medicalMany factors affect the development of high blood pressure or hypertension. It can be stress, alcohol, smoking, obesity or a lack of any physical activity. It could also be family history and age.

Technically, hypertension is not a disease, but when left untreated, this problem can lead to more serious complications since the long term force of the blood against your artery walls can cause health problems, like heart disease.

Blood pressure depends on the amount of blood pumped and the amount of resistance to blood flow produced by the arteries. The more blood pumped and the narrower the arteries, the higher the blood pressure.

Of course, your lifestyle plays a huge role in the controlling and preventing hypertension. Eat healthy food, especially food rich in potassium. Consuming less saturated and trans fat is also recommended, because having too much cholesterol in the blood makes it ‘thicker’ and it may even lead to atherosclerosis, which can block some blood vessels.

groupIncrease physical activity. It can lower blood pressure, manage stress and generally reduces the risks of many health problems. Don’t smoke, limit alcohol. Alcohol raises blood pressure and tobacco injures blood vessel walls and speeds up the hardening of the arteries.

Of course, besides the usual tips, there are also herbs and spices used as natural medication for hypertension patients.

images-4Garlic. It contains allicin, which possesses lipid lowering and anti-hypertension properties. Additionally, it also carries antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

Onions. It contains quercetin, an antioxidant flavanol. This helps prevent heart disease and stroke, complications of hypertension.

imagesCinnamon. It is known to prevent heart disorders, but it also helps in controlling blood pressure. Furthermore, it also contains anti-oxidants which help lower the blood’s sugar levels.

diet-with-olivesOlives. More specifically, olive oil. It was shown in a study that people who used olive oil daily had a significant reduction in their high blood pressure.

shutterstock_249009754-e1447445801427Oregano. This herb is rich in carvacrol which helps in reducing heart rate, arterial pressure and systolic and diastolic pressure – the pressure exerted when the heart ‘pumps in’ and ‘pumps out’.

hawthorn_berryHawthorn. This herb was traditionally popular as a treatment of hypertension.

Cardamon

Cardamom. It was observed that it exhibits anti-oxidant properties, breaking down blood clots without causing any change to lipid and fibrinogen levels.

download-5Chili peppers. All chili peppers, one of them being the jalapeno, contain capsaicin. Long-term dietary consumption of this particular compound can greatly reduce blood pressure.

For those experiencing hypertension, make sure not to leave it untreated. It may be harmless now, but leave it be and you’ll put yourself in big trouble.

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