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by: Lisa Garber
July 16, 2012
“Let thy food be thy medicine.” If Hippocrates could see us popping pills made in a laboratory for treating the high blood pressure we get from a poor diet, hope would likely be lost. These drugs—like many allopathic remedies—come with side effects, safety hazards, and lighter pocketbooks. Meanwhile, there are numerous ways to naturally lower blood pressure, with food and dietary changes being the most beneficial. One such food that has been shown to be a fantastic hypertension aid is papaya.
Papayas are High in Potassium
We’ve already extolled the natural benefits of papaya leaf extract. It’s anti-inflammatory, breaks down proteins and aids digestion, and strengthens the immune system. An article in an issue of Phytotherapy Research also says that a compound in papayas can also naturally lower blood pressure, and may have a future in an anti-hypertension treatment plan.
About 1 in 3 American adults experience high blood pressure today due to smoking, obesity, salty diets, and other poor lifestyle choices. Hypertension is a major risk factor for stroke, congestive heart failure, kidney disease, and heart disease, which is responsible for 1 in 4 deaths in America. The outlook seems bleak.
There are easy (and cheap) solutions, however, for treating high blood pressure. One papaya contains 781 mg of potassium, a mineral and electrolyte that helps control blood pressure. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends we each get 4,700 mg of potassium a day to regulate our blood pressure.