17th May, WORLD HYPERTENSION DAY
17th May, WORLD HYPERTENSION DAY
Most of us have one or more individuals in our family having the problem of high blood pressure or what we call as HYPERTENSION. The issue is that inspite of being such a common problem; there is no one identifiable cause for high blood pressure. A combination of factors like stress, alcohol, smoking, weight and lack of physical activity seem to have to come together to produce this problem, which is further compounded by family history and age.
Although it is a condition that if left unattended could gravitate to something worse, high blood pressure is not a disease. Taking proactive measures in preventing heart diseases, stroke and even kidney disease by managing your blood pressure may be the best decision you can make today.
On World Hypertension Day, Diet Mantra share shares some easy foods from your kitchen which not only helps in spicing up your food but also helps in preventing rise of blood pressure levels
Garlic – Commonly used in most of the kitchens contains allicin, a substance which has antibacterial, antioxidant, lipid lowering and anti-hypertension properties. Consume one to two cloves of garlic daily with your meals.
Cinnamon - Cinnamon not only prevents heart disease, it can also prevent diabetes. The Center for Applied Health Sciences in Ohio conducted a study of 22 subjects, half of which were given a 250mg of water soluble cinnamon daily while the other half were given placebo. It was discovered that those who drank cinnamon had a 13 to 23 percent increase in antioxidants connected with lowering blood sugar levels.
Onions – This tear inducing vegetable s contain quercetin, an antioxidant flavonol found to prevent heart disease and stroke and lower blood pressure.
Olives - This herb is a significant part of the Mediterranean diet, recognized to be one of the healthiest in the world. Oil made from olives has been found to reduce blood pressure. In a study conducted on the importance of olive oil, Dr. L. Aldo Ferrara, Associate Professor at the Frederico II University of Naples in Italy discovered that the daily use of 40 grams of olive oil reduced the dosage of blood pressure medication in hypertensive patients by about 50 percent. Polyphenols in extra-virgin olive oil was credited for the significant reduction of blood pressure.
Oregano - This herb contains the compound carvacrol which has been proven to be effective against blood pressure, reduce heart rate, mean arterial pressure as well as the systolic and diastolic pressure.
Amla- Indian gooseberry (Amla) is an effective home remedy for high blood pressure. Mix 1 tablespoon of fresh amla juice with an equal amount of honey. Take this mixture daily in the morning before your breakfast.
Grapefruit- It is another remedy that is useful in preventing high blood pressure. The vitamin content in the fruit helps in toning the blood vessels.
Celery contains high levels of 3-N-butylphthalide, a kind of photochemical that helps a lot in controlling high blood pressure level. You can eat a few stalks of celery as a simple snack daily.
Taking advantage of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of natural foods is an excellent way to boost your body’s health. Herbs specifically have low calorie content, increase the medicinal value of your food and allow you to use natural forms of lowering blood pressure. Mix them up with your soups, salads, fish and meat and vegetable dishes. It’s a healthier and cheaper alternative to keeping bottles of prescription drugs and synthetic supplements.