The importance of maintaining a healthy blood pressure cannot be underestimated. Living with high blood pressure levels can cause major damage to the heart, arteries, brain, and kidneys. This damage can cause disability, poor function, and even death.
Like with most areas of health, prevention is the key. Living a healthy, active lifestyle can greatly reduce chances of having high blood pressure. A proper diet that includes fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats are a basic rule. In addition to eating a healthy diet studies have shown the benefit of natural remedies for maintenance. Some of the natural remedies include:
- Turmeric-Primarily a Middle Eastern and Southern Asian spice, turmeric is commonly used in curries. As a member of the ginger family, it has be shown to be a great preventative for maintaining healthy blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, because it prevents the formation of plaque in arteries.
- Skullcap-As a natural herb of the mint family, skullcap has be shown to be a natural anti-inflammatory affects in cardiovascular health as well as having anti-histamine and immune boosting compounds.
- Apple Cider Vinegar- A vinegar made from apple must, apple cider vinegar has been used for years as tonics for many aliments. Still today it remains a popular ingredient in many home remedies. Apple cider vinegar contains natural nutrients such as vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C and E, as well as magnesium and potassium; which have all been shown to aid in lowering blood pressure.
- Potassium-Commonly referred to by its symbol the letter K, potassium is a necessary micronutrient for the body’s cells. Potassium has been shown to help remove waste from the body, and necessary for muscle and nerve function. It is a well know nutrient for maintaining a healthy blood pressure level.
- Magnesium- Not well known to aid in maintaining blood pressure, magnesium is well known for its uses in medicine as a laxative and antacid. However, similar to potassium it has been shown to be good for muscle and nerve function; and in addition has been shown to be beneficial in normalizing heart rate and improving immune system responses.
- Garlic-Commonly used in cooking, garlic is also available in supplement form. Hailed a wonder pill for cardiovascular health, garlic supplements have been well researched. Studies have shown it not only lowers blood pressure but cholesterol levels as well.
- L-arginine-One of the 20 most common occurring amino acids, L-arginine is made by the body naturally. However studies have shown benefit for additional supplementation of L-arginine in many instances including aiding lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
As with any supplementation, check with a doctor and do research. Some supplements react adversely with some prescription medications. Also, diet alone cannot maintain blood pressure levels.
Staying physically fit is an important part of maintenance. Depending on fitness level, most exercises are great in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels and are a great part of living a healthy life.