5 ingredients that will lower your blood pressure
Hypertension is characterized by high blood pressure, and can be a secondary effect to kidney disease, but also has been associated with certain medications. If it is left untreated, it can cause complications by the narrowing of blood vessels. So, the best way to keep your blood pressure at normal levels, is to use natural remedies that have the ability to lower your blood pressure. These 5 ingredients used in cooking, are accessible and inexpensive and will help lower your blood pressure.
Holy basil or tulsi
Holy basil is part of the repertoire of India's traditional system of medicine, known as Ayurveda. It has been reported to aid in weight loss and decrease the Stress Hormone Cortisol. Recently, clinical trials have established that oral administration of 250g of dried leaf powder for 6 weeks reduces blood pressure in hypertensive patients.
Besides being a great spice for cooking because of its distinct scent, add a christmassy smell to drinks, and help with acid reflux. Randomized controlled trials demonstrated the positive effects of short term cinnamon consumption on prediabetes and type 2 diabetes patients. It was found that short - term consumption of this spice significantly decreased systolic blood pressureand diastolic blood pressure by 5.39 mm Hg (95% CI, –6.89 to –3.89) and 2.6 mm Hg (95% CI, –4.53 to –0.66) respectively. It was concluded therefore that cinnamon (short term) is associated with a notable reduction in SBP and DBP.
Ginger is another all rounder plant used as a spice. It has been scientifically proven to help fight obesity, reduce colon cancer risk and help treat asthma. Ginger, has been found to lower blood pressure through blockade of Voltage-Dependent Calcium Channels. In this animal trial, anesthetized rats were given crude extract of ginger (0.3-3 mg/kg), which induced a fall in the arterial blood pressure of anesthetized rats.
Celery seed has reported to help get get rid of excess fluid (edema). But, this vegetable has also been shown to lower blood pressure. This was shown in an study aimed to investigate the effects of different celery (Apium graveolens) seed extracts on blood pressure (BP). Researchers found that the hexanic, methanolic, and aqueous-ethanolic extracts, decreased BP and increased the heart rate in hypertensive rats, but had no effect on normotensive rats. The data showed that administration of 300 mg/kg of hexanic, methanolic, and aqueous-ethanolic (20/80, v/v) extracts of the celery seed caused 38, 24, and 23 mmHg reduction in BP and 60, 25, and 27 beats per minute increase in the Heart Rate, respectively.
Turmeric is an amazing spice, used in savory dishes and also certain drinks for medicinal purposes. It been scientifically demonstrated to have anti-cancer properties and anti- ageing effects. Its also been shown to regulate blood pressure in an animal study, in which 50 mg/kg/day of Curcumin (cur) was given to rats who were induced to develop hypertension, for a period of 3 weeks. Tetrahydrocurcumin (THU), a major metabolite of CUR, was given to another group of rats for the same period at 100 mg/kg/day. It was observed that CUR and THU reduced vascular superoxide production, decreased oxidative stress, and increased the previously depressed blood glutathione (GSH) and the redox ratios of GSH in hypertensive rats. The antihypertensive and some antioxidant effects of THU are apparently more potent than those of CUR.
With all the amazing health benefits of consuming these ingredients, and their ability to lower blood pressure. It might be time to make a special space on your cupboard, and learn some new recipes that will add extra flavour and many health benefits to each dish you cook!