What Are the Top Drinks for Lowering Blood Pressure?

Reviewed on 10/19/2021

The top drinks for lowering blood pressure include water, fruit juices (pomegranate, prune, cranberry, cherry), vegetable juice (tomato, raw beet), tea (black, green), and skim milk.
The top drinks for lowering blood pressure include water, fruit juices (pomegranate, prune, cranberry, cherry), vegetable juice (tomato, raw beet), tea (black, green), and skim milk.

Diet changes are part of managing high blood pressure. This can include making healthy beverage choices. The top drinks for lowering blood pressure include: 

  • Water
  • Fruit juices
  • Vegetable juice
    • Tomato
    • Raw beet
  • Tea
    • Black
    • Green 
  • Skim milk

What Is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a condition in which the force of blood pumping through the arteries is consistently too high. When this occurs, the walls of the arteries are extended beyond their normal limit, which can lead to damage and scarring and put people at risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease

Blood pressure is expressed in two numbers: 

  • Systolic blood pressure (the first/top number): measures the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart beats
  • Diastolic blood pressure (the second/bottom number): measures the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart is at rest between beats

High, elevated, and normal blood pressure is usually defined in the following ranges: 

  • High blood pressure (hypertension) is 140/90 mmHg or more
  • Elevated blood pressure levels between 120/80 and 139/89 are considered prehypertension and mean a person is at higher risk for developing high blood pressure
  • Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmHg 

What Lifestyle Changes Can Help Lower Blood Pressure?

Lifestyle changes are typically the first-line treatment for hypertension, such as: 

  • Eating a balanced diet that low in salt
  • Limiting or avoiding alcohol
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercising regularly
  • Managing stress
  • Not smoking
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Taking medications as directed

What Medications Treat High Blood Pressure?

When medications are needed to treat hypertension, they may include: 

  • ACE inhibitors
  • Beta-blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Peripherally acting alpha-adrenergic blockers
  • Diuretics (“water pills”)
  • Angiotensin II antagonists (ARBs)
  • Vasodilators
  • Centrally-acting alpha adrenergics
  • Renin inhibitors
  • Combination medicines, made up of two or more different kinds of blood pressure medicines

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Reviewed on 10/19/2021
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