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iVillage: 10 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure Without Medicine

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Sip Coconut Water

This mild tropical drink can lower blood pressure as much as 12 points for 71 percent of people, according to research published in the West Indian Medical Journal. Coconut water is packed with 1,500 milligrams of potassium per 20-ounce serving -- and this mineral helps calm the entire central nervous system, preventing artery-damaging blood pressure surges when life gets hectic, UCLA researchers say. Look for coconut water in grocery stores and whole foods stores.

Tip: Check the ingredients to make sure you’re getting pure coconut water -- some low-quality brands are loaded with sugar and are no healthier than soda. Smart picks include Zico, Blue Monkey, Vita Coco and Taste Nervana.

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