What spices to add to food if you have high blood pressure

Did you know that spices, in addi­tion to enhanc­ing fla­vor in many dish­es, also have many oth­er ben­e­fits? For exam­ple, some spices can low­er high blood pres­sure. As you know, this prob­lem over­takes a large num­ber of peo­ple around the world. For exam­ple, in Ukraine, one in four has high blood pres­sure — and dur­ing the off-sea­son, espe­cial­ly between autumn and win­ter. When the body suf­fers not only from the change of sea­sons, but also from a decrease in immu­ni­ty and a lack of vit­a­mins, this is espe­cial­ly felt.

For­tu­nate­ly, some­times sal­va­tion from high blood pres­sure can be found right “at hand” — well, or some­where on the shelf of your own kitchen, and it is not nec­es­sary to imme­di­ate­ly run to the phar­ma­cy for a lot of med­i­cines. We have pre­pared a selec­tion of spices that can help reduce blood pres­sure, as well as how you can eas­i­ly include them in your diet, com­bin­ing good with good.



Car­damom is an essen­tial ingre­di­ent in many Asian and Mid­dle East­ern cuisines. This spice is sweet in taste, many note its resem­blance to mint.

Car­damom, as a well-known spice among hyper­ten­sive patients, has two impor­tant prop­er­ties: it is rich in antiox­i­dants and has diuret­ic prop­er­ties. Stud­ies have shown that this spice plays an impor­tant role in low­er­ing blood pres­sure: it is due to the fact that it removes excess flu­id from the body, espe­cial­ly around the heart, that car­damom low­ers blood pres­sure lev­els. Patients who ate 3 grams of this spice not­ed a decrease in mean pres­sure.

Car­damom is good because it is a ver­sa­tile spice: it can be added to any dish. With us, most like­ly, you can find it in pas­tries: buns, cook­ies, gin­ger­bread, pan­cakes or pan­cakes. And it is almost always found in ori­en­tal sweets: bakla­va, Turk­ish delight, egg­plant jam or waf­fle rolls.



This spice is prob­a­bly famil­iar to you, espe­cial­ly in win­ter: almost no sweet pas­try or warm­ing drink can do with­out it. Cin­na­mon has a sweet taste, but it also has a spicy note, which adds to its piquan­cy.

The fact is that sci­en­tists have come to the con­clu­sion that cin­na­mon, in addi­tion to its taste, also has the abil­i­ty to low­er blood pres­sure, and sig­nif­i­cant­ly. The ide­al dose of eat­ing spice in food is one to two tea­spoons per day (3–6 grams).

Cin­na­mon is incred­i­bly easy to add to your dai­ly diet, and this is its main advan­tage. More­over, the choice is wide: you can sea­son cere­als for break­fast with cin­na­mon, add it to baked apples, bake cin­na­mon buns — the list is very long, but tak­ing care of your health is not only easy, but also pleas­ant.


Anoth­er no less pop­u­lar sea­son­ing that can be found very eas­i­ly on the shelves of gro­cery stores. This tool has long gained fame in alter­na­tive med­i­cine.

Both human and ani­mal stud­ies have shown that tak­ing gin­ger low­ers blood pres­sure in sev­er­al ways. It acts as a nat­ur­al cal­ci­um chan­nel block­er and dilates blood ves­sels. Cal­ci­um chan­nel block­ers are one type of med­i­cine for high blood pres­sure.

Most like­ly, you saw gin­ger in roll sets: the spice is so fond of fans of Japan­ese cui­sine that it is often eat­en with­out any­thing else. More­over, it is also added to chick­en, fish, stewed veg­eta­bles. The spice can also be found in drinks, such as gin­ger tea, which at the same time boosts immu­ni­ty.



This spice is prob­a­bly the eas­i­est to find on this list, as it is present in almost every­one’s home. More­over, its effect from preva­lence does not decrease at all, but rather the oppo­site.

Gar­lic con­tains allicin, a sub­stance that has antibac­te­r­i­al, antiox­i­dant, lipid-low­er­ing, and anti­hy­per­ten­sive prop­er­ties. Gar­lic has the abil­i­ty to low­er blood pres­sure by help­ing blood ves­sels relax and dilate, allow­ing blood to flow more freely in the body. Stud­ies have proven that fresh gar­lic has stronger heart-pro­tec­tive prop­er­ties than processed gar­lic.

Doc­tors rec­om­mend eat­ing 3–4 heads of gar­lic (4 grams) dai­ly to sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduce blood pres­sure. It is good because it often does not require any spe­cif­ic recipes: you can eat it your­self. But it will be a great addi­tion to meat, veg­eta­bles, sauces and var­i­ous breads and rolls, as well as preser­va­tion.

Remem­ber: before using any spices for med­i­c­i­nal pur­pos­es, it is always bet­ter to con­sult a doc­tor, and if the health prob­lems are espe­cial­ly seri­ous, it is always bet­ter to con­sult a spe­cial­ist to pre­vent the con­se­quences, as some­times the dis­ease requires more seri­ous inter­ven­tion. We hope that our advice will help you.

Author: Olga Prokopenko

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