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Is There a Natural Medicine High Blood Pressure Can Be Relieved By?

Posted in Blood Pressure Reduction on September 6th, 2007

High blood pressure is often not identified by the person who has it.  It is usually during a routine examination that the signs are diagnosed. Dependent upon the severity of the case, the doctor may prescribe medication in order to reduce high blood pressure.  However, there are many people today who would prefer to use alternative treatments to relieve hypertension in the belief that they cause little of no side effects when applied.  So, is there a natural medicine high blood pressure can be relieved with?

Blood pressure is often elevated when the blood vessels in the body become clogged or excessively constricted.  Unfortunately, this in turn can cause stress to be placed on a person’s heart, which means that it has to work much harder to pump the blood around the body.  If high blood pressure is left untreated it can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke or even kidney failure.

It is now claimed that 1 in 3 people across the world will have high blood pressure by the year 2025.  This would a large increase on the current number – an uplift of 60% and would lead to a total of 1.56 billion people suffering with the condition.

Although medication will often be prescribed to reduce blood pressure to an acceptable level rapidly, to alleviate more damage being caused, those with hypertension are usually also instructed to make some lifestyle changes including amending their diets.

Firstly it is recommended that high blood pressure sufferers reduce the foods they eat which are rich in sodium. This is especially important if you happen to be sensitive to this particular mineral. People in industrialized countries are consuming a greater volume of processed food, which is believed to account for around 80% of the sodium that a person has in a typical diet.

It is often recommended that along with reducing the amount of salt in the diet, there should be an increase in the amount of potassium, calcium and magnesium consumed.  Most fruits and vegetables are very rich in potassium.  Whilst broccoli and vegetables, which have dark green leaves, are full of both magnesium and calcium.

Some studies have been carried out on natural plant and animal extracts which have shown promise and been concluded to help in relieving high blood pressure.  Although it is important that you consult with your doctor before taking any food supplements to ensure there is not interactions with other medication and that they will be beneficial in reducing your symptoms.

Here are a few natural options that have been shown to have a beneficial effect on reducing high blood pressure:

Garlic – A meta-analysis or 7 randomized trials that looked into the benefits of garlic supplement showed that there was a significant lowering of systolic and diastolic blood pressure.  The researchers involved in the analysis surmised that garlic powder may have a clinical use in people with mild hypertension.

It is important to note that garlic is a blood thinner, and may interact with other medication that you have been prescribed by the doctor.  This is why people are generally warned not to take garlic supplements when they are going to have surgery in the next 7 days.  So, it is important that a conversation is held with your doctor to ensure that they are aware that garlic is being considered.  
Hawthorn Extract – Practitioners of traditional herbal medicine have suggested hawthorn for various conditions for many years.

However, it was only until relatively recently after a study in Reading in the UK that it was found to be beneficial for lowering blood pressure.

A randomized controlled trial on 79 patients with type 2 diabetes received either 1200 mg of hawthorn extract every day or placebo. The trial lasted for 16 weeks and in 71 % of the patients medication was being taken for high blood pressure already.

When the trial has finished, it was found that the people who where given the Hawthorn extract showed a significant reduction in diastolic blood pressure, and no interactions with the blood pressure drugs where reported.

Also a number of preliminary studies carried out indicate that fish oil can also lower high blood pressure, although further studies need to conducted.

There is really no single natural medicine high blood pressure can be relieved by.  Many aspects of a person’s life can effect blood pressure, and each of these needs to be considered when developing a sensible approach to relieving the condition.

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