High blood pressure is a growing health issue. While genetics can predispose a person to hypertension, diet and lifestyle are major contributing factors. One widely recognized influence is stress.
There are so many time pressures placed upon us today – no pun intended. Life sometimes feels like a ticking time-bomb and as a result, blood pressure levels can be affected and remain elevated.
Chronic stress and poor diet are often linked, and both contribute to high blood pressure. Both are also symptoms and causes of each other – stress increasingly leads to less than ideal food and beverage choices, and eating an excess of simple carb, processed foods increases stress symptoms.
Natural treatment options exist, both for lowering blood pressure and for helping relieve the stress that may be causing it.
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Garlic extract lowers blood pressure because it can stimulate nitric oxide in the cells. This causes the dilation of blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure. You will find garlic extract as an ingredient in many natural supplements for high blood pressure because it is such an effective remedy.
Arjuna bark is a good source of CoQ10 (Co-enzyme Q-10), which is another component of many blood pressure and cholesterol supplements. This bark has been used for many years as an important part of Ayurvedic treatment for patients with elevated blood pressure.
CoQ10 plays a crucial role in the proper functioning of the vital organs in the body, especially the heart and liver. The body’s own CoQ10 can become depleted as we age. This can result in weaker heart muscles, putting us at risk of developing heart palpitations and high blood pressure. The good news is that these health problems can be prevented by taking natural supplementation of CoQ10, or arjuna bark. The heart will be able to function better and high blood pressure will become less of a problem.
Rauwolfia – Indian Snakeroot
Rauwolfia, also known as Indian snakeroot, is a rich source of alkaloids. This herb helps lower blood pressure because its alkaloids help control nerve impulses passing through various nerve pathways. This positively affects the blood vessels and heart, resulting in lower blood pressure.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been referred to as a miracle cure for lowering high blood pressure, and for its ability to provide fast-acting relief. Taking one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar three times a day, for a week, can help lower blood pressure. If you find it too strong to drink straight, you can have it mixed in a glass of water.
The DASH Diet
This is a diet you may not have heard of. It helps lower high blood pressure.
This diet plan covers the importance of reducing sodium intake, because too much sodium can dramatically increase your blood pressure. A DASH diet has been recommended for people who are sensitive to the adverse effects of salt.