As your blood circulates through the body, it presses up against the walls of the arteries. This force of pressure is referred to as blood pressure. When the pressure against the arterial walls becomes too high, these walls often become narrow or thicken and this adds an extra burden of stress on the heart.
Blood pressure may in some cases temporarily rise from stress, exercise or other emotions from joy to anger. But the pressure quickly returns to normal once the stressor has passed. But in many individuals, the blood pressure is high all the time.
Approximately 50 million Americans have high blood pressure or hypertension, with almost half of those over the age of 65. This disorder can cause very other serious conditions, such as stroke, heart disease, eye damage, diabetes, and kidney problems; so hypertension is considered one of the nation’s leading health problems.
What causes high blood pressure?
It is believed by most doctors that the root causes of high blood pressure deride from one of these causes:
- Diet high in sugar, fat and/or salt
- Alcohol or caffeine and any other stimulates
- Pregnancy or birth control pills
- Underlying medical disorders
- Poisoning with heavy metal
There are some natural remedies that will help any high blood pressure. These include but not limited to:
Hawthorne (Crataegus oxycanthae) – This is an herbal medicine that dilates the artery walls and will decrease blood pressure. The berry is the part of the plant that is used and can be taken as a tincture, capsule, or tea. It is considered an excellent tonic for the heart but should not be mixed with any heart medications prescribed by your physician.
Calcium and magnesium – These are minerals that have shown with studies to lower blood pressure. It is advised to take a combination of 500 mg of calcium and 250 mg of magnesium twice daily.
Coenzyme Q10 – studies show that this nutrient also reduces blood pressure when one take 100 mg 2 to 3 times daily.
Fish Oil – This is great for reducing blood pressure when taken on a long-term basis – this is usually 3000 mg 3 times each day.
Garlic – Several studies confirm garlic’s ability to lower blood pressure on a 600 mg twice daily regimen of an aged garlic extract.
Vitamin C – This has a mild effect with lowering of the blood pressure and also helps the body to detoxify any toxic metal, such as lead, which can contribute to high blood pressure. 1000 to 2000 mg or more daily is recommended – Vitamin C is water soluble and the body does not store it.
Potassium – This is a mineral that has been shown in many studies and tests to lower blood pressure. Use as part of a product that is a salt-substitute. Or else, use up to 2000 mg only under the management of a physician. Do not use potassium if you are taking any diuretic that is potassium sparing or have heart disease or kidney problems that are serious.
Other natural remedies include:
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnate) this relaxes the nerves and is helpful for blood pressure that increases due to stress. Take 0.5 ml or 250 mg no more than 3 times daily.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) very strong nerve relaxer nerve much like Valium and can lower blood pressure indirectly. Take 0.5 to 1.0 ml or 300 mg up to 3 times each day.
Oatstraw (Avena sativa)and Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)are herbs for relaxing the nerves. They can be used as a tea throughout the day.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is extract and should be taken in 500 mg doses three times each day for a blood pressure-lowering effect.
Dandelion leaf (Taraxacium officinale) works like a very gentle, natural diuretic that lowers blood pressure. Take 300 mg of capsule form or 2 ml up to three times daily.
Summary: The article is about blood pressure, some of its causes and some natural remedies to help in the handling of it.
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