Hypertension, popularly known as high blood pressure, is a chronic medical condition wherein the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high, thereby causing the heart to work harder to pump blood. According to new statistics from the American Heart Association an estimated 103 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure.
The World Health Organization estimates that 600 million people with high blood pressure (HBP) are at risk of heart attack, stroke, and cardiac failure. However, it can be managed and kept under control by following a strict diet, exercising regularly, and getting medication. Since ancient Ayurvedic texts have a reference to high blood pressure as rakta capa vriddhi, a couple of blood pressure Ayurveda home remedies have also been proven to be effective in bringing it down:
A small study investigating the health effects of cardamom at PubMed Central found that participants with high blood pressure saw a significant amount of reductions in their blood pressure readings after consuming 1.5 grams of cardamom powder twice a day for 12 weeks. Including cardamom seeds or powder in spice rubs, soups & stews, or even baked dishes for a minty, zingy flavor would not only be a revelation for your tastebuds but also be a positive health benefit!
According to a recent meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Hypertension, flaxseed that contains omega-3 fatty acids is shown to lower blood pressure. After which a recent review suggested taking 30–50 grams of whole or ground seeds per day for more than 12 weeks to get its best benefits! Flaxseed can be stirred basically into any dish, from soups to smoothies!
Celery has been used in Ayurveda for hypertension, it is also used in China for ages now, and studies in rodents have shown that it may be effective. Celery is also a good source of fiber, and results of a 2016 Cochrane review suggested that people with a high fiber intake have much better blood pressure control than those on a low fiber diet. You can use the seeds, or you can juice the whole plant.
Due to a lack of high blood pressure symptoms, high blood pressure can cause serious damage before you’re even made aware of it, so regular blood pressure screenings are recommended. Sometimes treating this condition involves medication, lifestyle changes, or alternative treatments. If you’re thinking of trying herbs for medical reasons get in touch with your general physician for the same as research has not been able to establish side effects, doses, or long-term effects of these supplements on different individuals.