When you have high blood pressure, you often have to cut down on or omit certain elements of your diet, and one of the most common elements is salt. Too much sodium is bad for your cholesterol, so it’s crucial not to consume too much of it; the recommended amount of sodium per day is 1500 mg, which is a little more than a teaspoon of salt.
So you might be wondering then how you can remove salt from your diet and still keep your food flavorful. Well, there are many great alternatives that I’m happy to tell you about. There are a number of different choices to choose from, including herbs, spices, and other alternatives. And best of all, there’s evidence that suggests that these are herbs and spices that lower high blood pressure.
Some common spices that you can use in place of salt are black pepper, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, chili powder, curry powder, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper is especially known for reducing LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. You can also use saffron, which contains a chemical called crocetin which helps lower blood pressure. It should be noted that saffron can be expensive though. It should also be noted that if you have ulcers or colitis, you should probably refrain from using either black or cayenne pepper, as they can cause acid buildup in the stomach.
Other than that though, these spices can be used in or on a wide variety of types of foods, including salads, soups, vegetables, all types of meat, breads, and teas. Be careful though not to buy any high-sodium spices such as soy sauce, and be sure to check to see if there are low-sodium versions.
There are a number of good herbs you can use for seasoning as well, such as basil, sage, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, tarragon, marjoram, parsley, oregano, ginseng, and so on. It should be noted that some herbal supplements and vitamins can affect medications taken, so be sure to check with your doctor first.
Another common alternative is garlic, which is often promoted as a sort of wonder drug for high blood pressure, as it has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, including blood pressure. Studies have shown that eating even just one clove of garlic a day helps lower your high blood pressure.
Also useful are onions, especially the oil, as they’ve been proven to lower both systolic and diastolic levels dramatically. Some other alternatives are lemon juice and olive oil, the latter of which has been shown to lower resting blood pressure. So you see, there are a large number of healthy alternatives to use instead of salt, so try using them instead. I bet you won’t be missing salt in any time at all!