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Top 8 Herbs That May Help Lower High Blood Pressure - Nutriblog.net -

Top 8 Herbs That May Help Lower High Blood Pressure - Nutriblog.net -

 



Can high blood pressure be treated with medicinal herbs?

Some herbs may help relieve high blood pressure, but it is necessary to be careful when using any of them, as some herbs may contain ingredients not mentioned on the labels that explain the ingredients and placed behind the boxes, which may cause a conflict with the medicines prescribed by the doctor, or with over-the-counter medicines, it is worth noting the importance of consulting a doctor before taking any type of medicine that contains herbs or herbal extracts.


It is the best way to control high blood pressure. The use of appropriate medicines described by a specialist doctor, in addition to a healthy diet, exercise aerobic exercise and physical activity, and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle and behaviors


Medicinal Plants Used in the Management Hypertension


We mention in the following some herbs that help reduce blood pressure, with an emphasis on the importance of consulting a doctor before using any of them:

Basil: A study published in Hypertension Research in 2010 on mice with high blood pressure indicated that the use of basil helped reduce systolic (the upper reading of blood pressure) and diastolic (the lower reading of blood pressure) by about 15-20 mm Hg. It should be noted that the results of this study are not yet confirmed in humans.

Parsley: A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2019, which was conducted on mice with high blood pressure, indicated that the extract of the parsley plant helped lower levels of diastolic and systolic blood pressure and arterial blood pressure. This is because it contains compounds that help expand blood vessels, but other studies are still needed to know the effect of parsley on stress in humans.

 Brahmi herb: (scientific name: Bacopa monnieri); A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2011, which was conducted on mice, indicated that the use of this herb helped lower diastolic and systolic blood pressure without affecting the heartbeat. By releasing nitric oxide gas from the membranous lining into the blood vessels. In addition to their effect on the balance of calcium ions in the smooth muscle cells of blood vessels, and some compounds in the Brahmi herb may help expand blood vessels as well, but other studies are still needed to confirm these results in humans.

Garlic: A comprehensive analysis of more than 12 clinical trials, published in the Journal of Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine in 2019, indicated that garlic supplements may help reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and this has been associated with a 16-40% reduction in the risk of heart disease.

Thyme: A study published in the Acta poloniae pharmaceutica in 2014, which was conducted on mice, indicated that taking thyme extract helped reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate as well, but other studies are still needed to know the effect of thyme in humans.

 Cinnamon: A meta-analysis indicated the results of 9 clinical trials. Published in Critical reviews in food science and nutrition in 2020; That cinnamon supplement helped lower diastolic and systolic blood pressure.

Ginger: A study published in Nutrition in 2017 indicated that eating ginger daily was associated with a lower risk of high blood pressure, and also indicated the possibility that ginger contains compounds that help prevent other chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. High blood lipids, and others.

Cardamom: A study published in the Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics in 2009, which included patients with high blood pressure from the first stage indicated that consuming cardamom helped reduce blood pressure in those who consumed it, and also helped reduce the risk of blood clots.


General advice for people with high blood pressure

 The blood pressure medications prescribed by the doctor are the most effective for treating high blood pressure, but some practices must be followed to prevent high blood pressure and the following are some tips to keep blood pressure within a normal level:

Adequate diet: It is recommended to follow a diet low in sodium, low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and rich in whole grains and fiber, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. This may help lower blood pressure, and it is recommended to follow the hypertension diet, or what is known as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, short for the DASH Diet).

Reduce sodium intake: no sodium is mainly in table salt, and recommends most of the instructions related to high blood pressure by reducing sodium intake; Due to its negative effect on cardiovascular health, the recommended amount of sodium is approximately 2,300 mg per day, and to reduce the amount of sodium in the diet; It is advised to avoid eating processed foods, preserves, chicken broth cubes, pickles, and other foods that contain a large amount of salt.

Avoid caffeine: The effect of caffeine on blood pressure is still unclear. There is a need for more research on this topic, but it is advised to avoid caffeine for people with high blood pressure. Where it was observed that caffeine intake leads to an increase in blood pressure of approximately 10 mm Hg in people who are not used to consuming it, while the effect of caffeine was not observed in people who consumed it frequently.

Quit smoking: as smoking causes high blood pressure. As one cigarette raises blood pressure for several minutes after smoking, so stopping smoking contributes to maintaining the level of blood pressure within a normal limit, while quitting smoking contributes to the prevention of cardiovascular disease and improving the health of the body in general.

Weight loss: blood pressure usually rises with weight gain. Obesity increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, and losing one kilogram of weight reduces blood pressure by one millimeter of mercury.

Exercising: Maintaining exercise; Especially aerobic exercise, and increased physical activity, may contribute to lowering blood pressure. This is due to its role in expanding blood vessels, increasing their elasticity, and thus reducing blood pressure.

Eat probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria found in food, and it has been observed that they may help lower blood pressure.

Avoid exposure to stress: Exposing to stress and psychological pressure for long periods of time may cause high blood pressure, in addition to many other health problems. So, it is advised to avoid stressors and try to relax, and the practice of yoga may help maintain blood pressure within a normal level. 


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