Asparagus is another favorite farm stand “veg-on-the-grill” my family goes crazy for when we gather for barbecues. Not only does it work on lowering blood pressure naturally (more in a minute)—it’s easy to cook.
Dr. Sinatra cooks fresh, washed asparagus spears at about 400 degrees for 2-5 minutes, then seasons it on the plate before serving with a drizzle of olive oil, chopped garlic or garlic salt, and a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice. You can even travel with the ingredients on ice in your cooler, and make this side dish fresh on the spot at someone else’s backyard.
What’s nice is this dish is packed with two foods that help with lowering blood pressure naturally: olive oil and asparagus. Recent studies have shown that olive oil can make a difference in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure—which are both important for lowering blood pressure naturally. Plus, asparagus can help with lowering blood pressure naturally—and it’s good for your cholesterol.
But the health benefits of this dish don’t end there. Olive oil is rich in squalene, which supports your immune system. Plus, it contains other antioxidants that help support cholesterol metabolism: And because you’re eating mostly monounsaturated fat with olive oil, you won’t get the blood sugar spikes that cause insulin surges. Just know that if you have pancreatic insufficiency, you should limit or avoid olive oil.
Asparagus also does more than help with lowering blood pressure naturally. It contains glutathione and other sulfur derivatives that support antioxidant and immunological defense systems. It’s also rich in both vitamin K and folate. Plus, it bolsters antioxidant levels and helps to intercept depression, which is a newer risk factor for heart disease.
For more fun facts about the healing power of foods, and recipes, watch for The Healing Kitchen—Dr. Sinatra’s next book—which is due out later this year. Not only will it help with lowering blood pressure naturally…it will help your entire cardiovascular system stay in tip top shape.
For more information on lowering blood pressure naturally and healthy heart nutrition, visit www.drsinatra.com.