High blood pressure is one of the most common and serious health problems affecting Americans. It affects about 75 million adults in the United States alone. Contributions are of no thanks to the modern fast-paced lifestyle which consists of constant time constraints and stress related activities. This lifestyle has also contributed to the increased consumption of prepackaged, highly processed foods and fast food which can be directly linked to increased blood pressure. To combat this read on to find some of the best herbs to lower blood pressure and make a healthier you!
What is High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure (Hypertension) is used to describe the force that blood being pumped by the heart creates while pushing up again the walls of the blood vessels. This pressure will be abnormally high for someone with high blood pressure. The higher the pressure is, the harder the heart has to work to pump blood to all areas of the body.
What Are the Contributing Factors?
Although the exact cause is unknown, high blood pressure can usually be contributed to several factors. Some of these factors include: cigarette smoking, stress, obesity, excessive use of caffeine, drug abuse, high sodium intake, or as a result of another underlying health problem.
Herbal Remedies and Why They Work
Below, we are going to discuss some of the best herbs to lower blood pressure. These herbs should be taken in conjunction with proper diet and exercise.
Cayenne contains a compound called capsaicin which is what gives Cayenne its spicy flavor. Capsaicin has been found to affect sensory nerves that work with neuro-hormonal systems to lower blood pressure.
Chamomile tea is known to reduce anxiety. It also aids in sleep. Keeping calm and eliminating stress can be an important factor in lowing blood pressure.
Fennel contains vitamin C and folate which has been linked to lowering blood pressure levels. You can add fennel to your diet by eating the fennel bulbs, taking fennel capsules, or drinking fennel tea (fennel can be a natural diuretic so it is best to drink fennel tea in the morning).
Hawthorne Berries are flavonoids that actually help to dilate the blood vessel. Dilating the blood vessel improves circulation and minimizes pressure on the artery walls ultimately reducing the amount the heart has to work to pump blood.
Parsley is shown to increase the elimination of sodium, potassium, and fluid by the kidneys (diuretic). Sodium will cause water retention. Too much water retention exerts more pressure on the blood vessels. By adding parsley into your diet, you can reduce some of the fluid that is put out by the kidneys and lower your blood pressure. Parsley also contains flavonoids to help dilate blood vessels. Parsley is a common herb that can be purchased at any grocery store or grown in your own backyard.
Rosemary is also a diuretic which helps to eliminate water retention. Rosemary is a common herb that can be purchased at any grocery store or grown in your own backyard. Rosemary can be used in many dishes.
Hops dilate the blood vessels relieving pressure on the blood vessel walls. You can make a bitter tea from dried hops. Hops pellets can be grown in your own backyard or purchased from a brewery store.
Valerian root can be found as a dietary supplement sold as a capsule, a tea, or in a dried root extract. Valerian root is known to reduce stress and anxiety. It can also help in the treatment of insomnia. Its stress-reducing properties may help to decrease blood pressure.
Mistletoe contains alkaloids and lectins and is thought to help in lowering blood pressure. However, there have not been many studies done on its effects. The berries and leaves of the mistletoe plant are toxic and should not be eaten. Mistletoe is injected as an extract. Mistletoe extract is not currently available in the United States.
Drinking 3 cups of Suma tea daily can help to lower blood pressure. Suma tea is known to reduce stress. Reducing stress can help aid in lowering blood pressure.