Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is sometimes known as the silent killer because it has few symptoms.
Hypertension, however, is associated with a number of conditions which cause serious consequences including heart disease and diabetes.
If you have hypertension, your doctor will probably recommend that you adopt a healthier lifestyle, including eating a healthy diet, avoiding excess sodium, reducing stress, and becoming more active.
There are some natural remedies which may also be beneficial. Before adding any supplement to your diet, be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist about possible negative interactions.
Garlic is often used by people who have heart disease or hypertension. Garlic helps the body increase its good cholesterol levels and reduce its bad cholesterol levels; this helps improve overall blood flow. It is usually safe to take garlic along with other medications.
Hawthorn berries are said to help the heart muscle become stronger, so that it beats more effectively which lowers blood pressure. Hawthorn berries do not produce an immediate effect.
Omega 3 fatty acids, also known as essential fatty acids, are good for your overall health as well as helping you lower your blood pressure. You can get omega 3 fatty acids by eating fatty fish such as salmon, or by taking a supplement.
You should avoid licorice, ephedra, and ginseng if you have hypertension. All of these can elevate your blood pressure.