Get Down: 68 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure – Part 2
36. Don’t Pass on Parsley: It’s a natural diuretic, which cuts blood pressure.
37. Go for Ginger: This offers hypertensive benefits to some.
39. Defy Dracula: Evidence shows that garlic lowers hypertension 2-7 percent. Onions help too.
40. Single Out Psyllium: Take this soluble fiber with plenty of water. Other sources of fiber include peas, beans, apples, pears and citrus fruit.
41. Consider Black Cohosh: This herb may help.
42. Cultivate Celery Seeds: They also contain calcium, which might add to their effect.
43. Dig Dandelions: Available in tinctures, tea, capsules and edible fresh leaves or roots.
44. Yell for Yarrow: Herbalists also call it milfoil.
45. Mind Your Melatonin: This hormone decreases nighttime blood pressure, concluded a study published in the January 2004 issue of Hypertension.
47. Bring on Biofeedback: Using a special machine, individuals learn to control their own physiological responses–including blood pressure.
48. Omit Oral Contraceptives: Birth control pills can increase blood pressure.
49. Don’t Knock Noni: This Polynesian fruit is also known as morinda citrifolia and Indian mulberry.
50. Spice It Up: Try basil, pepper, cinn., chili powder, curry, fennel, horseradish, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, sage, tarragon and thyme. Some directly lower blood pressure, and all substitute for salt.
52. Fall in Love with Lutein: Eat your spinach–or your kale or collards or mustard greens–or lake lutein supplements.
53. Don’t Give Up on Ginkgo: It relaxes arterial walls, easing pressure.
54. Remember These Three Bs: Alter angioplasty surgery, three different B vitamins–folate, [B.sub.6] and [B.sub.12]– cut in half the risk that arteries will re-close.
55. Air Out Antioxidants: Zeaxanthin, beta-cryptoxanthin and alpha-carotene may help.
56. Go Mad About Saffron: This herb contains a blood pressure-lowering chemical called crocetin.
58. ‘Tai’ One On: Tat chi proponents say their rituals lower blood pressure.
59. Call Your Mother wort: This herb is also known as Leonurus cardiaca.
61. Go Cuckoo for Coleus Forskohlii: This herb lowers blood pressure naturally.
62. Buy into Bilberry: This European blueberry contains anthocyanosides, which are powerful flavonoids.
63. Let in the Cat’s Claw: Contains the alkaloid rhynchophylline, which has anti-hypertensive effects.
65. Go to GotuKola: For lowering blood pressure.
67. Jilt the Java: Too much daily coffee-and even tea-can raise blood pressure.
68. Now, Go to Bed: High blood pressure patients deprived of sleep experience significant increases in blood pressure, especially during the evening.
What Causes It?
A buildup of cholesterol causes arteries to become hardened,. inelastic and narrowed. There may even be a higher-than- normal flow of blood, or the heart may beat harder or faster than it should. Any of these conditions increases the pressure of the blood against the artery walls.
How Is It Measured?
Your blood pressure is highest when the heart contracts, pumping the blood. This is called systolic pressure; it’s the top number in your blood pressure reading.
When your heart is at rest–between beats–your blood pressure falls. This is the diastolic pressure; it’s the bottom number inyour blood pressure reading.
A device called a Sphygmomanometer records pressure changes in millimeters of mercury or mm/Hg.
How High Is High?
Systolic (mm/Hg) Diastolic (mm/Hg)
Normal under 130 under 85
High Normal 130-139 85-89
High 140 and over 90 and over
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