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Notes on Hypertension: From The Wise Herb Company

May 17, 2012

High blood pressure or hypertension can cause strokes, heart and kidney diseases. It is called the “slient killer” because most of the time, there are no symptoms, but when high blood pressure goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs throughout the body by high blood pressure. There are some natural ingredients (e.g. Herbs & Spices) that can help but it is important to lead a healthy wider lifestyle too.  The Products from the Wise Herb Company can help to complement a healthy lifestyle and potentially reduce hypertension.

The Wise Herb Company’s healthy infusions are a perfect complement to the seven heart health factors posted here.  The natural herbs and spices in the traditional recipes have been implicated in maintaining a healthy heart and are used as key ingredients in  our range of Functional drinks (UP&GOSLIM&FITCALM&RELAXYOUNG&FUN).

Indeed, investigators in several universities found that higher urinary counts of polyphenols were associated with greatly reduced cardiovascular risks. Article can be viewed here.

Researchers have also been telling us that oxidative stress produced by increased free radical levels induces hypertension by lowering the levels of nitric oxide in the body.  Antioxidants, in the form of polyphenolics in herbs and spices, are able to mop up these free radicals.

The research team are now looking at how blood pressure and nitric oxide can be affected by other antioxidants and how diet can play a role in regulating levels of free radicals and nitric oxide, thus affecting the regulation of blood pressure (article can be read HERE).  Thankfully, the infusions in our range are jam-packed full of polyphenolics and antioxidants.

In terms of the specific ingredients that The Wise Herb Company use these are potential Herbs & Spices that could help with Hypertension:

Amla:

Ojha et al in a scientific study investigated the protective role of Amla (E. officinalis) against cardio-toxicity in an animal model. Pretreatment with E. officinalis exhibited restoration of  heart function along with significant preservation of antioxidants, myocytes-injury-specific marker enzymes and significant inhibition of lipid peroxidation.

Cardamom:

In terms of its positive Cardiovascular properties it has been implicated in the:

Clearly Cardamon has several heart warming medicinal properties and we are happy to use it as a key ingredient in InnOrbit Functional drinks.

Green Tea:

Green tea catechins, dietary antioxidants, can protect against heart tissue after Ischemic (lack of blood supply) injury,

Researchers at Department of Pharmacology in Suzhou University have performed some studies and their results look like green tea ingredients could help in the preservation of healthy heart muscle.


Hibiscus:

Clinical research data supports the idea that consumption of hibiscus in an amount readily incorporated into the diet may play a role in controlling blood pressure.  Studies have also implicated this ingredient in anti-inflammatory, Cardio-protective and Neuro-protective effects.

For more information on the above functional benefits click on the following link: Rosalie Marion Bliss (USDA) – Lowering blood pressure.


Liquorice:

Researchers (Ojha S et al) have demonstrated the cardioprotective potential of G. glabra against heart attack by the reduction of oxidative stress and favorable modulation of cardiac function.  Full article abstract can be seen here.

Three Keys To A Healthy Lifestyle

World Hypertension Day is celebrated this year on the 17th May.  Living a healthy lifestyle can have a direct effect on having a healthy blood pressure. Here are three keys to help you get on the road to healthy living.

1. Watch Your Weight

In our rapidly changing world, the number of over-weight and obese people is on the rise. Being overweight can lead to hypertension.

  • Body Mass Index

A good way to monitor your weight is to regularly keep tabs on your ‘Body Mass Index’. To calculate your Body Mass Index, take your weight (in kilograms), and divide by your height (in meters) squared.

2. Make Healthy Food Choices.

Eating healthy is always a good idea. First and foremost, don’t skip meals. Remember, we are trying to create a healthy lifestyle NOT a diet. So, be sure to eat three good meals a day. Here are some good common sense tips to follow:

  1. Try to limit portion size.
  2. Eat slowly and listen to your body.
  3. If you eat fast, you can easily eat too much.
  4. Read the labels and choose a lower salt option.
  5. Try limiting processed and fast foods like biscuits, breakfast cereals, bread, burgers, cakes, pies and pizza.

Instead:

Increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Think about eating a rainbow of colours everyday. Eat more green!

Try making one vegetarian meal a week.

Eat nuts in their natural form as a quick snack.

Drink no more than one standard drink of alcohol for women and no more than two for men.

3. Live An Active Life

Your body was born to move. Siking, swimming, gardening, walking whatever makes you happy can’t help but be good for you! Even ten minutes of simple exercise, a couple of times a day, really adds up.

Try:

• Walking up the stairs at work.

• Park your car and walk a few streets.

• Get the music on and dance!

• Go for a walk at lunch.

• If you work at a desk, get up every hour, stretch, walk around.

• Play with the kids outdoors.

• If you are considering doing weights check with your doctor before starting.

Good Luck!

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