In this article I would like to talk to you about hypertension , a problem that today, as per the protocol, provides only and exclusively a pharmacological therapy.
In reality there are valid natural alternatives , but these are almost never taken into consideration by the attending physician.
This is why I believe it is important to be personally informed about what are the alternatives, especially when the problem is not yet so serious. And what I would like to do today is this, make you aware that there are also natural remedies, among other things also very effective.
Also pay close attention to your diet .
The latest studies have shown that it is not just salt and coffee that increase the pressure, but above all the sugars and refined flours (ie white bread, pasta, pizza, crackers, biscuits, various sweets, white rice, etc.). ).
While foods like legumes, fish and vegetables are your best allies to lower the pressure.
Natural remedies for lowering blood pressure
Let’s see what are the most effective natural remedies to regulate the pressure.
Please note that if you are already taking medication, many of these herbs may be contraindicated for you, as they would interfere with the drug.
So if you are going to use it, talk to your doctor first because you will most likely have to reduce the dosage of the drug, or at least discontinue it. This of course will be up to the doctor to decide.
1. Decoction of olive leaves
The decoction prepared with the olive leaves is another extraordinarily effective natural remedy, both to reduce blood pressure and to regulate cholesterol .
There are already several studies (eg [ 1 ] and [ 2 ]) that demonstrate the therapeutic efficacy of this simple remedy.
The decoction of olive leaves has a calcium-antagonist activity on the blood vessels, which would justify its hypotensive action.
But that is not all. Thanks to the presence of oleuropein (a polyphenol), the decoction of olive leaves also performs a vasodilating action , due to the relaxation of the smooth muscles of the arteries, with benefits also at the coronary level. It also reduces the systolic pressure and brings diastolic back into physiological values.
For more information on the medicinal properties of the olive leaves read here: Olive Leaf Infusion: properties and benefits
How to prepare the decoction:
- Serve 5 g of dried olive leaves (10 g if the leaves are fresh) for a quantity of water equal to one cup (about 250 ml);
- Put the leaves in a saucepan with cold water and bring the water to a boil. When the water starts to boil, lower the flame and let it simmer for another 15 minutes. Finally filter the infusion and let it stiffen a little.
- At this point the infusion (or rather the decoction) is ready to be drunk.
Drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
2. Hawthorn tea
Hawthorn herbal tea is one of the most used natural remedies to regulate blood pressure , as well as to treat many other cardiovascular problems, such as arrhythmias, tachycardias, extrasystoles, agina pectoris and mild heart failure .
Hawthorn is used flowers and leaves, parts of the plant particularly rich in beneficial active ingredients such as flavonoids, plant sterols, amines, catechins, phenolic acids, triterpenic and phenolcarboxylic acids and especially proanthocyanidols, substances known for their cardiotonic action.
The hawthorn acts as:
- Cardioprotective : flavonoids and proanthocyanilods cause the dilatation of blood vessels and, above all, of those coronary which carry blood to the heart, with consequent reduction of blood pressure;
- Heart rate regulator : proving useful in arrhythmias, tachycardias, angina and in all disorders due to hyperexcitability of the heart.
- Sedative of the nervous system : the tannins and flavonoids present in the hawthorn act as sedatives of the central nervous system, proving very useful for all those people with problems of stress, nervous tension, anxiety, excessive emotionality and difficulty in getting to sleep.
How to prepare herbal tea
Preparing the herbal tea of hawthorn is very simple.
For an herbal tea you will need 250ml and a teaspoon of dried hawthorn flowers and / or leaves. Pour the hawthorn into hot water and let it rest for 10 minutes. Then filter and drink the hot or warm tea.
Drink this herbal tea 2 to 4 times a day .
3. Stevia rebaudiana
Stevia is a small seedling known to most for its very high sweetening powercombined with a total absence of calories and the fact that it does not raise blood sugar (or rather regularizes it).
In addition to this it must be said that Stevia has excellent hypotensive properties , ie it is able to reduce blood pressure.
The hypotensive action is to be attributed to a substance called stevioside .
One of the most significant studies that demonstrates the effectiveness of this compound, was conducted in 2003 in China, out of 106 people suffering from hypertension .
Of these 60 were assigned to active treatment with stevioside extract, while the other 46 were assigned to the placebo group. Each subject was given capsules containing stevioside (250 mg) or placebo three times a day and were monitored at monthly intervals for a total duration of one year.
Already after 3 months the systolic and diastolic blood pressure of the active group decreased significantly and the effect persisted throughout the year. Blood biochemical parameters including lipids and glucose did not show significant changes and no side effects were noted.
How to use stevia
Stevia can be used alone to prepare herbal teas, or in combination with other herbs or tea, as a natural sweetener.You can find great advice on using it in the kitchen on this page: Stevia, the natural sweetener that replaces sugar
NB : All information published on this site is informative and should not be considered as advice, or medical prescriptions, or other.