Home remedies for High Blood Pressure are a Natural way to lower it
Generally the first line of defense for hypertension is drug therapy. But before starting drug therapy, try lifestyle changes and some home remedies for high blood pressure.
Medications can be harsh, and while best avoided if possible, if you are on them, know that natural remedies can interfere with their functioning. Learn how to lower high blood pressure with home remedies
Of course, there are things we can do to help ourselves control our high blood pressure. Lifestyle changes such as lose weight, quit smoking, decrease the amount of alcohol you drink, and cut back on caffeine. We also know that we need to make healthier food choices at mealtime.
There are also other natural methods to lower your blood pressure without side effects, but today we would like to highlight some additional home remedies for high blood pressure for you to try at home.
Home Remedies for high blood pressure – Staff Picks:
Ginger-Cardamom Tea:A study, done in December of 2009, was published in the Indian Journal of Biochemistry & Biophysics.They gave a group of participants 1 teaspoon of cardamom powder daily for several weeks. The results showed a significant reduction in blood pressure. Combined with ginger and cinnamon, both warming spices that improve circulation, you can make a lovely tea to help your heart get healthy.
Eat Melon In The Morning: Every morning, be faithful to watermelon. Often times watermelon as viewed as a strictly summer fruit, one for seed spitting contests and barbecues, but it can also help lower blood pressure.
Why does it help lower blood pressure? Watermelon contains an organic compound called citrulline. Once it enters the body it is converted to L-arginine, the precursor to nitric-oxide. Nitric-oxide in the body relaxes the blood vessels causing your blood pressure to decrease. A great natural remedy to enjoy.
Cat’s Claw:Cat’s claw is a popular herb in China, South America, and Central America. It is widely used in China for the treatment of high blood pressure. Cat’s claw lowers blood pressure by inducing vasodilation. Dilated blood vessels allows the blood to flow more easily. It also acts as a mild diuretic and rids the body of harmful excess fluid.
Enzyme CoQ10:CoQ10 is a naturally occurring enzyme. It contains antioxidants that are good for maintaining cardiac health. CoQ10 has been shown to decrease blood pressure and reduces the thickening of the heart muscle (hypertrophy). There are no known side effects of CoQ10 since it naturally occurs in the body. According to the Mayo Clinic, for the treatment of hypertension, take 60-360 milligrams daily for 8-12 weeks.
Vitamin-D: According to a study published in “The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology” vitamin-d, the sunshine vitamin, was proven to reduce blood pressure. Because people are spending less time outdoors people are becoming vitamin-d deficient. Over 1 billion people to be exact.
A Few more Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure:
Drink Herbal Tea:Lowering high blood pressure is as easy as one, two, tea: Study participants who sipped three cups of a hibiscus tea daily lowered systolic blood pressure by 7 points in 6 weeks on average, say researchers from Tufts University—results on par with many prescription medications.
Those who received a placebo drink improved their reading by only 1 point. The phytochemicals in hibiscus are probably responsible for the large reduction in high blood pressure, say the study authors. Many herbal teas contain hibiscus; look for blends that list it near the top of the chart of ingredients for low blood pressure—this often indicates a higher concentration per serving.
Celery Seed Extract:To treat high blood pressure, doctors usually prescribe diuretics (water pills) to reduce the fluid volume; and vasodilators to relax the arteries to reduce the resistance of blood flow, or beta-blockers to turn down the pumping action of the heart.
3nB appears to help lower blood pressure by acting both as a diuretic and vasodilator, as well as working in a manner similar to drugs known as calcium-channel blockers. 3nB has also been shown in animal and test-tube studies to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the formation of arterial plaque.
This effect may increase the elasticity of the blood vessels and thus lead to lower blood pressure readings. In addition, 3nB appears to have some effect on areas and systems of the brain that control vascular resistance.
Arjuna:Though it is rather new to us here, arjuna bark (Terminalia arjuna) is famous in Ayurvedic medicine, where the thick, red bark is the most widely used herbal cardiac medicine. Modern clinicians in the United States are using arjuna for coronary artery disease, heart failure, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Several Indian studies over the last few years have shown that arjuna, in animals and in humans, reduces total cholesterol and increases HDL (“good” cholesterol). One study showed that this herb was as effective an antioxidant as vitamin E, and that it reduced cholesterol in the human subjects quite substantially. Considering its benefit for cholesterol, it is not surprising that it lowers blood pressure; many cases of high blood pressure in the United States are caused by cholesterol accumulation in the arteries.
Flaxseed:A 2013 study published in “Hypertension” concluded that flaxseed lowers blood pressure in hypertensive patients. It is a great home remedy for high blood pressure. More than 100 patients diagnosed with peripheral artery disease, a condition associated with high blood pressure, were assigned to a flaxseed group or a placebo group. The former ate 30 grams of flaxseed every day for 6 months.
At the conclusion of the study, those in the flaxseed group had lower blood pressure than those in the placebo group. I started adding flaxseed on top of my salad instead of croutons. It gives it a tasty crunch without the added calories and salt.
Dark Chocolate:More good news for chocolate lovers: A new Harvard study finds that eating a small square of dark chocolate daily can help lower blood pressure for people with hypertension. The study joins the growing research into the heart-healthy benefits of flavonoids, compounds in unsweetened chocolate that cause dilation of the blood vessels.
This list is a small list compared to the home remedies for high blood pressure available. These are a few I have tried and that have worked for me. At the beginning of the article I told you the numbers I had during my hypertensive crisis.
Today thanks to lifestyle changes, herbal remedies, and plain old common sense my numbers average 120/60. I completely shocked my cardiologist and primary care physician. So if you find yourself struggling to keep the numbers down, don’t give up hope. Find a way that is right for you and just do it. If you have tried home remedies that have worked for you, please share with me at [email protected]. Till next week have a great weekend, and remember good health is a heartbeat away.
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