Hypertension And Its Herbal Remedies
Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. This condition arises when blood pressure exceeds the ideal level of 120/80 mmHg. In common terms, the 120 is the systolic blood pressure which is the pressure when the heart contracts and the 80 is the diastolic blood pressure that refers to the pressure when the heart is relaxed between contractions.
Doctor’s consider a rise in diastolic blood pressure a matter of concern because it directly means that the heart is not getting sufficient rest between contractions. This can lead to cardiac troubles.
A lot of herbs, seeds and veggies have been used to treat hypertension and here is a list of few.
Consuming garlic has been found to be effective in patients with a slightly elevated blood pressure. Allicin in garlic is known to increase the production of nitric oxide and that helps in relaxing the muscles of arteries thereby reducing both systolic and diastolic BP. To get the maximum benefits you got to peel the garlic clove and crush it a little and eat it raw. I know you will stink the whole day 😛 but what to do!!! Garlic has a blood thinning property so take garlic supplements under medical supervision.
Karpuravalli (Coleus forskohlii) plant is grown in many home gardens in Southern India. As per research done in this line, it has been found that this herb relaxes the muscles of the arteries and helps in lowering blood pressure. Some studies have evaluated the effect of Karpuravalli tablets and pills and found that it helps in reducing blood pressure in the elderly.
Drum sticks are called Sahjan in Hindi. These are well known for their high protein content and essential vitamins and minerals. Studies have shown that extracts from the leaves of the drumstick tree help in reducing BP. You can include drumsticks and also the leaves in your diet. They used a lot in South India.
Amla, the Indian gooseberry, has so many health benefits to offer and one among them is its ability to lower blood pressure. The vitamin C content also plays an essential role in widening blood vessels that help in reducing BP. Amla is a part of the ayurvedic preparation made out of three fruits called ‘triphala’.
Radish is also called mooli in Hindi. It is a common Indian vegetable that is used in Indian cuisine and in salads too. It is known to have antihypertensive property. This property may be a result of the presence of a high content of potassium in it. Potassium helps to counter the blood pressure-increasing effects of a high-sodium diet. Radish can be grated and mixed with curd to make raita, it can also be eaten raw in salads or cooked as a side dish.
In certain experiments conducted, sesame seed (til) has shown the ability to reduce blood pressure. This oil is widely used in South India. Sesame oil contains two compounds sesamin and sesaminol and these play a major role in the reduction of oxidative stress in the body. This provides an anti-inflammatory effect on the walls of the arteries thus contributing in lowering the blood pressure. As per recent studies conducted it has been found that a combination of sesame oil with rice bran oil helps in reducing blood pressure in patients with hypertension more effectively than taking blood pressure lowering medication alone.
Flaxseed is rich in ‘alpha linolenic acid’ which is one of the essential omega-3 fatty acids. According to studies it has been found that when people suffering with hypertension include flaxseed in their diet, their cholesterol levels lower and they also have a lowering of blood pressure.
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