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High blood pressure can cause many ailments and put your health at great risk. Heart problems, kidney failure, and stroke are just a few of them. For instance, did you know that hypertension can also lead to erectile dysfunction? 

In addition to your medication, you can use natural methods to regulate your blood pressure. Quitting smoking and decreasing your salt intake can also play a major role in controlling blood pressure.

Here are a few herbs and condiments you can add to your diet to keep hypertension at bay:

1. Cardamom

One research study has shown that the diuretic properties of cardamom [1] and the phytonutrients present in it may help to promote blood circulation and thus keep blood pressure under check. You can add the spice in your tea and food preparations, or chew a few cardamom pods along with the seeds daily. 

2. Flaxseed

In addition to the omega 3 fatty acid present in them that may help protect against cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome, the lignans present in flaxseeds lower blood sugar and blood pressure, and reduce inflammation [2]. Add powdered flaxseed to your wheat flour when making parathas or rotis. You can also add it to salads and smoothies, or snack on them. 

3. Carom Seeds (ajwain)

Adding whole carom seeds to your diet or drinking ajwain water can help lower blood pressure [3]. Carom seeds are shown to contain thymol, which may have a calcium channel blocking effect [4]. This helps in relaxing the blood vessels and thus can help lower blood pressure. 

4. Lavender

The calming properties of lavender may make it a good natural remedy for lowering blood pressure [5]. It helps reduce anxiety and may dilate the arteries, thus having a positive effect on people with hypertension. Sip on some lavender tea at the end of the day to yield its benefits. Using lavender oil for massage may also help in managing stress. 

5. Celery

Rich in potassium, celery may be an effective herb to manage hypertension [5]. Research suggests that its diuretic properties may not only help lower blood pressure but may also lower levels of bad LDL cholesterol. Add celery to your smoothies or have them as a garnish.

6. Green or Oolong Tea

Drinking oolong tea [6] daily has been shown to help reduce the risk of developing hypertension. Green tea or oolong tea has a relaxing effect, and the antioxidants present in it may help keep many other chronic diseases at bay. 

References:

  1.   Verma SK, Jain V, Katewa SS. Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics. 2009 Dec;46(6):503-6
  2.   Adolphe JL, Whiting SJ, Juurlink BH, Thorpe LU, Alcorn J. The British Journal of Nutrition. 2010 Apr;103(7):929-38. doi: 10.1017/S0007114509992753. Epub 2009 Dec 15.
  3.   Aftab K, Atta-Ur-Rahman, Usmanghani K. International Journal of Phytotherapy and phytopharmacology. 1995 Jul;2(1):35-40. doi: 10.1016/S0944-7113(11)80046-2.
  4.   Gilani AH, Jabeen Q, Ghayur MN, Janbaz KH, Akhtar MS. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2005 Apr 8;98(1-2):127-35.
  5.   Nahida Tabassum and Feroz Ahmad. Pharmacognosy Review. 2011 Jan-Jun; 5(9): 30–40. doi: 10.4103/0973-7847.79097
  6.   Yang YC, Lu FH, Wu JS, Wu CH, Chang CJ. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2004 Jul 26;164(14):1534-40.

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