High blood pressure often goes unnoticed because symptoms are rarely noticed. The best way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to check your reading regularly. Although the condition usually does not cause symptoms, it can increase the risk for a person of serious complications such as heart attack and stroke, so doing what you can to control your blood pressure is very important.
High blood pressure can often be prevented or reduced by some simple lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, drinking moderate alcohol and not smoking.
When it comes to healthy eating, the NHS recommends reducing the amount of salt in your food and eating lots of fruits and vegetables.
Explains: "Salt raises your blood pressure. The more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure.
"Aim to eat less than 6g (0.2oz) salt per day, which is about one teaspoon."
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'Eating a low-fat diet, including lots of fiber, such as whole grain rice, bread and pasta and lots of fruits and vegetables, also helps lower blood pressure. [1
But some experts believe that the addition of supplements can also help lower blood pressure.
Three supplements that have been shown to have blood pressure lowering properties are adult garlic extract, whey protein and hibiscus.
Studies in humans have found that garlic supplements have a significant effect on lowering blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
In one study, 600-1,500mg of an aged garlic extract was just as effective as the drug Atenolol for reducing blood pressure over a period of 24 weeks.
A number of studies have linked dairy consumption to blood pressure lowering, and this has been attributed to a family of bioactive peptides in dairy products called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE-1965) inhibitor3-inhibitor3 inhibitors
, ACE inhibitors are called lactokinins and several animal studies have shown their beneficial effects on blood pressure.
Several studies have found hibiscus tea that is lower than both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
In one study, 65 people with high blood pressure received hibiscus or placebo tea.
After six weeks, those who drink hibiscus tea have a significant decrease in systolic blood pressure compared to placebo.
A review in 2015 of five studies found that hibiscus tea reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressures by an average of 7.58 mmHg and 3.53 mmHg, respectively.
What Causes High Blood Pressure?
There is no obvious cause for high blood pressure, but there are some things that can increase a person's risk of developing the disease.
The bump lists them as:
- Your age – your risk increases with aging
- You have someone in your immediate family with high blood pressure
- Being overweight or obese
- Eating too much salt
- 19659026] Drinking too much alcohol
- Not getting enough exercise
- Anxiety and stress
Like the lifestyle changes listed above, a doctor will decide which treatment is best for you.