The force of blood pushing against arterial walls as our hearts pump is referred to as blood pressure. When blood pressure rises and remains elevated it can damage our bodies. Blood pressure is measured in terms of systolic (beating heart), and diastolic (resting heart) readings. High blood pressure or hypertension is a systolic measurement greater than 140, and a diastolic measurement of greater than 90. Normal blood pressure range is less than 120/80.
Blood Pressure Information
The two types of high blood pressure are primary and secondary. Primary hypertension can be alleviated by incorporating changes into daily lifestyles. Eating healthier, exercising and reducing stress levels can positively influence primary blood pressure. Secondary hypertension results from an underlying condition such as kidney disease.
There are many herbs useful in lowering blood pressure that are available. Some work by helping kidneys excrete salt and fluids, others aid in strengthening arterial walls.
Garlic acts as a balancer of blood pressure. It effectively lowers blood pressure when consumed in raw form.
Cayenne pepper is an herb that promotes circulation, while cleansing the blood of cholesterol.
Ginger helps circulation by relaxing blood vessels. This process also helps to lower blood pressure.
Turmeric contains cumin an antioxidant that strengthens blood vessels, and improves blood flow.
Hawthorn berry, also called the mayflower, improves blood flow by expanding coronary arteries. It strengthens the heart muscle, and reduces artery hardening.
Aloe Vera contains glycoprotein's and polysaccharides substances that are good for many illnesses. They help to control blood sugar, and also lower blood pressure.
Red clover is an herb good for thinning blood. Thin blood circulates easier, and reduces the pressure on the heart.
Maitake mushroom extract reduces blood pressure, and lowers blood cholesterol levels.
Consult with a physician before using herbs to treat high blood pressure. They may negatively interact with prescription medications that you are currently taking.