Apart from diet and exercise, try these home remedies for management of hypertension or high blood pressure  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the most common conditions that people suffer from, all around the world
- High blood pressure can be managed with the help of a healthy diet and exercise
- However certain home remedies, like the ones mentioned below can also aid hypertension management
New Delhi: The heart is one of the most vital organs of the body, and performs the function of transporting blood to all parts, which makes life possible. However, the heart can be affected by various conditions and diseases, which can reduce its efficiency, or cause damage to the organ. Heart diseases are one of the leading causes of death, all around the world. Common conditions such as hypertension, also known as high blood pressure can increase the risk, and also become the cause of various heart diseases.
The World Hypertension League (WHL) is celebrating World Hypertension Day on October 17th this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The day is usually observed on the 17th of May, every year. The theme for this year’s Hypertension Day is ‘Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer’, with the main goal of increasing accuracy of high blood pressure (BP) measurement in all populations around the world. It is said that a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise can really help in keeping the heart healthy and reducing the risk of conditions such as hypertension. However, if you already have developed high blood pressure, diet and exercise can still help. Include the following home remedies to aid management of high blood pressure, and keep it in the healthy range.
5 home remedies to aid hypertension management
- Basil – Basil is a herb used widely in the Mediterranean, and Italian foods. Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi in India, is considered a holy plant and is also worshipped in many communities. Basil is known as a home remedy for various ailments such as cold and flu, but can also help in lowering high blood pressure. The chemical eugenol, which is found in basil, may block certain substances that tighten blood vessels. You can add basil to your tea, or add it in other recipes of soups, pasta, etc.
- Cinnamon – A study conducted on rats showed that cinnamon can help lower blood pressure. Cinnamon can be added to tea, desserts, smoothies, shakes, etc for a peculiar flavour, and to avail the health benefits it offers.
- Cardamom – Cardamom, also known as Elaichi, in Hindi, is a condiment added to many north Indian foods, such as curries and biryani. It is also added to tea for a refreshing taste. A small study conducted over 12 weeks, on 20 participants found that consumption of cardamom helped in reducing their blood pressure significantly.
- Garlic – Garlic is known as a superfood. Rich in various nutrients, garlic is used as a home remedy to boost immunity, reduce symptoms of cold and cough. However, garlic can also help reduce high blood pressure. It contains anti-inflammatory properties which can help relax the muscles of the heart, thereby reducing pressure.
- Flax seeds – Flax seeds have recently become popular and a diet trend around the world. Flax seeds, however, have many benefits and uses. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient known to be healthy for the heart. You can consume flax seeds by sprinkling them over your cereal or add them to smoothies and milkshakes.
While the above remedies may help in reducing high blood pressure, remember that a healthy diet, regular exercise, reduced stress, and a healthy lifestyle that omits smoking and regular drinking is important to keep your heart healthy, and hypertension at bay.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.