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Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure

According to research by the British Heart Foundation, almost one in three adults suffering from high blood pressure. Often, people may not realise they have high blood pressure as they may not experience symptoms for years. However, if you do find out you suffer from high blood pressure, or feel you may be at risk, you can prevent and help correct it by using natural home remedies for high blood pressure.

Natural Remedies and Lifestyle Changes

In its early stage, high blood pressure does not cause any symptoms. However, if you are concerned about your blood pressure or developing high blood pressure, these tips can still be used to prevent onset. When symptoms do arise, they usually consist of dizziness, headaches or nosebleeds. If you have any of these symptoms, speak to your doctor immediately.

Causes of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure has a number of causes, but there is no specific cause for high blood pressure and it can often be a combination of many factors. Normally, the main causes are:

  • Weight, particularly becoming overweight.
  • Lack of physical exercise or low activity level. Usually this is accompanied by weight gain.
  • Tabacco use, which damages the ateries and therefore blood flow.
  • Stress or a family history of high blood pressure.
  • Excessive sodium intake or low potassium intake.

Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure

Although there are a few natural 'remedies' for high blood pressure, these won't reduce your blood pressure entirely to a normal rate in a short amount of time. Changes to diet and lifestyle changes are common methods to reduce blood pressure, or to prevent the onset of high blood pressure and other heart diseases.

Garlic

Clinical studies show an increased intake of garlic reduces systolic blood cells and therefore blood pressure. However, taking garlic supplements should only be done so on the advise of a doctor or medical professional, but you can always increase the amount of garlic used in meals.

Fish oil

Fish oil can have a moderate effect on reducing high blood pressure. You can find fish oil supplements in most supermarkets to help increase you chances of reducing blood pressure.

Folic acid

Folate (folic acid) contains vitamin B, which is essential for the formation of red blood cells. By reducing homocysteine level, folic acid can help moderately reduce high blood pressure in some patients. Again, this can be purchased at supermarkets or drug stores.

Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium

Calcium, potassium and magnesium were suggested to have reduced high blood pressure in a number of clinical studies. As well as increasing your intake of these three in your diet, you should also try to reduce the mount of sodium, which can increase blood pressure in high amounts.

Diet and Lifestyle

If you have high blood pressure you should always speak to your doctor first. As well as providing these natural remedies for high blood pressure, you doctor will guide you on how to change your lifestyle and diet, which are the primary factors behind high blood pressure. Exercise and reducing the amount of calories in your daily intake could significantly reduce your blood pressure over long periods of time.

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