Do you know irregular blood pressure has inflicted over 70 million people and contributes to 13.5 percent deaths worldwide?
Irregular blood pressure isn’t a very big problem in itself, but leads to a plethora of ailments such as paralysis, heart attack, heart failure and kidney related ailments. There are many ways to treat high blood pressure including lifestyle changes and medications. But there is no better way than incorporating traditional treatments such as herbs and spices that have medicinal benefits.
Researchers have discovered a connection between chemical compositions of certain herbs and their capacity to prevent ‘Glycation’ (bonding of sugar with fat), and formation of certain compounds that are responsible for premature aging and heart diseases.
Here mentioned are some herbs that will help you control your blood pressure:
Allicin, a component in Garlic, has antibacterial, antioxidant, lipid lowering and anti-hypertensive properties. Garlic has the ability to lower your blood pressure by helping the blood vessels to relax and dilate, which allow the blood to flow freely.
Cardamom is a spice that is used in Ayurvedic medicines for its antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, and anti-platelet properties. It is used for cardiac disorders, renal problems, heart burn and respiratory disorders. Cardamom causes dilation of blood vessels and allows blood to flow more freely, thus lowering blood pressure.
Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps control blood pressure significantly. It is also known to protect against cardiovascular diseases by reducing cholesterol and improving glucose tolerance. Flaxseed also provides antioxidant benefits for anti-aging and hormone balance.
Ginger is a natural blood thinner that is known for removing plaque deposits from arterial walls. It‘s blood-thinning abilities help in lowering blood pressure, decreasing cholesterol and preventing blood clots (that reduces the risk of heart attack).
Sesame seeds contains omega-6, polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA), vitamin E, and sesamin, which are great for lowering blood pressure and blood sugar, and preventing cardiovascular diseases. Sesamin is known to reduce blood pressure levels, and the absorption of cholesterol in the body. PUFA and sesamin work together to relax the arterial walls, thereby reduce blood pressure.
Turmeric contains curcumin which is known to significantly decrease inflammation throughout the body. Reduction in inflammation improves blood flow and improves the function of cardiovascular system.
Turmeric also helps remove plaque build-up off the arterial walls. It is a natural blood thinner, which improves blood flow and thus, lowers blood pressure.
Ajwain (Celery seeds)
Celery seeds act as a diuretic and flushes out water from the heart and the body. This will decrease the pressure on the heart walls and helps control the blood pressure.
Taking advantage of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of medicinal herbs is an excellent way to control and maintain blood pressure. Use these herbs with soups, salad, vegetarian, and non-vegetarian dishes. It is a much healthier option compared to prescribed synthetic drugs.