Cardiovascular disease, disease of the heart and blood vessels, is the leading cause of death in the United States. And hypertension, or high blood pressure (HBP), is the most common form of cardiovascular disease.
High blood pressure is a serious matter that needs to be controlled. Embracing a healthy diet and exercise are the primary low-cost, self-directed ways to prevent and lower high blood pressure and control for the disease; yet many people seem unable to make the change. Hypertension medications by default, then, are the most popular treatment method. However, they are not without cost and side effects.
The good news: A recent study confirmed that a simple combination of two natural items is actually more powerful at decreasing high blood pressure than prescription medication.
What Is Blood Pressure?
When you get a medical checkup, the doctor always checks your blood pressure. Why? Because blood pressure is an important indication of your state of health and risk for disease.
Blood that carries nutrients and oxygen courses through your veins and arteries delivers life-giving elements to your entire body. To understand this, think of a network of hoses and straws transporting water throughout a crop system to water the plants. Blood fills the arteries to a specific level, which creates pressure. When the pressure gets too high (often from things like arterial plaque, stress and toxins), the health of the arterial walls is compromised and pressure keeps building. That can cause pain and potentially life-threatening conditions such as heart disease.
Blood Pressure Medications
There are many medications available by prescription that can lower your blood pressure. While these have relatively few side effects, they can be problematic and you should be aware of the unwanted effects they can sometimes cause. Some, like ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors and ARBs (Angiotensin II receptor blockers), can be harmful for pregnant women. Others can cause difficulties in those who also have diabetes or other diseases and are taking other medications in addition to blood pressure drugs.
Erectile dysfunction is another common side effect of blood pressure medications. Blood pressure pharmaceuticals that are diuretic in nature (causing urination and sweating to help move excess fluids and salts from the body) can lead to dehydration, weakness, leg cramps and fatigue.
While HBP medications are relatively safe, they do not get at the root of the blood pressure problem, nor do they work as well as a combination of cinnamon and magnesium.
The Tasty News
In addition to exercise, a healthy diet can help prevent heart disease while lowering blood pressure. Two recent studies show that cinnamon and magnesium are key ingredients that, when combined, may lower blood pressure more effectively and naturally than prescription medications.
Cinnamon And Blood Pressure
According to results published in the October 2013 issue of the journal Nutrition, short-term consumption of cinnamon is associated with “a notable reduction” in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, especially in those who are also prediabetic or have type 2 diabetes. These results came from taking 500 mg to 2.4 g of cinnamon consumed daily for 12 weeks.
The researchers concluded that cinnamon made possible significant drops in blood pressure.
Magnesium And Blood Pressure
A 2012 meta-analysis published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, assessed the blood pressure lowering effectiveness of magnesium. In the studies they analyzed, the mean daily supplementation dose was 410 mg. They found a “small but clinically significant” blood pressure reduction.
When you consider all the natural methods that can lower blood pressure, there seems to be no reason hypertension should be a leading contributor to fatal heart conditions. Along with magnesium and cinnamon, beet juice (which I discuss here) can also lower blood pressure.
Don’t let high blood pressure steal your health. Supplement with cinnamon and magnesium, drink some beet juice, exercise and adopt a healthy lifestyle. The New Year is coming; make it a healthy one!