Managing high blood pressure
High blood pressure is defined as having at least one of the following:
systolic blood pressure (the top number) over 130 mm Hg
diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) over 80 mm Hg
both systolic and diastolic values above these levels
You can manage blood pressure with medications, such as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and calcium channel blockers.
Many dietary and lifestyle changes can also reduce your blood pressure and lower your risk of heart disease. In fact, studies have shown that some herbs and spices may reduce blood pressure levels, so you may want to consider adding these to your diet, too. Make sure to speak with your healthcare provider before using any of the following herbs.
Below are ten herbs that may help lower blood pressure.
Basil contains compounds, such as eugenol, that may help reduce blood pressure, according to animal studies. However, more human research is needed.
Parsley contains a variety of compounds, such as vitamin C and dietary carotenoids, that may help lower blood pressure. However, more human research is needed to confirm these effects.
Animal research suggests celery seeds may reduce blood pressure. This herb may be effective thanks to its fibre and action as a natural calcium channel blocker. More studies are needed.
Chinese Cat’s Claw
Chinese cat’s claw contains compounds that may act as natural calcium channel blockers and help blood vessels relax, according to animal studies. More human studies are needed.
Animal research suggests the herb Bacopa monnieri may help blood vessels dilate and relax, lowering blood pressure. However, human research is conflicting and limited.
Garlic contains compounds, such as allicin, that have been shown to help relax blood vessels and aid blood flow. Collectively, these factors may help reduce blood pressure.
Thyme contains powerful compounds, such as rosmarinic acid, that appear to help relax blood vessels in animal studies. However, researchers need to do more studies in humans.
Cinnamon appears to help dilate and relax the blood vessels, which may help lower blood pressure.
Ginger appears to lower blood pressure by acting as a natural calcium channel blocker and dilating the blood vessels.
Animal and human research suggest cardamom may help lower blood pressure by acting as a natural calcium channel blocker and diuretic. Still, more human studies are needed.
The bottom line
High blood pressure is the most common, preventable risk factor for heart disease. It affects nearly half of all American adults” (and many more world-wide).
“The best way to manage high blood pressure is through a combination of the right medications, a healthy diet, regular exercise, and engaging in healthy lifestyle behaviours.
That said, there are several promising herbs and spices you can incorporate into your diet that may help lower your blood pressure.
They include basil, parsley, celery seeds, Chinese cat’s claw, Bacopa monnieri, garlic, thyme, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom, to name a few.
Keep in mind that many herbs and spices may interact with common blood thinner medications, and many extracts and supplements discussed above lack sufficient safety research.
For this reason, always consult a healthcare provider about what herbs and spices you’re considering incorporating into your diet, and never discontinue a medication without consulting them first.”
The above is just a snippet of Ryan’s article which can be read in full with all research links here
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