Sunday, September 6, 2015

Herbs Beneficial to Heart Health and Controlling Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is not due to a deficiency of lopressor or any other medication. 

So drugs should be your last choice in therapy, not the first choice. 

Your first steps should be to change the lifestyle factors that led to your high blood pressure.

Why drugs are not the best answer to any problem. Side Effects, Side Effects, and More Side Effects including death..


The main drugs to lower blood pressure are  beta blockers including Acebutolol, Atenolol, Zebeta, Coreg, Brevibloc, Lopressor, Levatol and Inderal to name just a few.  There are 77 million Lisinopril prescriptions filled each year. Guess how much money you are making for the company who manufactures Lisinopril. It is in the billions. This is for a health problem that could be for the most part avoided with changes in lifestyle. There are only a small percentage of people who have genetic high blood pressure. Drugs should be reserved for those cases that do not respond to lifestyle changes such as genetic high blood pressure.

Below are the side effects associated with those drugs: impotence is common among men taking blood pressure medications.  They list it under less serious side effects. I guess that depends on who is stating this. To most men and their partner, impotence is a serious issue. Sleep problems can affect your job and life. Most of the side effects below could impact driving, jobs, relationships, and your way of life.

"Acebutolol can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert."
From Lopressor

"Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: certain types of heart rhythm problems (such as a slow heartbeat, sick sinus syndrome, second- or third-degree atrioventricular block), breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema), liver disease, serious allergic reactions, including those needing treatment with epinephrine, blood circulation problems (such as Raynaud's disease, peripheral..."


  • slow or uneven heartbeats;
  • feeling light-headed, fainting;
  • feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
  • swelling of your ankles or feet;
  • nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • depression; or
  • cold feeling in your hands and feet.
Less serious side effects may include:
  • decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • tired feeling; or
  • anxiety, nervousness.
So high blood pressure medicine comes with the high cost of side effects that impact your life in many ways.  There are alternatives to drugs.  High blood pressure is not the result of a deficiency of drugs.  Drugs only treat the symptom, not the main cause. 

Program to lower blood pressure naturally

Lose excess weight, especially weight in the stomach which is hard on the heart. 

Stop Smoking and reduce alcohol intake if excessive.

Add omega 3 fatty acids to your diet. Krill oil is an excellent supplement but make sure it has been tested for PCb's and heavy metals. 

Decrease or eliminate caffeine which does increase blood pressure. 

Add Vitamin D to your diet.

Add Co Enzyme 10 for heart health.

Add calcium and magnesium to your diet. High blood pressure can be a result of these mineral deficiencies.

Consume fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, gouda and edam cheeses, and yogurt which helps the gut to work more effectively.

Use real butter, raw nuts, olive oil, and olives in your diet for adding high quality fats to your diet.

Lower your carbs in your diet.  Eat organic meat if you eat meat.  

Lower your stress level is extremely important.  Find an outlet for your frustration and do it. 


Exercise:  Walking 40 minutes a day, 4 times a week : Resistance exercise,  12 min a day of handgrip exercises: all have been proven to lower blood pressure.


Meditation:  20 min twice a day helps lower your blood pressure readings.

http://www.gaplesinstitute.org/new-science-to-help-lower-your-blood-pressure-naturally/


Herbs that are beneficial for high blood pressure. 

I have included research clips with the original research links
for you to read. There is research to back the use of herbs and they are used by doctors in various countries with success and few side effects.  

Hawthorn Berries: 

Hawthorne is used in traditional Chinese medicine for heart health and blood pressure. This herb is used today in those countries to keep the heart and blood pressure healthy. 

Research Paper in full here
Clip below from above research paper on herbs for high blood pressure,"


"Crataegus pinnatifida(Family: Rosaceae; Common name: Chinese Hawthorn). It has been used in China as a decoction for treatment of HTN for thousands of years. Pharmacological and clinical trials have shown that it lowers BP. 

The two main substances that contribute to hawthorn's beneficial effects on heart are flavonoids and oligomeric procyanidins, which are potent antioxidant agents. Rhynchophylline, an alkaloid in cat's claw, has demonstrated an ability to inhibit platelet aggregation and thrombosis, which suggests that it may be useful in preventing strokes and reducing the risk of heart attack by lowering BP, increasing circulation, and inhibiting both the formation of plaque on arterial walls and formation of blood clots in the brain, heart, and arteries.[] In experiments with anesthetized rabbits, intravenous administration of the extract preparation lowered the BP for up to 3 hours.[

Grataegic acid was identified as the hypotensive principle. Mechanisms of action of Crataegus postulated to date reveal a remedy with potentially broad-based influence on the cardiovascular system. These effects include a hypotensive activity through vasorelaxation resulting from nitrous oxide stimulation,[] significant antioxidant activity, and a tonic action on cardiac myocytes."




Cats Claw:  Another herb used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat hypertension.   It is used to reduce inflammation as well. It is taken by caps or tea. 
"(Family: Rubiaceae; Common name: Cat's Claw herb). In traditional oriental medicine, U. rhynchophylla has been used to lower BP and to relieve various neurological symptoms. 
The hypotensive activity has been attributed to an indole alkaloid called hirsutine, which has been found to act at the Ca2+ channels.[] The effects of hirsutine on cytosolic Ca2+ level ([Ca2+]cyt) were studied by using fura-2- Ca2+ fluorescence in smooth muscle of the isolated rat aorta. Noradrenaline and high K+ solution produced a sustained increase in [Ca2+ ]cyt. Application of hirsutine after the increases in [Ca2+ ]cyt induced by noradrenaline and high K+ notably decreased [Ca2+ ]cyt, suggesting that hirsutine inhibits Ca2+ influx mainly through a voltage-dependent Ca2+ channel. Furthermore, the effect of hirsutine on intracellular Ca2+store was studied by using contractile responses to caffeine under the Ca2+ -free nutrient condition in the rat aorta. When hirsutine was added at 30 μM before caffeine treatment, the agent slightly but significantly reduced the caffeine-induced contraction. When added during Ca2+ loading, hirsutine definitely augmented the contractile response to caffeine. These results suggest that hirsutine inhibits Ca2+ release from the Ca2+store and increases Ca2+ uptake into the Ca2+ store, leading to a reduction of intracellular Ca2+ level. It is concluded that hirsutine reduces intracellular Ca2+ level through its effect on the Ca2+ store as well as through its effect on the voltage-dependent Ca2+ channel.[]
A methanol extract of the hooks of an Uncaria species was found to have a potent and long-lasting hypotensive effect in rats and the activity was different from that of U. rhynchophylla and its analogue. Further studies of the extract resulted in the isolation of 3-indole alkaloid, glycoside, cadambine, dihydrocadambine, and isodihydrocadambine. The latter two were found to be the hypotensive principles, whereas cadambine was inactive.[]"


Hibiscus Tea:  Studies have shown that hibiscus tea reduces blood pressure.  It tastes good as well.  Green tea is also beneficial for reducing your blood pressure readings.  

Research Paper in full here
Clip below from above research paper.
"(Family: Malvaceae; Common name: Roselle). This happens to be one of the most extensively studied plants for antihypertensive properties. The leaves, calyx, and corolla of this plant are used traditionally in many West African countries for various medicinal purposes and as edibles. 
The antihypertensive effect of this plant extract has been variously studied. One study reported the antihypertensive effect of calyx of HS.[] A similar result was independently produced in Lagos, Nigeria by Adegunloye et al.[] An intravenous administration of 20 mg/kg of a water extract of dry HS calyx produced a fall in the BP of experimentally induced hypertensive rats. The antihypertensive effects of the crude extract of the HS have been attributed to mediation through acetylcholine and histamine like dependent mechanism through direct vasorelaxant effects.[] Earlier report showed that the petal crude extract of same plant had a direct relaxant effect on the aortic smooth muscle of rats.[] The chronic administration of aqueous extract of HS has been reported to reverse cardiac hypertrophy in renovascular hypertensive rats.[]

Clinical trials of the plant extract in human being have shown reliable evidence of antihypertensive effects. A standardized dose of HS (9.6 mg per day) given to 39 patients and captopril, 50 mg per day, given to the same number of patients did not show significant difference relative to hypotensive effects, antihypertensive effectiveness and tolerability.[]"
These are just three herbs of many that are beneficial for high blood pressure. Garlic, basil, cinnamon are others to investigate through the links below. 

Read the original research links below to read about more herbs that benefit the reduction of high blood pressure. 

 


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