Herbs For High Blood Pressure
Many people are choosing to use herbs for high blood pressure. High blood pressure or hypertension can cause heart attacks or strokes if left untreated. Although there are degrees of hypertension, anything over 120 – 139 systolic and 80- 89 diastolic can be dangerous and needs to be reduced.
In the early stages, there are not usually any symptoms, but as the pressure rises the patient can suffer dizziness, nosebleeds, and headaches. Hypertension has no single cause, although being overweight, eating too much salt, stress, and alcohol abuse can all contribute to high blood pressure.
There are several high blood pressure herbal remedies as well as natural supplements that can be used to reduce the need for drugs:
Garlic – Tests have shown that garlic supplements reduce pressure. If taking prescription medicines such as warfarin or aspirin, however, garlic should be used only under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner, as all of these supplements are blood thinners.
Hawthorn – Used by herbal practitioners, this has been shown to work very well. When given in addition to blood pressure medication, there were no herb/drug reactions reported.
Turmeric – An Indian spice used in curries, it is an anti-inflammatory, lowers cholesterol, is an antioxidant, and strengthens blood vessels as well as lowering pressure.
Gingko biloba – A Chinese herbal remedy for hypertension that improves blood circulation and dilates arteries. It also improves memory and mental alertness.
Olive leaf extract is one of a number of herbs for high blood pressure and can combat irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia.
CoQ10 – A supplement of 60 mg taken twice daily has been found to lower pressure after 12 weeks of treatment. Enzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance that is found naturally in the body and is an essential nutrient for the proper functioning and well being of the heart.
Maitake – From the Chinese mushroom. It reduces cholesterol and lowers both diastolic and systolic pressures.
Vitamin E can help prevent heart disease. Used together with Vitamin C, it slows the progression of atherosclerosis. When combined with vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid, it helps lower the risk of heart disease.
Omega 3 essential fatty acids such as flax oil and cod liver oil are possibly even better than fish oil because of the presence of fatty acids DHA and EPA, which are shown to greatly improve heart health.
Fish oil – The DHA in fish oil helps to lower pressure, although it may only have a modest effect.
Folic acid – Can help to reduce blood pressure, especially in smokers.
Calcium, magnesium, and potassium in the diet are also helpful for lowering blood pressure.
The best way to lower blood pressure is to eat a healthy diet with fresh fruit and vegetables. Cook with extra virgin olive oil and garlic, as they are shown to lower LDL cholesterol. Reduce consumption of trans fats, but eat nuts, grains, and whole foods.
Although these natural remedies can help, it may be necessary to take them in conjunction with prescription drugs and follow a healthy diet as suggested. An exercise routine should also be followed. Exercise helps with blood flow and increases metabolism. It is essential that a medical practitioner be consulted before taking any herbs for high blood pressure or stopping the use of prescription drugs.