. Please abstain completely from fatty foods. Eating fatty foods is like you are digging your own grave because they are the major causes of this HBP. Remember that as soon as you are approaching 40 years of age, your body metabolism system does not function like you are in your 20s. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Whole grains will do you good as well. Daily excises like 30 minutes on the treadmill in a gym will be excellent for blood circulation. Do you know that when you stop eating fatty foods you don’t get hungry easily?. Well, try all that i have written here and you will never regret it. I am very confident that your BP will get back to normalcy without any medication.

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  37. I live in Dominican Republic. I have just turned 39. 2 years ago, i was diagnosed with HBP and my doctor, a renowned cardiologist told me that i will be on a medication for the rest of my life. Since then, i started using a prescribed medication called cardio k plus320D/10/25 on a daily basis for 2 years which worked efficiently. Right now, it is 2 weeks that i have stopped using the medication and without no supplement and my systolic has been 120mmHg/79mmHg diastolic. The secret to my successful story is that you eat healthy. Abstain completely from fatty food. Although, it is hard to abstain completely but if you do, believe me, you will see a very big changes in your BP for the better. No red beef meat, fried chicken, evaporated milk and every other foods with fat content. Honestly speaking, the doctors don’t emphasize so much on healthy diets and they try to help sell millions of dollars for the pharmaceutical companies. I pretty understands that we are in a capitalistic 21 century generation.

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  38. my mom had high BP, thanks for the info..i’ll tell my mom to try it.keep up the good work!

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  39. zulfikar prasla October 1, 2013, 3:16 am

    I tried honey&lemon juice twice a day it helped my high-blood-pressure lower down to 118-78 within a week I was monitering about 169-110

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  40. Thanks for the Info. I will certainly try some of these options. God bless for all the info. I just started the lime and water treatment.

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  41. muhammad saleem October 8, 2013, 4:38 am

    I have HPB since last few months. But it is not persistent. Some times, i feel dizziness. Since last night i have this problem again. I was searching for some easy and urgent tips to reduce the high blood pressure. Thanks a lot for your information. Really it is a great help of mankind that you have shared your knowledge with others especially with patients of hypertension. As an urgent remedial measure to lessen my blood pressure, i ate bananas just after seeing your list and now i am feeling a little bit better. Honestly, i will try to keep on using above items mentioned in your list to reduce the blood pressure. Wishing you and the other viewers a happier and long healthy life. May Allah Almighty keep all of us safe, happy and healthy. Thanks again a lot for your information.

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  42. plz where can i get Sarpa Gandha?

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  43. From the past 3-4 yrs I am almost totally off medicines after avery bad experiencewithdoctors and medication, as I was shuttling between cardiologists and gastro- enterologists for proper diagnosis and medication. Ultimately found refuge in naturopathy. Changed food habits and take one week treatment at naturopathy centre every year.
    For the first time I got high BP and the doctor prescribed medication and a no. Of tests. Took a tablet to bein safeside and immdtly started looking for home remedies ( have 4-5 books on naturopahy, home remedies, acupressure ) started lime water, 2-3 cloves garlic, carrot- beetroot salad or juice……BP is normal since 3-4 days, shall continue with this. The above article is wonderful, thanks for sharing such valuable information.

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  44. Can any one tell me where can I buy Watermelon seeds in Toronto or GTA?

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  45. I have been off high blood pressure pills for 2 years now Ihave been taking some raw garlic with my salad ever since and boiling some like 8 olive leaves daily it helps but I went to the dr. today although I check it myself but it is border line and like to lower it a bit more ……the dr.told me I need to do some walking by the way I m over 60!

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  46. Sarpa gandha seems to be an ayurveda remedy.
    But nevertheless I would also start banana, lemon, honey and garlic every day as today I was diagnosed for the firstly time as no one in my family ever had hbp problem with 100/170 hbp.

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  47. really i am very glad and very useful home remedies these are, let me try once as i am suffering from high bp

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  48. if ones pressure ski rockets whats the fastest natural home remedy to lower it

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  49. Really nice article…Will definetly start with lemon juice, honey, garlic and banana. Some excercise will also definetly help . How much time does it take to show result.

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    • I am a High BP patient at present I am on tablets prescribed by docs. Has any one left consuming the tablets prescribed by doctors after continuing home remedy for High BP. Will it be OK if we only take home remedy through out the life instead of tablets. I think in the long run tablets will have after effects. Any one please clarify.

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      • Definitely tablets will have side effect.Depending how diligent you are with your natural and alternative therapies commitment, you can get off medication;obviously exercise and proper food helps.If you are in Uk get some stuff from Holland Barrett or get back to me via email and I will advise you.

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  50. Pramod Kumar Agrawal March 4, 2014, 4:25 pm

    Thanks very much

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  51. wish through herbal medicine people gets right

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