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Get Down: 68 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure – Part 2

[19 Jul 2010 | One Comment | 143 views | Author: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT]
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35. Cook with Cayenne: The capsicum in cayenne slows arteriosclerosis, which can cause hypertension.

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.

38. Seal the Deal: Goldenseal root may help, especially when taken in conjunction with ginger.

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.

46. Stork Up on Perinatal EFAs: The fatty acids DHA, EPA and ALA help prevent hypertension in adulthood.

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.

51. Grasp Grape Seed Extract: Research at the University of Alabama suggests grape seed extract can lower blood pressure significantly.

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.

57. Reach for Reishi Mushroom Extract: Taking 55 mg of concentrated reishi mushroom extract three times a clay was found to reduce moderately high blood pressure after 1 month.

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.

60. Highlight Herbs: Chamomile flowers, fennel seed and rosemary may cut hypertension risk.

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.

64. Keep Kelp: A 1997 study suggested kelp may help.

65. Go to GotuKola: For lowering blood pressure.

66. Indulge in Aromatherapy: Aromatic bath or massage oils temporarily lower hypertension. Try 5 drops each of lemon balm and lavender in warm bath water.

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

About the author:

Art Ditmar  Better Nutrition. July 2004. http://www.findarticles.com/

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