Go Natural to Lower Cholesterol & High Blood Pressure!

1Natural treatments for heart disease often aim to control cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and improve heart health. Generally, research on such treatments is limited, compared to conventional medical treatments.

Few natural sources have clinically proven to reduce cholesterol. There’s no evidence that alternative therapies lower the risk of heart failure. However, many people have experienced success with alternative treatments.

Types of Cholesterol:

There are two kinds of cholesterol:

  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also called “bad” cholesterol
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL), also called “good” cholesterol

 Cholesterol Levels:

Usually, normal human should have low levels of LDL and higher levels of HDL. The recommended cholesterol levels are:

  • Total cholesterol: less than 200 mg/dL
  • LDL cholesterol: less than 100 mg/dL
  • HDL cholesterol: 50 mg/dL or higher

Natural Remedies:

The ingredients in some alternative therapies can interfere with certain medications or have harmful side effects.

Few regularly used organic products which may prone to reduce cholesterol are;

  • Astragalus
  • Hawthorn
  • Flaxseed
  • Fish with omega-3 fatty acids
  • Garlic
  • Red yeast rice
  • Plant sterol and stanol supplements

 Benefits of natural remedies

  • No prescription required
  • Can be implemented along with standard treatment plan 

Drawbacks of natural remedies

  • No clinical evidence
  • Side effects may occur

 Medications for high cholesterol

A variety of medications are also available to lower high cholesterol. Usually prescribed medications are,

  • Statins such as lovaststin or atorvastatin
  • Cholestyramine
  • Injectable medications like volocumab

 Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is association of systolic and diastolic pressure. Systolic pressure represents BP, while the heart is pumping and diastolic pressure stands for BP when the heart is at rest.

High blood pressure (hypertension) occurs when the pressure on the arteries and blood vessels becomes too high and the arterial wall becomes distorted causing extra stress on the heart.

Long term hypertension increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and diabetes.

Blood pressure ranges:

  • Normal: Less than 120/80 mm Hg
  • Prehypertension: Systolic pressure between 120–129 and diastolic pressure less than 80
  • Stage 1 Hypertension: Systolic pressure between 130–139 or diastolic pressure between 80–89
  • Stage 2 Hypertension: Systolic pressure at least 140 or diastolic pressure at least 90 mm Hg

Outcomes of high blood pressure:

  • Arterial damage
  • Aneurysm
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Reduced kidney function
  • Heart failure
  • Blocked or ruptured blood vessels
  • Vision loss
  • Loss of cognitive function

Causes of high blood pressure:

  • A high-salt diet
  • Obesity
  • Emotional stress
  • Birth control pills
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Smoking
  • Heavy-metal poisoning

Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

  • Flax seeds
  • Fish oil supplement
  • Magnesium supplements
  • Potassium supplements
  • Omega-3 foods
  • Foods That Reduce Blood Pressure:
  • Dark chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Bananas
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Melon

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