Hypertension is responsible for 60,000 deaths per year. Many die without ever knowing anything is wrong. Thirty percent of Americans suffer from this ‘silent’ killer. Hypertension or high blood pressure is medically defined as a condition in which the arteries have consistently high pressure. For many, high blood pressure is often a ‘gateway’ condition that is often overlooked until the consequences include a compound effect of other ailments due to related illnesses. It leads to damaged organs, heart attack risks, heart failure, and kidney disease, just to name a few. A normal blood pressure reading consists of 120mm/80mmHg. A reading of 140/90mmHg and above is considered high blood pressure and puts one at risks for the aforementioned diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 78 million Americans in the country suffer from high blood pressure and less than half of those people take measures to control it. The greatest danger lies in allowing the condition to go uncontrolled. However, an holistic approach, including all natural herbal remedies, has been proven to prevent and even control high blood pressure.
All natural herbal supplementation, a lifestyle revolving around healthy living and physical activity are all ways to control and possibly prevent high blood pressure.
A few herbal remedies include:
- Garlic – 3-5g per day has proven to be instrumental in lowering blood pressure and has positive effects on overall circulatory health.
- Hawthorne Berry – 2-4g per day of Hawthorne berry extract has a profound effect on blood pressure
- Cayenne pepper- ½ teaspoon in warm water served as a ‘tea’ has an immensely quick effect on blood pressure by forcing open blood vessels within minutes of consumption.
- Omega 3 fatty acids – 1-3g of omega 3 fatty acids has a positive effect on overall circulatory health
- Coq10- there is no ‘ideal’ dosage as this is found naturally in the human body. Dosages between 200-400mg are appropriate preventative measures and instrumental in promoting healthy circulatory system function.
- Beet juice- 1 glass of beet juice daily showed significant drops in patients with high blood pressure, most of which within an hour of consumption.
There are also other lifestyle changes that can be undertaken:
- Eating a healthier diet
- Exercising regularly
- Quitting smoking and drinking alcohol (if applicable)
- Losing weight, if overweight or obese
Regardless of the reason behind an elevated blood pressure reading, one of the MOST important factors in combating high blood pressure is through constant checkups and monitoring your blood pressure on a routine basis.
CAUTION: This information is not to be used as a replacement for medical treatment. Please consult with a health care provider.