High blood pressure or hypertension is the condition characterized by the blood pressure above 120/80mg Hg. This health problem has become very important recently, since, the number of people suffering from this condition is rising rapidly. Some estimated that almost half of the world’s population suffers from hypertension.
Hypertension medications, healthy lifestyle, regular exercising and reduction of everyday stress may do wonders, but there are some vitamins and herbs also known to decrease high blood pressure.
Vitamins A, B, C, D and E are proven to help patients dealing with heightened blood pressure.
Vitamin A is fat soluble vitamin. Together with vitamin C, vitamin A is keeping your arteries clean from cholesterol buildup and the potential damage it might cause. Vitamin A tends to stay in the body fats and may be overdosed, so always check with your doctor if and how much vitamin A should you use.
Vitamins B and D are also beneficial for our heart and blood pressure. Complex of vitamins B is responsible for the start of digestion of fat and sugar, preventing cholesterol accumulation in blood vessels and vitamin D is a helper in these processes in the body, which all lead to decrease of high blood pressure.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It prevents the harmful effect of toxic free radicals on blood vessels, protecting them. Also, this vitamin can increase the level of “good” HDL cholesterol and repair damaged arteries.
Vitamin E is also very powerful antioxidant vitamin. It is proven that just 30 IE (international units) of vitamin E used every day can prevent heart problems and high blood pressure. Vitamin E is also helpful in oxidizing and neutralizing the effects of “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Herbal remedies have been used for centuries to solve many medical problems. Some of these herbs are still in use, especially to treat high blood pressure.
Garlic is proven to decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Although there are plenty of OTC (over the counter) garlic products for hypertension, always consult your doctor about using garlic for this indication, because garlic consummation might affect some other medications used at the same time.
Red clover is known as a blood thinner, which helps improving the circulation. It achieves best results in people on a fat-free or fat-reduced diet.
Hawthorn, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, valerian, ginger and many other herbs are also widely used to treat hypertension. Doctors might also recommend taking magnesium, selenium and CoQ10 supplements to hypertension patients.