High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a serious health problem that can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. A blood pressure reading of 140/90 mm Hg or above is considered high.
Hypertension usually is diagnosed when a person has a sustained high reading over a certain period of time. Common causes or contributing factors of hypertension are obesity, genetic factors, excessive drinking, high salt intake, lack of aerobic exercise, stress, birth control pills, pain relievers, kidney disease, and adrenal disease. Medication is often prescribed for hypertension. You can also help control it with simple natural remedies.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for high blood pressure.
Garlic processes the great properties that help you get blood pressure in control. Either raw or cooked form garlic helps you in reducing cholesterol level. Whenever you have your blood pressure level high then try eating 1 – 2 slightly crushed cloves of garlic regularly. As crushed garlic cloves generate hydrogen sulfide, which helps in promoting good flow of blood, decreases the pressure on the heart and gets rid of gas. You can also take 5 to 6 drops of garlic juice mixed with 4 teaspoons of water two times a day for better results.
Basil is commonly used as a spice because of the health benefits it contains due to the high amounts of vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C. Including this herb in your diet will help you lower high blood pressure and also add more flavor to your dishes. Keeping fresh basil at your home is very easy because it is a low-maintenance plant that is can be easily grown at home.
Ginger has been used for centuries in Asian and Indian cultures, especially for its numerous health benefits. Ginger is great for preventing heart conditions, such as lowering blood pressure, decreasing cholesterol, and preventing blood clots. Ginger decreases bad cholesterol (Low Density Lipoproteins), by preventing plaque build-up on arterial walls, that can lead to increased blood pressure. Ginger also acts as a blood thinner, which prevents blood clots. Blood clots can prevent adequate blood flow throughout your body, leading to high blood pressure. Preventing blood clot formation can help reduce the prevalence of a heart attack or stroke.
Method: Add fresh ginger to your smoothies and juices, and try to incorporate ginger into your daily cooking.
Coconut water contains potassium and magnesium which help the muscles function better, it releases tension of the blood vessels in the whole body and that way helps the heart work properly. You can consume it anytime you find it convenient whether it is during your breakfast or after lunch. Also eating coconut is excellent for the heart since the nutrients it contains promote proper heart function.
Watermelon seeds contain a compound called cucurbocitrin, which helps widen the blood capillaries. At the same time, it also helps improve kidney functioning. This in turn reduces blood pressure levels and also helps a lot with arthritis.
Also, a 2010 Florida State pilot study found that watermelon can help lower blood pressure due to its vasodilatory effect.
Grind equal quantities of dried watermelon seeds and poppy seeds (khus khus). Take one teaspoon of this mixture in the morning on an empty stomach and again in the evening. Alternatively, add two teaspoons of gently crushed, dried watermelon seeds to one cup of boiled water. Steep it for about an hour, then strain it. Take four tablespoons of this water at regular intervals throughout the day.
We already explained the importance of omega-3 fatty acids for the heart health. Fish oil is rich in these fatty acids and it can be used to treat everything from cognition to digestion as well as hypertension. This oil balances cholesterol levels and reduces triglycerides thus reduces the risk of heart disease. You can include more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet by consuming tuna or salmon or you can take supplements.
The high level of the phytochemical 3-N-butylphthalide present in celery greatly helps control high blood pressure. Phthalides help relax the muscles in and around arterial walls, thereby creating more space and allowing the blood to flow in without difficulty.
At the same time, it can help reduce the stress hormones that constrict blood vessels, which contributes to high blood pressure.
Try to eat one stalk of celery along with a glass of water daily. If you prefer, you can munch on celery throughout the day.
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have known since ancient times about the efficiency of this plant for treating heart related diseases. Whether you consume it as a tea, pill or a liquid extract it will provide numerous health benefits including: improve blood flow, prevent blood clots and reduce hypertension. The efficacy of this plant is due to the high levels of flavonoids it contains which are extremely beneficial for the whole cardiovascular system. These compounds promote steady blood flow by widening the blood vessels, and also help treat arrhythmia, palpitations, they improve glucose metabolism and promote the health and function of the capillaries.
Fenugreek seeds are an effective ingredient for lowering high blood pressure due to their high potassium and dietary fiber content.
Boil one to two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in water for about two minutes, and then strain it. Put the seeds in a blender and mix it into a paste. Eat this paste twice a day, once in the morning on an empty stomach and once in the evening. Follow this remedy for two to three months to notice a significant improvement in your blood pressure level.
Lavender is great for both relaxing and using as a treatment for hypertension. Some people add it in meals; however most of them use it in the form of essential oil to inhale it during the day. It is very important to use lavender before going to bed or throughout the day whenever you feel under pressure or stressed. You can even use lavender to treat tension headaches. Keeping this plant at home will help you relax more often thus keep your blood pressure at normal rate.