High blood pressure is a serious medical condition and should be treated with the utmost importance. Lifestyle and dietary changes are often recommended to help reduce one’s high blood pressure.
There are basically two types of high blood pressure; primary hypertension and secondary hypertension.
There is no clear cause of primary hypertension but its likelihood tends to increase as one gets old. Furthermore, factors such as smoking, poor diet, and a sedentary lifestyle could increase one’s likelihood of having primary hypertension.
Secondary hypertension tends to cause a more rapid and severe rise in one’s blood pressure. It has been linked to usage of certain drugs, certain medical conditions such as thyroid and kidney issues, obstructive sleep apnea, birth control pills, certain pain relievers, etc.
Using herbs to curb high blood pressure has been done for hundreds of years due to the numerous health benefits using these herbs can have on one’s cardiovascular system.
Below are various herbs to help curb high blood pressure;
Cinnamon has abilities to lower blood pressure. It is a tasty seasoning and naturally regulates blood sugar. Cinnamon is highly recommended for people with diabetes as studies show that its extracts lower both diastolic and systolic blood pressure. Additionally, cinnamon has tremendous health benefits if consumed regularly. It is very easy to add cinnamon to your breakfast as its extracts can be sprinkled in breakfast cereal, tea, and even soup.
Garlic has the ability to lower your blood pressure because it relaxes your blood vessels by increasing nitric oxide in the body. This lowers blood pressure since it allows blood to flow freely in the blood vessel’s relaxed state. Garlic is known to reduce cholesterol in the body when included in your diet regularly. Due to its seasoning flavor, it is easy to include garlic in your daily diet. It can be added to salads, soups and can even be eaten raw. Also, garlic extract is readily available in food stores.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is considered one of the best herbs to reduce blood pressure. This is because it contains eugenol and ursolic acid both of which help calm the mind and the body. Basil is delicious and goes well with many foods. It easy to grow and can be added to soups and salads. Although most studies claim that basil lowers blood pressure for a relatively short period of time, it takes no effort to add it to your diet.
Studies have shown that ginger helps relax the muscles that surround blood vessels thus improving blood circulation and lowering blood pressure. Although it does not significantly help lower blood pressure, ginger has a number of other health benefits if used regularly. Ginger can be used in a wide range of ways including being added to soups, stews and vegetable dishes as well as being added to tea, coffee, and desserts.
This spice is widely used around the world and has a number of health benefits if used often. Turmeric contains curcumin an ingredient that helps relax your vascular system and strengthens the heart by preventing the tightening up of blood vessels. Turmeric can easily be included in your diet since its spicy taste can easily be appealing to a wide range of foods. It can be added to tea, blended fruits, and even vegetables.
6. Green Tea
Green tea has been known to lower the effects of high blood pressure since it contains antioxidants such as phenolic compounds. Studies have proven that consuming green tea regularly can help to significantly lower the risk of high blood pressure. Green tea, as the name suggests, is consumed as a tea and can have a number of other health benefits if up to two cups of it are taken daily.
Hawthorn has been known to have significant health benefits for years now. Hawthorn contains flavonoids that are known to reduce blood pressure in arteries thus lowering the risk of high blood pressure. Additionally, hawthorn helps inhibit a number of heart-related issues since it controls glucose metabolism and improves the activity of capillaries. Several constituents in the herb help widen blood vessels and thus improve blood circulation which significantly lowers blood pressure. Hawthorn can be consumed in various forms such as capsules and tablets but is mostly taken in tea form. It is easy to find hawthorn in food stores. It can also be purchased from herbalists.
8. Cat’s Claw
Cat’s claw is a vine herb mostly found in South America. The herb has been used natively for thousands of years for a number of health benefits to the body. The name comes thorns found on the plant that is shaped like a cat’s claw. Consuming the bark extracts and roots of cat’s claw help improve calcium channels in the body thus controlling the water balance which helps lower the risk of high blood pressure. Recent studies on the herb have proven that it has abilities to affect the body in a number of healthy ways with lowering blood pressure being one of them. The herb contains flavonoids and tannins that help dilate blood vessels and thus lower blood pressure. Its scientific name is “Uncaria tomentosa“. It is mostly consumed as a tea by simmering either the herb’s roots or bark in water for an amount of time depending on how concentrated you want it to be. The herb can also be purchased in the form of a capsule or tablet in food stores or from herbalists.
9. Black Cumin Seeds
Black cumin seeds have been used for years mostly for their health benefits and as a flavorful spice. They are black seeds also known as Nigella sativa seeds. Studies have shown that black cumin seeds have quite a range of health benefits if used regularly.
For people with mildly high blood pressure, taking these seeds regularly can help lower blood pressure. Additionally, black cumin seeds have been known to improve cardiac health by reducing cholesterol levels in the body. If you are interested in taking these seeds, there can be taken in the form of oil which is extracted from them. You are advised to take 2.5ml twice each day.
10. Celery Seeds
Traditionally, extracts from the celery plant have been used mostly by the Chinese as a therapy for lowering blood pressure. Recent studies have shown that celery extracts are a natural diuretic that can be used as a remedy to lower levels of high blood pressure. You can easily add celery extracts to your everyday diet since they can be found in food stores everywhere. Celery can be consumed in a number of ways including adding it to soups, stews and vegetable dishes, as well as blending celery stalks in smoothies and consuming oil extracted from celery seeds.
Cardamom is a spice that is popular in Asia. It has been used for years to reduce levels of depression and stress in individuals. Studies conducted on the plant have revealed that if used often, cardamom can reduce the risk of cardiovascular issues by lowering blood pressure levels. Cardamom is mostly consumed as a powder. Seeds from cardamom pods are ground into a powder which you can consume by adding it to foods and beverages. Cardamom is flavorful and can give you quite a number of health benefits if you take it regularly.
Lavender is a plant with a very pleasant smell and that’s one of the reasons why it is used to induce relaxation in people. In addition to relaxing the mind and body, lavender has the ability to dilate blood vessels and thus lower blood pressure. Lavender can be consumed as a tea or in baked goods. Oil extracted from the herb can also be massaged on the body to induce relaxation.
13. Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo Biloba is a popular herb that contains flavonoids, and antioxidants that help lower blood pressure and also have other medical benefits. Constituents in the herb help dilate your arteries and also thin the blood and thus improve circulation throughout the body. This helps lower blood pressure. You can find and consume ginkgo biloba in the form of tablets or capsules in food stores or from herbalists.
Hibiscus has been used all over the world to manage blood pressure. Recent studies have proven that hibiscus is a diuretic that stabilizes blood pressure by extracting excess sodium from the blood. It is considered that hibiscus has the same effect on the blood as ACE inhibitors which are common drugs prescribed for high blood pressure. Hibiscus is consumed in the form of tea and you are advised to take at most three cups of the brew a day.
Flaxseed has been known to reduce blood pressure. Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and thus provide health benefits by reducing cholesterol in the blood, thus, stabilizing blood pressure. Research has also shown that flax seeds improve glucose tolerance in the body. You can consume flax seeds in powder form which can be added into salads and beverages. You are advised to take about 30 grams of flax seed powder per day.
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