How to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally?

As we get older, many of us become increasingly concerned with our blood pressure.  For those who meet the criteria for hypertension (BP > 140/90), this concern is of particular importance.

Untreated hypertension can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and chronic kidney disease.  In that sense, controlling your blood pressure is more than just juggling some numbers around.

Natural Remedies for Hypertension

1. Garlic

It turns out that Garlic does more than ward off vampires.  A Cochrane review suggests that supplementing with 900 mg of garlic powder per day can help those with hypertension lower their blood pressure by as much as -16.3/-9.3.

2.  Fish Oil

Though the potential blood pressure lowering effects of fish oil are modest to say the least (-2.1/-1.6), there are other cardiovascular health benefits associated with consuming fish oil.

3.  Hibscus Sabdariffa L. (Malvaceae)

The results of a recent randomized controlled trial suggests that Hibiscus sabdariffa L. (Malvaceae) has important anti-hypertensive effects–roughly lowering blood pressure by -17.1/-12 in those with hypertension.

Researchers believe that it exerts this anti-hypertensive effect by causing your body to excrete sodium.

Study Background:

“Hibiscus sabdariffa L. (Malvaceae) has been used in different countries as an antihypertensive. Pharmacological work has demonstrated that this effect is probably produced by a diuretic activity and inhibition of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). Two clinical trials have confirmed the antihypertensive effect using watery infusions, in which a natriuretic effect was also detected. “

Study Results:

“Results showed that the experimental treatment decreased blood pressure (BP) from 146.48/97.77 to 129.89/85.96 mmHg, reaching an absolute reduction of 17.14/11.97 mmHg (11.58/12.21%, p < 0.05). The experimental treatment showed therapeutic effectiveness of 65.12 % as well as tolerability and safety of 100 %. BP reductions and therapeutic effectiveness were lower than those obtained with lisinopril (p < 0.05). “

Study conclusions:

” In conclusion, the HsHMP exerted important antihypertensive effectiveness with a wide margin of tolerability and safety, while it also significantly reduced plasma ACE activity and demonstrated a tendency to reduce serum sodium (Na) concentrations without modifying potassium (K) levels. Further studies are necessary for evaluating the dose-dependency of HsHMP and for detecting lower effective doses”

Reference:

  1. Herrera-Arellano A, Miranda-Sánchez J, Avila-Castro P, Herrera-Alvarez S, Jiménez-Ferrer JE, Zamilpa A, Román-Ramos R, Ponce-Monter H, Tortoriello J.  Clinical effects produced by a standardized herbal medicinal product of Hibiscus sabdariffa on patients with hypertension. A randomized, double-blind, lisinopril-controlled clinical trial.  Planta Med. 2007 Jan;73(1):6-12.