High blood pressure unfortunately affects a large amount of our population –and it is not an issue to be taken lightly!
Fortunately, there are natural approaches we can take to lowering blood pressure and regulating glucose levels, the main approaches being exercise and diet.
Interestingly enough, there are two ingredients shown to lower blood pressure and regulate glucose levels that you probably have in your home. They are garlic and cinnamon.
Studies show an inverse correlation between garlic consumption and progression of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is associated with multiple factors such as raised serum total cholesterol, raised LDL and an increase in LDL oxidation, increased platelet aggregation, hypertension, and smoking.
The studies point to the fact that garlic reduces cholesterol, inhibits platelet aggregation, reduces blood pressure, and increases antioxidant status.
Garlic: the historical perspective
Garlic is believed to have originated in Central Asia and belongs to the Alliacae family. It is used universally as a flavoring agent, traditional medicine, and a functional food to enhance physical and mental health.
The beneficial effects of garlic consumption in treating a wide variety of human diseases and disorders have been known for centuries; thus, garlic has acquired a special position in the folklore of many cultures as a formidable prophylactic and therapeutic medicinal agent. Over the last one-quarter century the role of garlic in treating cardiovascular disease has received much attention.
Blood pressure and vascular tone effects.
A garlic extract has been shown to modulate the production and function of both endothelium-derived relaxing factor and constricting factors.
γ-Glutamylcysteines are compounds found in garlic, and these may what is responsible for lowering blood pressure.
Cinnamon and Blood Sugar
Cinnamon, the dry bark and twig, is a rich botanical source of polyphenolics that has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine and has been shown to affect blood glucose and insulin signaling.
Taking cinnamon was associated with significant decreases in fasting glucose, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.
But beware. There are several different kinds of cinnamon that produce different results. Saigon cinnamon contains high levels of coumadin, a blood thinner. Ceylon cinnamon may be safer. But taking large doses of cinnamon can be dangerous. Talk to your doctor before starting any supplement or eating plan.