According to statistics from the CDC, around 70 million people – 1 in 3 Americans – suffer from high blood pressure. Half of these individuals have their blood pressure under control, probably with some form of blood pressure medication.  Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can be a silent yet deadly disease, one that doesn’t necessarily need to be managed by medication. While there are some rare hereditary conditions that make it impossible to control blood sugar with just exercise and diet, most people have the ability to use dietary strategies as their first line of defense.
How Resveratrol Supports Normal Blood Pressure
Resveratrol is a natural plant compound typically found in grapes, chocolate, and almonds. Its antioxidant capabilities have been studied for years and have revealed many health benefits – protecting cells and DNA, regulating a healthy blood sugar, or protecting skin from UV damage to name a few.   A recent meta analysis shows that resveratrol may play an important role in supporting blood pressure health by regulating systolic blood pressure.  While more confirmation is necessary, this is great insight into the power of plant compounds.
Other Benefits of Resveratrol
Resveratrol provides similar effects of calorie restriction in terms of cellular protection.  Resveratrol may reduce irritation and improve blood flow through vessels. Resveratrol may even support hormones that play a role in blood pressure. Foods high in resveratrol may also contain a number of other beneficial compounds and nutrients, like antioxidants and fiber, that are responsible for supporting blood pressure.
Other Ways to Support Blood Pressure Naturally
A healthy diet and regular exercise are the best ways to get blood pressure under control. Avoiding sugars – including high-sugar fruit juice – in order to avoid the blood sugar spike that inadvertently leads to a rise in blood pressure. Also, just by walking every day, doing yoga, sprinting, or any other physical activity you enjoy, you’re a step closer to balanced blood pressure.
How do you support blood pressure health? Please let us know in the comments!
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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.