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Fall Juice Recipe for Hypertension

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High blood pressure affects over 30% of the global adult population – more than 1 billion people! Hypertension, as it’s also known, is the primary risk factor for cardiovascular disease (especially heart disease and stroke), chronic kidney failure, and even dementia. So, it’s a darn good idea for us to keep our blood pressure down. This juice recipe for hypertension is one easy thing you can do to help make that happen.

What’s In This Article?

Try this fall juice recipe for hypertension . It's as tasty as it is health-giving!

What Exactly Is Hypertension?

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a condition where the pressure within a person’s blood vessels is too high (1). This forces the heart to pump harder and puts more significant strain on the body’s arteries (the blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart).

What exactly is hypertension? Also called high blood pressure, it's when the pressure in the arteries is too high.

Blood pressure is divided into four categories based on the ratio of systolic (during heart contraction [heartbeat]) and diastolic (resting period between beats) arterial pressure (2). These numbers are measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).

  • Normal – 120/80 mm Hg or lower
  • Elevated – 120-129/80 (or below) mm Hg
  • Stage 1 Hypertension – 130-139/80-89 mm Hg
  • Stage 2 Hypertension – 140 or higher/90 or higher mm Hg

Emergency hypertension is anything higher than 180/120 mm Hg and requires immediate emergency medical attention.

Why Does Hypertension Happen?

Like many chronic health conditions, hypertension typically develops over a long period of time, with lifestyle choices being the primary cause (3). Obesity, diabetes, smoking, poor diet, chronic stress, high cholesterol, and lack of exercise are all known contributing factors. Age, race, and family history are also risk factors that, when combined with poor lifestyle choices, increase a person’s risk of developing hypertension.

Why does hypertension happen? Primarily poor lifestyle choices lead to high blood pressure. Complications of hypertension are a laundry list of diseases from heart attack to kidney failure.

There are rarely symptoms associated with hypertension for most people, even when levels are dangerously elevated. You can even have high blood pressure for years without any indication outside of the readings discussed above. A few symptoms can appear: headaches, nosebleeds, and shortness of breath. Still, they’re not hypertension-specific and don’t occur until levels are life-threateningly severe (2).

Complications of Hypertension

Left untreated, hypertension increases the risk of a number of diseases and medical conditions (2):

  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Failure
  • Aneurysm
  • Eye Issues
  • Dementia
  • Kidney Problems
  • Memory and Comprehension Issues
  • Metabolic Syndrome

What Vitamins and Minerals Are Good for High Blood Pressure?

Potassium (4) and Vitamin C (5) in pumpkin work to support heart health. Both help the kidneys excrete excess sodium in the body, easing tension in our blood vessel walls.

What vitamins and minerals are good for high blood pressure? Potassium and vitamin C are two key ones, along with magnesium.

Even pumpkin seeds get into the act due to their concentration of blood pressure-controlling nutrients, such as arginine (an amino acid crucial to producing nitric oxide), magnesium, and (of course) potassium (6, 7). (See why we didn’t have you remove them in this recipe?)

Citrus, like lemons and oranges, are high in hypertension-fighting vitamin C.

Oranges and lemons are also loaded with Vitamin C, flavonoids (particularly hesperidin), pectin, and essential oils that are thought to combat hypertension (8).

Carrots are found to help relax blood vessels and reduce inflammation, both good for lowering blood pressure.

High in compounds that help relax blood vessels and reduce inflammation, carrots may help lower blood pressure levels (9).

Cinnamon isn’t in this recipe just for its great taste. It, too, is thought to help reduce hypertension through its ability to relax and dilate blood vessels (10).

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  • Pros:
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    • Minimal Chopping
    • Great Nutrient Extraction
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  • Cons:
    • Some Pulp Left in the Juice
    • Sorbet Attachment Sold Separately
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Pros:
  • Super Fast Operation
  • Large Load-and-Go Produce Hopper
  • Minimal Chopping
  • Great Nutrient Extraction
  • Very Easy to Use
  • Quick Cleanup
  • 15-Year Warranty
Cons:
  • Some Pulp Left in the Juice
  • Sorbet Attachment Sold Separately

With the Name J2, there’s not much more you can ask of a juicer. Thanks to its huge top hopper, juicing is quick and easy. If the produce fits, it will juice, so very little prepping is needed. It even handles the tough pumpkin rind and seeds with ease! Just fill it up, close the lid, and let it do the work!

It gives a good yield and nutrient extraction thanks to its cold press juicing technology, and it’s been engineered to be super easy to clean. I use this machine for most of my personal juicing and highly recommend it for any home juicer.

Here’s The Recipe!

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juice recipe for hypertension

The Great Pumpkin


  • Author: JuiceFeaster
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 24 fl oz 1x

Description

Help get a handle on your high blood pressure with this deliciously simple juice recipe featuring pumpkin.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 Small Pie Pumpkin
  • 4 Carrots
  • 3 Oranges
  • 1 Lemon
  • Dash of Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Cut the pumpkin into chunks; don’t peel or deseed.
  2. Scrub the carrots.
  3. Peel the oranges and lemon (optional).
  4. Run all ingredients through your juicer, pour into a glass, add a dash of cinnamon, and enjoy!!!

Notes

I typically don’t deseed or peel the produce I juice. You get additional nutritional and health benefits by including the seeds and skins of most fruits and vegetables when juicing.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Category: Juicing for Health

Keywords: hypertension, juicing for hypertension, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease

More Juice for Hypertension

Help get your hypertension under control with even more juice for hypertension:

  • Beets make another great blood pressure-reducing juice. Try this tasty recipe!
  • This juice recipe gives a knock-out punch to both high cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Make some Real Fruit Punch to help improve your hypertension.

Post a comment below if you try this recipe. We’d LOVE to hear from you!

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Brett leads the Juicer Test Kitchen. Utilizing his 25 years in the juice production and formulation industry, he brings you expert information on the wide world of juicing. From hands-on juicer reviews, tasty juice recipes, and real-world insights, he helps you get the most out of your juicing experience.

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