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How to Improve Blood Pressure Health Naturally: Hibiscus Tea and More

Updated on July 31, 2012

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a serious condition that is not easy to detect. It is often referred to as the silent killer. Symptoms associated with high blood pressure are not obvious because they are often attributed to other common ailments such as headache and nausea. If these conditions persist it is important to see your doctor. If high blood pressure is the cause, immediate treatment is necessary. If it is not detected and treated early, organ damage such as kidney failure, heart attack and heart failure can occur.

There are a number of effective drug medications available but not without serious side effects. Side effects include insomnia, impotence, heart palpitations, kidney damage, loss of potassium and dizziness. If high blood pressure symptoms are caught early these drugs can be avoided.

There are nine natural ways to lower blood pressure. The first three involve avoidance of toxins that lead to high blood pressure and the rest have to do with lifestyle additions that will help treat and prevent high blood pressure.

Lose Weight - Research has found that there is a strong link between overweight and hypertension. Slow, steady weight loss involving healthy diet and exercise over a six month period has been effective in bringing cholesterol levels into normal levels in many individuals studied.

Avoid Trans Fats - Trans fats produced by hydrogenated oils are found in commercially prepared food products such as margarines, cookies. pastries, fried foods and processed foods. Trans-fat intake of more than one percent of total daily calorie intake has been found to be an increased risk factor for hypertension and heart disease. Avoiding trans-fats will also help you to lose weight, which helps lower cholesterol.

Avoid Red Meat and Whole Milk - Red meats and whole milk are high in saturated fat. Saturated fat has been found to increase cholesterol levels to a greater extent that consuming high cholesterol foods. Replace red meat with fish and poultry. Instead of whole milk, choose one percent or non-fat milk.

Niacin - Niacin has the ability to widen blood vessels which may decrease the pressure exerted on the walls. It can be purchased without a prescription and is much less expensive than prescribed drugs. The downside to using niacin is a harmless, but unpleasant flushing sensation. This side effect can be minimized by starting with a low dose and gradually increasing to a level recommended by your health care expert. Niacin has the added benefits of raising low HDL cholesterol levels, which decreases the risk of heart disease. It is important to consult with your doctor if taking other medications with niacin to prevent the possibility of liver damage.

Exercise - Regular exercise is effective in lowering high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels. The proper combination of resistance training, aerobic exercise and healthy diet results in long term, healthy weight loss, which reduces cholesterol levels.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Foods containing omega 3 fatty acids are effective in lowering LDL cholesterol and raising HDL cholesterol. The best sources are salmon, mackerel and herring because they include readily available sources of DHA and EPA which exhibit an unusual ability to reduce the risk of heart disease. Flaxseed oil is another excellent source of Omega 3. Other good sources include flaxseed, almonds and walnuts.

Vitamin D - New studies have found that woman who are deficient in vitamin D increase the risk factor of high blood pressure by a factor of three. The sun is the best source of Vitamin D. As little as ten minutes in the sun can produce 1000 IU’s. The best food sources are fish such as salmon and mackerel.

Hibiscus tea - drinking two cups of hibiscus tea daily for one month has been effective in lowering blood pressure by twelve percent, which is similar to results achieved with common blood pressure medications. Research shows that hibiscus has the ability to improve the functioning of blood vessels.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Good hub. I do everything but drink the tea as that is new to me but I will try it also.

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      Amber Allen 7 years ago

      A well written hub full of useful information. Thanks

      Amber

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I did not know about niacin or hibiscus tea for lowering blood pressure. Niacin is often in cereals but probably in small amounts.

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      John Harper 7 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Also using white hawthorn is very effective, using either liquid, gel caps or pills (priced in decending order) plus LKN have a very good product called Phyto Ta, which is Hawthorn, Valerian and a couple of other natural things, and which really drops the blood pressure back to normal quickly.

      In the tea department, try Tila, another efficient and quick reductor.

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      Chantal America 7 years ago from USA

      Really great post. I've always enjoyed hibiscus tea but did not know how helpful it was. Thanks for the info! In health!

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      SpiritLeo 7 years ago from Europe

      Thank you for the nice info shared with us!

      But how about bee products? Can they low blood pressure?

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for this informative hub stevemark.

      My husband has high blood pressure and takes maintenance medicines for this. I did not know about Niacin. I'll tell him about this.

      All the best!

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      Destined To Win 7 years ago

      Thanks for this most informative hub on winning the battle over blood pressure. Very valuable. A consistent regiment of exercise is so important as you mentioned along with the proper diet and supplements. Once again, thanks.

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      Jisblessed 7 years ago

      Good information. I will share it others. God bless you

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      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      As always, you have provided excellent information for anyone who would want to try an alternatives to modern medicine.

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      swade123 7 years ago from California

      Thanks so much for the informative hub. I'll try the tea and the niacin. I already knew about niacin but hadn't gotten around to trying it. Hibiscus tea sounds delicious as well as healthful.

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Glad to review your list & see I can put a check mark by all except Niacin and hisbiscus tea. I read years ago that Vitamin C helps the arterial walls (by lessening plaque). Great Hub

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      Rebecca Graf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Perfect timing. My husband's bp is really high. I'll have him look at this.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I always learn something new from you - never knew about Hibiscus tea. Great Hub!

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      Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

      Was surprised about the hibiscus tea and niacin. Thanks!

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      jacquie (papua new guinea) 7 years ago

      Hi, Im from Papua New Guinea, a smaill island nation in the South PAcifoc, where hibiscus grows in abundance, so which particlaur one is the right one for making hibiscus tea.

      an informative hub

      cheers

      jacquie

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      stevemark122000 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment Jacquie!

      Egyptian or Rosehip Hibiscus are popular choices.

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      Elaune 6 years ago

      This info is very helpful. I have HBP and I want to control it with natural foods and proper diet and exercise. I started drinking pure Apple Cider Vinegar three times a day. Has anyone tried this? I' be read it helps HBO.

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      rosehip 6 years ago

      In our family blood pressure problem is very common I guess we have inherited it anyway I have been searching for ways to improve my blood pressure and I came across your post very nice hub very informative nice job Steve

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