Herbs and High Blood Pressure

Home / Diet And Herbs / Herbs and High Blood Pressure

Herbs and High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a silent killer, as there are very few symptoms prior to a heart attack or stroke. While high blood pressure can occur at any age, the older we get, the more likely it is to be a problem. It is estimated that one in three people have high blood pressure, with 1/3 of those completely unaware of the problem.

Aside from age, there are other risk factors. Being overweight, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and alcohol use can all have a big impact on readings.A normal rate is considered to be under 120 systolic (or the top number) and under 80 diastolic (the bottom number. There are four categories or stages, with normal being the first group. The fourth category is Stage 2 hypertension and occurs when the rate is over 160 systolic and over 100 diastolic.

Dealing with high blood pressure is a team approach. It is imperative to work with your health care provider to develop a treatment plan. Suggestions that may be given include a healthy diet (low sodium, low fat, etc.) and an exercise program. Medications may also be necessary.

There are herbs that can be useful in dealing with this silent killer. However, again, it should be a team approach. The doctor needs to know what supplements you are taking or intend to take, to prevent harmful drug/herb interactions.

Herbal and nutritional supplements that might be suggested include garlic and salmon oil. Hawthorne may also be suggested, but should not be used if there is underlying heart disease. Coenzyme Q10 and folic acid may also be suggested.

There are other herbs and spices in most kitchens that can be helpful besides garlic. Turmeric, an ingredient in curry powder, may have some use, as does ginger. Maitake mushrooms could also help to lower rates. Even olive oil may be useful.

Besides herbs that lower readings, there are herbs that raise it, and two of them are fairly common in our food. Rosemary has a tendency to raise rates, but licorice is even stronger. If you have hypertension, it is advised to steer clear of those two herbs, and this includes candy with licorice in it.

I am a Master Herbalist, and I have an e-book out on the topic of natural herbal remedies, including preparation instructions. Visit my website for more information on garlic.

Photo by PAHO/WHO

Recommended Posts

Leave a Comment

Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt

Start typing and press Enter to search