Herbs to help reduce blood pressure

MedicinalFoodsHypertension, or high blood pressure afflicts many people today, and is responsible for increased risk of kidney disease, heart attacks, vision problems, heart failure, stroke and other health risks.

Frequent exercise and movement (don’t sit for long periods), and a diet that includes more fruits and vegetables and less meat and dairy benefits all of us—and our general health and energy.

But you may be surprised to know that several common herbs incorporated into your daily diet are also a great help in reducing blood pressure and the need for medications.

Garlic—Recent studies at the Clinical Research Center in New Orleans have re-confirmed that garlic is one of the world’s most potent medicinal foods.

The researchers found that its primary medicinal compound, allicin, taken daily, was able to substantially reduce BP in all nine of their research subjects with severe hypertension.

Onions—Research published in the American Journal of Nutrition found that the antioxidants flavonol and quercitin in onions substantially reduced both diastolic and systolic pressures in cases of severe hypertension compared to patients taking a placebo.

Cinnamon—This spicy herb has many health properties, including lowering blood pressure and fighting diabetes. Subjects who ingested a daily water soluble form of cinnamon greatly increased their level of disease-fighting antioxidants.

Oregano—Carvacol, a compound found in oregano, reduced arterial pressure, diastolic and systolic pressures and heart rate in all the test subjects.

Cardamom—After daily doses of this herb for three months, all 20 subjects with severe hypertension significantly reduced their blood pressure.

Olives—We’ve all heard much about the Mediterranean Diet whose populations in that part of the world consume abundant amounts of their precious olive oil. Olive oil naturally reduces blood pressure, and Mediterranean populations true to their traditional diet enjoy are some of the healthiest and most disease-free people of our times.

Hawthorn—This herb is not so familiar as the others, but recent studies on nearly 100 type 2 diabetes patients taking 1200 mg of hawthorn extract for 16 weeks substantially reduced their hypertension.

Improving your diet can be a great adventure, and a good diet should not be bland. Generous use of health-giving herbs in your daily dishes can be delicious, as well as nutritious!

Source: Naturalnews.com (Sandeep Godiyal)

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