High blood pressure also referred to as hypertension is a kind of health problem where there is constant high pressure of the blood in the arteries. A person suffers from hypertension when the blood pressure reading is 140/90 mm Hg or higher. Some of the common causes of this health problem are obesity, genetic factors, excessive intake of alcohol, high intake of salt, lack of aerobic exercise, stress, birth control pills, pain relievers, kidney diseases, and adrenal diseases and so on.
If not treated on time, high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, stroke, and kidney failure. Although medication is often prescribed for hypertension patients, one can also control it with simple natural remedies with the help of easily available kitchen ingredients.
Here are top 10 home remedies for High Blood Pressure.
Banana is one such fruit that a high blood pressure patient can eat regularly to control it. Banana is a rich source of potassium which helps in controlling the blood pressure level. At the same time it has low sodium level and free of cholesterol which also help a lot. So, try to eat one or two bananas daily. Along with banana, you can also try dried apricots, raisins, currants, orange juice, spinach, zucchini, baked sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and winter squash.
Both raw and cooked garlic is said to have properties that can help to control high blood pressure level and at the same time it can also reduce the cholesterol level. When blood pressure level is high, one must try to eat one to two cloves of garlic daily after slightly crushing it with hands. Crushed garlic cloves create hydrogen sulfide, a compound that promotes good blood flow, removes gas and reduces the pressure on the heart. Else you can make a solution by adding five to six drops of garlic juice to four teaspoon of water and have it twice a day.
The high level of 3-N-butylphthalide, a kind of ‘phytochemical’ content present in celery helps a lot in controlling high blood pressure level. When celery is consumed on regular basis, one can notice improvement in his or her blood pressure level. At the same time it will also help in reducing the stress hormones that constrict blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure. Try to eat one stalk of celery along with a glass of water daily. Else if you like, you can even munch on celery to lower blood pressure.
Regular consumption of lemon is also a good way to control hypertension. Lemon helps in making the blood vessels soft and pliable and removes their rigidity which in turn lowers the high blood pressure. In fact, when lemon is consumed regulalry, there is less chance of heart failure due to its invaluable Vitamin B content. Those having high blood pressure must drink fresh lemon water several times a day. It is a good idea to drink one glass of warm water with lemon juice in it early in the morning on empty stomach. For better result, do not add salt or sugar to lemon water.
Honey can reduce pressure from the heart and it also has a calming effect on the blood vessels and hence it can be helpful in reducing high blood pressure. People suffering from hypertension must make it a habit to consume one to two teaspoon of honey on daily basis. It is a good idea to eat two teaspoon of honey on empty stomach in the morning. Else you can make a mixture of one teaspoon each honey and ginger juice and two teaspoon of cumin seed powder and eat it twice a day. Another effective remedy is to mix basil juice and honey in equal amount and have it on an empty stomach daily.
6. Onion Juice
Onion can also be used to lower down the high blood pressure level. Try to eat one medium sized raw onion daily. Else make a mixture of onion juice and honey. Add half teaspoon of onion juice and half of teaspoon honey together and eat it twice a day to lower the blood pressure level. When this mixture is taken two times a day for one to two weeks, there will be huge improvement in the health.