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What You Didn't Know About Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)!

Updated on April 23, 2017


Blood pressure is the amount of pressure exerted by the blood moving in your body on the walls of the containing blood vessels. It is measured in two counts, the Systolic count (Amount of pressure exerted by blood when the heart contracts or beats) and the Diastolic count (Amount of pressure exerted by blood between the heart beats). High blood pressure is said to exist when there is a repeatedly elevated systolic pressure of 140 or higher or a diastolic pressure of 90 or higher.

Did you know that over one sixth of world's population has high blood pressure? That means one in every six persons has it.

It is an established fact that out of all these people two-thirds are from developing countries. Here are some important facts about the disease that every person who is suffering from this disease should know. It will increase your chance to put up a better fight.

Although it is a global issue there is a lot of disparity in the incidence of hypertension. There are a few isolated groups in the Amazon which have a zero incidence of hypertension. The incidence of hypertension in the rural populations of Latin and South America, China and Africa is also very low whereas it is high in countries like Japan, Russia, Finland, Poland and in the US.

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A few facts about hypertension are summarised below:

1. Flaxseed oil helps to control hypertension caused by high cholesterol. It has been used as a traditional food and remedy in Mediterranean cultures for thousands of years. Flaxseed oil contains alpha-linolenic acid, a precursor to essential Omega-3 Fatty acid. This helps in lowering the 'Bad Cholesterol' (L.D.L.) levels. It is also good for people who have kidney disorders like lupus.

2. Stress Hormones (Adrenaline, Cortisol, Norepinephrine) are released in the body when our brain perceives any king of threat in the immediate surroundings or a need to be prepared to 'Run away' thanks to a reaction mechanism called 'Flight or fight' mode. When any kind of situation arises which might lead to a fight (or even struggle) or flight stress hormones are released in the blood. Now they are 'cleaned' out of the bloodstream once the threatening situation has passed. But if we are constantly under stress, they are never completely swept out of the bloodstream and might cause elevated blood pressure.

3. Some antibiotics like fluoroquinolones can damage the central nervous system which in turn can cause hypertension.

4. Meditation for thirty minutes a day can have a very beneficial effect on hypertension by lowering the systolic blood pressure significantly from the very first week of practice (and the diastolic blood pressure later on.)

5. Moderate exercise has been proved to have positive effects on mild hypertension.

6. Licorice is found to increase hypertension in some cases, though it is an excellent herb for many other conditions.

7. One clove of crushed garlic (left in air for a few minutes) consumed empty stomach every morning has substantial effects on mild to moderate hypertension.
8. Vitamin C 1000mg two times a day taken for four weeks (Reduce dose if diarrhea develops) helps in combating hypertension.

I sincerely hope that whoever reads this article can use the facts to their or someone else’s benefit.


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