Commentary - Journal of Hypertension and Heart Care (2023) Volume 6, Issue 4
Beyond Medication: Natural Remedies for Hypertension.
The Centre for Global Chronic Conditions, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
- *Corresponding Author:
- Alicia Seguin
The Centre for Global Chronic Conditions
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Received: 26-July-2023, Manuscript No. AAJHHC-23-109039; Editor assigned: 31-July-2023, PreQC No. AAJHHC-23-109039(PQ); Reviewed:11-Aug-2023, QC No. AAJHHC-23-109039; Revised:21-Aug-2023, Manuscript No. AAJHHC-23-109039(R); Published:25-Aug-2023, DOI:10.35841/ aamsn -6.4.161
Citation: Seguin A. Beyond medication: Natural remedies for hypertension. J Hypertens Heart Care. 2023;6(4):161
Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, affects millions of people worldwide and is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and other serious health conditions. While medication prescribed by healthcare professionals is essential in managing hypertension, a growing body of research suggests that incorporating natural remedies into one's lifestyle may complement medical treatment and help control blood pressure more effectively. Embracing healthy lifestyle changes can have a significant impact on blood pressure management. Regular physical activity, such as brisk walking, swimming, or cycling, can help improve cardiovascular health and lower blood pressure. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days of the week .
A balanced and heart-healthy diet is vital for managing hypertension. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products, has been shown to reduce blood pressure. It emphasizes potassium, calcium, magnesium, and fiber-rich foods, while limiting sodium intake. Additionally, reducing the consumption of processed and high-sugar foods can contribute to better blood pressure control. Several herbal supplements have demonstrated potential benefits in managing hypertension. Some of the most studied herbs include .
Hawthorn: Hawthorn extract has been linked to improved blood flow and reduced blood pressure levels. It is believed to dilate blood vessels and enhance the pumping of the heart, contributing to overall cardiovascular health. Garlic: Garlic supplements may modestly lower blood pressure in hypertensive individuals. Allicin, a compound present in garlic, is thought to relax blood vessels and promote better circulation. Hibiscus: Hibiscus tea, made from the dried petals of the hibiscus flower, has shown promising results in lowering blood pressure. It is believed to work as a natural diuretic, encouraging the elimination of excess sodium and fluid from the body .
Chronic stress can contribute to hypertension, so incorporating relaxation techniques into daily life can be beneficial. Practices like meditation, deep breathing exercises, and yoga have been shown to help reduce stress hormones and promote a sense of calmness, which can positively impact blood pressure. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil supplements have been associated with reduced blood pressure levels. Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties and may improve blood vessel function, thereby supporting heart health. Excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption can temporarily raise blood pressure levels. Therefore, it is advisable to moderate the intake of these substances for individuals with hypertension. Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of developing hypertension. Losing weight through a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise can significantly help in managing blood pressure .
While natural remedies can play a supportive role, it is essential to regularly monitor blood pressure levels and communicate with healthcare professionals. They can provide personalized advice, monitor the effectiveness of natural remedies, and make adjustments to the treatment plan when necessary [5,].
Hypertension is a significant health concern that requires careful management. While medication prescribed by healthcare professionals remains a crucial aspect of treatment, incorporating natural remedies into one's lifestyle can provide additional support in managing blood pressure. Lifestyle modifications, dietary approaches, herbal supplements, mindfulness techniques, fish oil supplements, moderating alcohol and caffeine intake, maintaining a healthy weight, and regular monitoring are among the natural remedies that can complement medical treatment for hypertension. However, it is essential to remember that individual responses to these remedies may vary, and consultation with a healthcare professional is essential before making any significant changes to the treatment plan. By taking a holistic approach to hypertension management, individuals can strive for better heart health and overall well-being.
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