Spice Up Your Life With High Blood Pressure Remedies

Today, more and more research confirms that spices are great high blood pressure remedies.

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Fresh ginger is among the best high blood pressure remedies.

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Did you know you may have historical wonder drugs in your cabinet that can help with high blood pressure and more? And we’re not referring to your medicine cabinet. Consider your kitchen: Herbs and spices have been used as antidotes ever since mankind felt the first pangs of pain and illness. Many spices and herbs that you can find in your pantry are known to be high blood pressure remedies.

High Blood Pressure Remedies: Ginger

Is ginger good for high blood pressure? Taking ginger for hypertension can be an effective remedy. Ginger root (Zingiber officinale) is an herbaceous perennial plant that produces the spice known as ginger. Ginger has been commonly used in Chinese medicine to treat digestive problems such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal bloating, and diarrhea. Ginger has also been used to treat inflammatory joint diseases including rheumatism and arthritis. What’s not so well-known are the benefits of taking ginger for high blood pressure.

Ginger works in a similar way to blood pressure medications called calcium channel blockers, which relax your blood vessels, making it easier for your heart to pump blood through your body.[1] Ginger also contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols and shogaols. These phenol compounds are the reason why so many people with joint conditions experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly. But, gingerol and shogaol compounds also have the ability to decrease high blood pressure.[2]

Ginger products are available in extracts, capsules, and oils. When purchasing a ginger supplement, make sure it contains 4 percent volatile oils or 5 percent total pungent compounds including gingerol or shogaol. Take between 75 to 2,000 mg of ginger in divided doses with food, but do not take more than 4 grams of ginger per day, including food sources. Pregnant women should consume no more than 1 gram of ginger per day.[3] People taking hypertension (high blood pressure) medications should not take ginger supplements without talking with their doctor.[4]

High Blood Pressure Remedies: Turmeric and Curcumin

Is turmeric good for high blood pressure? Turmeric (Curcuma longa) contains a strong anti-oxidant called curcumin. Curcumin is also a potent anti-inflammatory, it helps lower blood cholesterol, and it has anti-clotting properties. Curcumin helps keep blood vessels healthy by protecting cells from damage, thereby allowing smoother flow of blood.

Curcumin also has the ability to dilate arteries. Researchers conclude that curcumin works much the same way as ginger as it inhibits the transport of calcium, which acts as a chemical messenger that tells muscle cells to contract, thereby dilating the arteries.[5] Therefore, taking turmeric for high blood pressure, due to its active ingredient curcumin, can be a useful remedy.

Turmeric is available in liquid extracts and capsules containing the powder. Adults can take 400 to 600 mg of standardized curcumin powder 3 times daily. For extracts, take 30 to 90 drops daily. For dried cut root or dried powdered root, 1.5 to 3 grams per day are recommended.[3]

Turmeric blood pressure remedies are not perfect though. One of the challenges with curcumin is that humans have an extremely poor absorption of curcumin in the gastrointestinal tract. When we take a powdered form (as capsules), the curcumin itself is not absorbed but breaks down into a number of metabolic products which are much less beneficial than the curcumin itself.

However, mixing curcumin with fish oil, coconut oil, or extra virgin olive oil greatly increases absorption—up to seven times improvement. If you don’t want to fool with that mixing mess and want a relatively inexpensive supplement form, use the curcumin phytosome complex supplements that are readily available. Recent research has shown that this form’s bioavailability in the human body is approximately four times better than plain curcumin.[6]

Don’t exceed the recommended dose of turmeric (curcumin). In high doses, it may cause stomach upset and ulcers. If you have diabetes, turmeric may lower blood sugar to dangerous levels, especially if you’re also taking diabetes medication. Do not take curcumin before speaking to a physician if you have gallstones, a bile duct disorder or if you’re taking medications such as stomach-acid drugs or blood thinners, including aspirin. Always consult a physician before taking turmeric and high blood pressure meds.

High Blood Pressure Remedies: Foods

A variety of foods and drinks can help lower blood pressure too. Here are just a few, with links to learn more about each.

To learn about natural high blood pressure remedies and supplements, continue to read here.


Also, University Health News has made available a special health report called Managing Your Blood Pressure. Written by UHN contributing editor Jim Black, the 72-page book is subtitled “Proven Steps for Treating and Avoiding Hypertension.” You can order it by clicking here.

[1] “Ginger Lowers Blood Pressure Through Blockade of Voltage-Dependent Calcium Channels.”  Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology. Jan. 2005;459(1):74-80.
[2] “Pharmacological studies on ginger. I. Pharmacological actions of pungent constitutents, (6)-gingerol and (6)-shogaol.” Journal of Pharmacobiodynamics.1984 Nove; 7(11):836-848.
[3] University of Maryland Medical Center online.
[4] “Synergistic Effect of Ginger and Nifedipine on Human Platelet Aggregation: a Study in Hypertensive Patients and Normal Patients.” American Journal of Chinese Medicine. 2006;34(4):545-51.
[5] “Hypotensive and endothelium-independent vasorelaxant effects of methanolic extract from Curcuma longa L. in rats.” J Ethnopharmacol. 2009 Jul 30;124(3):457-62. Epub 2009 May 27.
[6] EuroPharma’s BCM-95 Curcumin Superior in Absorption. April 14, 2011. Accessed 6-13-12.

Originally published in 2012, this post is regularly updated.

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  • The thought of “taking” ginger or turmeric strikes me as almost bizarre. Every single day I probably consume more of both of them than 99% of Americans; but I have never swallowed a single ginger or turmeric or curcumin capsule or tablet. I do drink ginger tea, and turmeric in a sort of “tea” that is often called “golden tea” (although I have my own personal recipe for that which includes both coconut oil and black pepper) on a regular basis. I also use some of the powdered form of both ginger and turmeric as “spices” pretty much every day. But most of my consumption of them is simply in the fresh, whole root form which I buy at my local farmer’s market or health food store and eat as a food, not take as a “supplement.” Sometimes I grate them and add them to my fresh homemade avocado and garlic guacamole, but most often I just peel and slice them, and toss them into my double boiler to be lightly steamed along with a serving of some kind of greens like kale, dandelion or collards. I use so much of them that just a couple of days ago a planted some turmeric root so I can start growing my own, and will soon be doing the same with ginger.

    Oh, and speaking of blood pressure, I don’t know to what extent it’s because of all the ginger and turmeric I now eat (not “take”), but mine was once 175/130, and today without taking any Big Pharma meds at all it typically runs about 110/65.

  • Greg H. Can I friend you on Facebook? I need your help! You have really great eating habits it seems…I need thatin my life!

  • I’ve never suffered from HBP until recently when I started getting these mild and strange headaches and felt completely off. Went to see my doctor and my BP was 157/110. I was immediately prescribed HBP meds and was told that age and genetics play a very big role despite having healthy eating habits (which I do and take very seriously). I’ve never been on any medication before and really hate the idea of controlling my BP by way of meds. After reading this article I think that I’m going to kick up my ginger/tumaric intake to help keep my BP contollled without traditional meds. Feeling inspired!

  • also have a problem with moderate high BP – have been taking Coversyl 2 mg but I hate medication for chronic ailments – bought some curcumin pills today (the active ingredient in tumeric) and my BP is 137/76 Pulse 60 without my pharma med – Co-incidence, perhaps but I don’t think so – will add some ginger tomorrow I just slice it and chew a bit of it Thanks for reading best wishes

  • I believe many of these home remedies are fake. I tried them all and nothing worked till i got on a low dose of lisinopril. Some of the natural remedies are more frauds than the meds that claim to work miracles.

  • Tom, I wouldn’t be so hasty in turning down the home remedies. Lisinopril nearly killed me, and most of the Veterans that I speak with at DC VA Med Center say the same thing. I took it for years, having extreme fatigue, weight loss, skin breakouts, and insomnia. The last two years on lisinopril was a nightmare. So what works for some might not be effective for others. I’m trying hard to get of hydrochlorathiazide (think that’s near the spelling). Anyway, I have side effects with it, too, but not as severe. And, like someone wrote above, I eat well, am very active at 70 yrs old. But I still need pharama meds. So, I must say, they have their place.

  • I appreciate the comments. I believe that it is wise to continue to eat/use natural remedies to improve your health along with taking medications and gradually come off of medications with your doctor’s approval.

    Continue to monitor your blood pressure and keep up with your regular physical checkups….

    Just use some wisdom….

  • My dad has suffered from high blood pressure for years. He didn’t even know he had high BP until his kidneys started to fail. He had an emergency operation and when he came home I had to make sure his blood pressure was lowered to a normal level. I have done extensive online research until I found this natural remedy ( go2l.ink/lowerbp ) It has really helped my dad. He has been able to lower his blood pressure naturally and without the need of any treatment.

  • As others have said, tumeric has brought my bp down to 110/70. I thought I was hearing things when I was told. Trouble is the low reading makes me light headed and fatigued. I will stop for a few days and see what happens.

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