High blood pressure, also called hypertension, affects nearly half of all American adults.
It’s the most common preventable risk factor for heart disease.
This article looks at the scientific research behind 10 herbs and spices that may help lower blood pressure.
Managing high blood pressure
High blood pressure is defined as having at least one of the following:
systolic blood pressure (the top number) over 130 mm Hg
diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) over 80 mm Hg
both systolic and diastolic values above these levels
You can manage blood pressure with medications, such as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and calcium channel blockers.
Many dietary and lifestyle changes can also reduce your blood pressure and lower your risk of heart disease.
In fact, studies have shown that some herbs and spices may reduce blood pressure levels, so you may want to consider adding these to your diet, too.
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