Home Remedies For High Blood Pressure

Life today is reeling under immense pressure. The sun may set but the worries won’t end and amidst this crisis of peace in our lives, our blood pressure keeps shooting up day by day. In medical terms, high blood pressure is also called Hypertension. If the blood pressure is at an improper level of 140/90 mmHg or higher, then it means you are suffering from high blood pressure.

Before taking an insight and learning how to treat high blood pressure, let us take a brief look over the symptoms of high blood pressure, it’s causes and the effects of high blood pressure.

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Symptoms of High Blood Pressure:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Severe headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue and Dizziness

Causes of High Blood Pressure

  • Smoking
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Too much salt in the diet
  • Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)
  • Stress
  • Old age
  • Genetics
  • Family history of high blood pressure (Hereditary)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Adrenal and thyroid disorders
  • Effects of High Blood Pressure

1. Cerebral stroke

High blood pressure leads to weakening of blood vessels, which lead to rupture and bleeding, thus leading to a stroke. The other parts of the brain may not receive the blood supply causing the brain cells to die. High blood pressure can also clot the arteries leading to your brain.

2. Heart Failure

High blood pressure may not allow blood to flow freely through the arteries to the heart. It is responsible for heart-muscle fatigue. Thus, the heart works with lesser efficiency and does not pump enough blood as per the needs of the body. Such a strained heart can eventually fail.

3. Kidney damage

High blood pressure can damage the tiny blood vessels within the kidney. This reduces the filtering of fluids and waste from the body. It may even lead to kidney failure. The above mentioned harmful wastes keep on accumulating in the body, forcing you to go for a dialysis on a regular basis.

4. Arteries

High blood pressure introduces stiffness in the arteries that carry blood to your heart and kidney. The organs have to work harder to make the flow smooth.

5. Eyes

Eyes are extremely sensitive and rise in blood pressure beyond a point is harmful for them. If the blood vessels of the eyes burst, you can even turn blind.

6. Diabetes

Diabetes and high blood pressure are inter-related. High blood pressure complicates diabetes further by making a diabetic patient suffer from diabetic eye or kidney problems. Also, diabetics are prone to suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure.

How to Treat High Blood Pressure

When dealing with high blood pressure it is essential to start treatment quickly. The effects of hypertension are troublesome and you need to tame them before they get higher. The solutions for high blood pressure are:

Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure

Lifestyle Changes

Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure:

Some home remedies for high blood pressure are as follows:

1. Green Tea

Regular intake of green tea reduces the blood pressure levels. Due to the healthy and healing effect of green tea, it has become an important natural resource for controlling high blood pressure.
Green tea contains lots of anti-oxidants (catechins), which help protect the heart and blood vessels. It is safe to consume two to three cups of green tea on a regular basis.

Consuming green tea regulates the pressure in blood and the threats caused due to high blood pressure can also be avoided.

Green tea is more effective over systolic blood pressure as compared to the diastolic blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure is related to the blood coming out of your heart. Diastolic blood pressure is the level of blood pressure between two consecutive heart beats.
Green tea consumption when combined with regular exercise and a healthy diet can really help to quite an extent in lowering the blood pressure.

2. Beetroot Juice

Beetroot juice is a rich source of nitrate, which converts into nitric oxide. This nitric oxide is a vasodilator and helps in normalizing the flow of blood inside the blood vessels.
500 ml of beetroot juice can significantly bring down the blood pressure, specifically systolic blood pressure by 10mmHg. Drinking 250 ml of beetroot juice everyday can serve as a powerful remedy for controlling high blood pressure.

A scientific research further confirmed these facts when 25 individuals of age group 18-64 years were subjected to different quantities of beetroot juice and water. The higher the level of beetroot juice consumed; the lower was the level of blood pressure in an individual. In case of individuals with plain water consumption, the blood pressure was higher than normal. Thus, you can deduce that beetroot juice is a powerful vegetable extract in reducing high blood pressure.

3. Eating Guava Before the Meals

Guava is one of the popular fruits of Asian countries and is being referred to as the “fruit of the tropics.”

Guavas are very rich in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins and are hypoglycemic in nature.
Guavas help in maintaining the normal fluid content of blood thus, making blood flow smooth and helping it continue at an optimum pressure.

Guavas can help reduce the cholesterol content in the blood. More over its hypoglycemic nature plays a very powerful role in reducing the blood pressure. These days we consume a lot of food that is lacking in fiber. Due to this, they quickly get converted into sugar, and this sugar content obstructs the normal blood flow. High blood pressure is thus caused.

The beneficial effects of eating guava before meals, in lowering blood pressure have been further studied in various researches. In one such scientific study, a 100 people were asked to participate. Among them, 50 had guavas before their meals and 50 were given their usual diet. After 13 weeks of this repeated activity, the blood pressure of each individual was recorded. The ones who were consuming guava had an average reduction in blood pressure by eight points. But those who continued to eat normally, had their usual high blood pressure levels, no progress made.

4. Aged Garlic Extract

The extract from fresh garlic, which is stored over a prolonged period of time is called‘Aged garlic extract (AGE).’

AGE protects, as well as enhances the growth of endothelial cells that line the blood vessels. It is also a powerful antioxidant. It performs the action of inhibiting oxidative damage of the endothelium. Stress factors, including smoking, drinking, improper diet and hectic lifestyles can cause a great damage to the endothelium cells. But eating AGE helps to treat them.

25 people were given AGE at a dose of 800 mg/day, for six months continuously. Cholesterol levels and blood pressure were measured on a monthly basis for every individual. AGE treatment resulted in a 5.5 percent decrease in systolic blood pressure and a smaller decrease in diastolic pressure. The researchers found that total cholesterol levels were lowered by an average of six to seven percent.
Thus aged garlic extract is one of the simplest ways to get rid of high blood pressure, when taken regularly.

5. Green Coffee Bean Extract

Green coffee bean extract is the latest buzz on the health market today and investigations have considerably increased about it. It is very useful in promoting good health, like controlling high blood pressure.

Another big advantage of green coffee bean extract is that it is natural and has no side-effects. They are just like green tea in nature and properties. Just like green tea they are rich in anti-oxidants (30%). The anti-oxidants in green coffee beans are chlorogenic acids (CGA).

The process of preparation of green coffee bean extracts (GCBE) is exactly like that of black tea. The original green coffee beans are processed from their original state, just as in case of processing of black tea from green tea leaves.

As low as 185 mg of green coffee beans can have a significant impact in controlling high blood pressure.

A study using green coffee beans was being conducted over a period of one month and with 117 individuals, who were suffering from high blood pressure. The results  were in favor of green coffee beans. The greater the dose of green coffee beans, the greater the improvement in the health of the individuals because of the lowering of high blood pressure.

The ones who did not consume the green coffee beans continued to suffer from high blood pressure. It is important to note that these are dose-relatedness findings, since these dose-relatedness findings are a clear cut evidence that a studied treatment is actually effective.

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