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Hibiscus tea may improve health and lower your blood pressure

6 Feb

 

A variety of bioactivities have been attributed to these compounds, she noted, including the ability to act as an ACE inhibitor. Earlier short-term trials in humans used black tea as a control, which also has an effect on vascular reactivity, making it not a proper control to look at the effects of hibiscus tea, she pointed out. “It is also interesting to note that a study comparing hibiscus tea with captopril, an ACE inhibitor, found no difference in blood-pressure-lowering effects.”

The aim of their study, she said, was to determine whether hibiscus tea, “in an amount that can be readily incorporated into the diet,” will lower blood pressure in prehypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults compared with a placebo beverage.

The study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 65 generally healthy men and women aged 30 to 70 years who had SBP readings of 120 to 150 mm Hg and a diastolic blood pressure (DBP) of <95 mm Hg.

Subjects were not taking antihypertensive medications or other supplements or medications that could affect their blood-pressure level. They were not excluded on the basis of body-mass index (BMI), and BMIs in the study ranged from 18.5 to 34.9.

Participants were randomized to receive either three 8-oz servings daily of hibiscus tea for six weeks or a placebo beverage. The hibiscus tea was prepared by brewing one tea bag containing 1.25 g of dried hibiscus calyces in 8 oz of boiled water for six minutes, after which the tea bag was removed. The placebo beverage was prepared by adding a small amount of hibiscus-flavored concentrate to 8 oz of water.

The beverage had to be consumed within 12 hours of preparation and could be served hot or cold and with or without milk and a sweetener of the subjects’ choice, she noted. The placebo beverage had no anthocyanins, which they believe is the active component, McKay pointed out.  Read the entire article here..

http://www.theheart.org/article/919631.do

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Important information about controlling your High Blood Pressure

16 Jan

As someone who suffers from high blood pressure, I am always looking for ways to get off the water pills I am now taking. With this pill I have managed to keep my blood pressure under control for about 5 years but I am always looking for ways to get off this pill. My doctor says to me that I can never be cured of HPB because one you have it you have it. I refuse to believe that.

These days I drink a lot of hibiscus and other herbal teas. I was on noni juice for about six months and I saw a big drop in my blood pressure.  My sister had made the drink and gave me to bring back to Canada from the Caribbean. She has the tree but it is difficult to mail that kind of stuff from the Caribbean so I did not drink it for a while but am drinking a lot of hibiscus which has received a lot of rave lately.

My resolution for the new year is to try a vegan diet to bring my blood pressure down. If it works then veganism or pretty close to that would be my new way of living. One thing I am disappointed in the health foods that are available, many are packed in sodium and I do not eat those. All their fake meats have sodium levels that are definitely not healthy so I stay away from that.  I eat brown rice, lots of green vegetables, spices very little sea salt but lots of chili pepper, lemon etc. to spice my foods. Anyway check out the links and what you need from it.

http://www.healthcentral.com/high-blood-pressure/cf/slideshows/top-foods-to-avoid-with-high-blood-pressure/pickles/?ap=825

Eating Potatoes twice a day can lower your blood pressure.

3 Sep

I often wonder why researchers spend good money to research something that is already know.  I am convinced potato is a good food and does the body good when eaten in moderation and cooked in a way that promotes health. For example boiling or baking potatoes and not deep-frying.

Well a recent research found out that potatoes eaten correctly can reduce blood pressure. How many of you out there eat potatoes regularly and still have blood pressure?  I am  sure millions. What is the purpose of studies such as these? To get us to buy and eat more potatoes? I am sure it is. There are so many foods and teas and diets that are great for managing blood pressure. Here’s an excerpt of the article

Joe Vinson, a professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, analyzed 18 patients who ate six to eight small purple potatoes twice daily for
a month and found their systolic and diastolic blood pressures (the top and bottom numbers on a blood pressure reading) dropped by 3.5 and 4.3 percent,
respectively.

 Most patients were either overweight or obese, and many were already taking medications for high blood pressure during the study, which was funded by the U.S. Department
of Agriculture
 and was to be presented Wednesday at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver. Experts note that research presented at scientific meetings is preliminary and has not yet been peer-reviewed.

While I say thanks for the study I would add perhaps these scarce research dollars might be better spent on trying to find a cure for some of these diseases rather than treating symptoms all the time.

 

Take care of your hypertension

22 Nov

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Hypertension if left untreated can and often results in deaths or life altering stroke. Hypertension is an insidious disease as it has not symptoms. I discovered I had high blood pressure quite accidentally. I was walking in a mall with a friend who happened to be a nurse. I saw one of those hbp machines in the drug store and decided to check my pressure just for the heck of it. My nurse friend was shocked to see my pressure reading was 180 over 99.  We took my pressure several times and the reading did not change. She said that I should follow her home and she will check my pressure with her machine that she had at home.  My pressure was even higher. She told me I have to see a doctor ASAP. When I went to the doctor he immediately prescribed me the water pills. I tried to say if I could do anything to help my condition before starting on pills and he had to tell me more than once that once a person has hpb that’s it. There is no turning back I would have to contend myself with being on the pills all the time. I tried to resist by not taking the pills at first, I tried walking, exercising watching my diet to see if it would make a difference but it didn’t and my doctor gave me a good talking about the risks. Reluctantly I started taking my pills religiously but I have over the years (last 4 years) have done little things to improve my hpb.  I am on the DASH diet, I have lost about 40 pounds in four years and my bp is consistently under 120 over 60 or 70.  I still take the one pill and I am hoping my doctor will eventually cut the dosage to half at some point.

Although hypertension seldom produces symptoms, the intense pounding of blood gradually damages the artery walls. Small arteries are especially vulnerable. The walls respond by thickening and losing their elasticity and strength. As a result, less blood can pass through them, depriving surrounding tissues of oxygen and nutrients. The vessel walls are also more prone to rupture. Eventually, hypertension damages not just the blood vessels themselves, but also the heart, brain, kidneys, and eyes. These are the “target organs” of hypertension — those most likely to be affected by the disease.The longer you have hypertension, the greater your chances of developing target-organ damage and, consequently, major diseases such as heart disease, kidney disease, and eye damage. African Americans are particularly at risk: Not only are they more likely to develop hypertension, but they are also more apt to suffer from its complications. African Americans with hypertension have higher rates of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes compared with whites with hypertension. African Americans are also more likely to die as a result of hypertension than whites are.

How to get the best reading of your blood pressure

20 Sep

 

A number of factors can boost your reading even when you don’t have hypertension.

 

Several factors can lead to an artificially high blood pressure reading — elevated numbers even though you don’t have hypertension. One common cause: nervousness about being at the doctor’s office. Try the following suggestions to get the most accurate results.

*       Don’t drink coffee or smoke cigarettes for at least 30 minutes before having your blood pressure measured.

*       Go to the bathroom prior to the reading. A full bladder can change your blood pressure reading.

*       Before the test, sit for five minutes with your back supported and your feet flat on the ground.

*       Rest your arm on a table at the level of your heart.

*       Ask the doctor or nurse to take two readings, at least two minutes apart, and average the results.

 

How Hypertension Affects the Eyes

6 Sep

The eye works by focusing visual images onto the retina, a sheet of nerve tissue at the back of the eyeball. Immediately behind the retina lies a network of tiny blood vessels that keeps this tissue richly supplied with oxygen and nutrients. Hypertension can cause these arteries to narrow or break and bleed into the retina. It can also lead to swelling of the optic nerve, which carries images to the brain. In patients with longstanding, untreated hypertension, the result can be impaired vision and even blindness.

A growing problem of epidemic proportion

24 Aug

According to recent research our blood pressure problem is set to explode if something is not done to stop it with the number of people suffering from this disease surpassing  exceed a billion in 20 years.  One in four adults all over the globe will have hbp thus increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes not to mention the burden on health care systems.  This situation is easy to reverse experts agree. The cost of treating hbp is cost effective .What is the problem?  People are not taking their medicine as they should, and our lifestyles are in the pits.A person in the west has a 90 percent chance of developing HBP.  If people only move their bodies a bit, watch their salt and fat intake and take their medicines properly, this ticking time bomb could be alleviated. Physicians have a role to play. They need to convey the message that hypertension is the first, and easily measurable, irreversible, sign that many organs in the body are under attack; they also need to encourage their patients to follow a preventative lifestyle. A British Heart Foundation spokeswoman said high blood pressure often remained undiagnosed until a person encountered something as serious and potentially fatal, as a heart attack or stroke. For this reason it is vital that people know what their blood pressure is and how they can reduce it. Anyone over 40 years old should regularly check their blood pressure.

A normal pressure is 120/80. Anything above this number should be checked out. Experts say that even if your blood pressure is reduced back to normal with medication, do not stop taking your medicine. That would be dangerous.

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