And not only heredity can be the cause for this condition, but also stress, obesity, smoking, excess salt in food and alcohol abuse. Avoiding such a disease is always ideal, but when it already exists, it is important to treat it well.
In addition to conventional remedies, recommended by cardiologists and essential for the treatment of this disease, you can also count on the aid of teas. This is because some infusions have beneficial properties for those who suffer from problems involving the heart.
According to pharmacist Maria Júlia Pereira Reis, the use of teas can ease the symptoms of hypertension, cases of circulatory and coronary heart disease, tension and stress. “Among the best known teas for treatment are green tea, ginger, garlic, embaúba, fennel, lemon balm , among others.”
Only those who suffer from high blood pressure can use these teas to maintain a natural and preventive treatment.
To make the tea, just add 1 cup of boiling water together with the dried and chopped leaves, let it rest for 10 minutes and strain. For best results drink three cups of this infusion a day.
lemon balm tea
Boil 2 cups of water together with 1 teaspoon of chopped lemon balm leaves and the same amount of fresh passion fruit leaves. Expect to get warm and strain. Drink one cup three times a day.
Garlic tea is proven to be a good natural remedy for high blood pressure. To make, just crush 1 clove of garlic and boil for three minutes in 1 cup (of tea) of water. Expect it to warm, strain and drink every twelve hours.
Boil 500 ml of filtered water. After the boiling process, add 1 tablespoon of grated ginger, equivalent to four slices of this root. Turn off the heat, cover the pan and let it steep for 15 minutes. After the set time, blush and drink while still warm.
Bring 1 liter of filtered water to a boil. Then turn off the heat and add 3 tablespoons of the dried fennel seeds. Cover the container and let it steep for up to five minutes. Finally, strain and drink the tea up to three times a day.
After boiling 500 ml of filtered water, add 2-3 tablespoons of dried horsetail leaves. Cover the container and let it rest for five to 10 minutes. Then just strain and drink while still warm.
According to Maria Júlia, this drink can be consumed two to three times a day and the treatment cannot exceed a week. “Some teas have diuretic properties: such as horsetail. But this is not suitable for people who suffer from hypotension, kidney and gastric problems , “explains the pharmacist.
Teas and Blood Pressure: Frequently Asked Questions
Even with this information already mentioned, you may have been left with some doubts. Therefore, we asked pharmacist Maria Júlia some of the most common questions involving teas and blood pressure. Check out the answers below:
Can those with high blood pressure drink mate tea?
“I need to inform you that caffeine is not indicated for patients suffering from coronary heart disease and hypertension . Mate tea is an excellent diuretic, however, as it has a high concentration of caffeine (a 240 mL cup has 27mg of caffeine), its use is not indicated”, warns the professional.
Can those with high blood pressure drink green tea?
Despite containing levels of caffeine, green tea is indicated for those suffering from hypertension . According to Maria Júlia, in this drink there are more beneficial than harmful ones.
“Green tea is one of the healthiest drink options for hypertensive patients, as studies indicated that it would help reduce blood pressure. However, recent (University of Fukushima) have shown that patients treated with nadolol (a drug for the treatment of hypertension) lose its effectiveness in up to 75% when ingested the tea”, he informs.
For this reason, it is recommended that the patient always seek a doctor or pharmacist before hand to obtain more precise information about the interaction of medicines, whether natural or not.
Chamomile tea raises blood pressure?
“No, like lemon balm, chamomile is a natural tranquilizer and can help reduce high blood pressure ,” adds the pharmacist.
Other Natural Treatments for High Blood Pressure
- Avoid some foods: Sweets, sugars and fried foods. It is also important to have control with red meat, ready-to-eat seasonings and industrialized, processed, preserved and canned foods
- Adhere to healthier dishes: Give preference to cooked, baked, grilled or sautéed foods. Replace ready-made seasonings with natural ones, such as chives, garlic, lemon, etc. It is essential to adopt fruits and vegetables in everyday life
- Exercise: During the week it is necessary to do some type of physical activity, such as walking, running, swimming, etc.
- Have fun: Eliminating stress and nervousness from life is one way to take care of your blood pressure and heart health. Therefore, it is recommended to have fun and enjoy more moments of happiness.
What is hypertension?
According to the Ministry of Health, hypertension “is a chronic disease characterized by high levels of blood pressure in the arteries. It happens when the maximum and minimum pressure values are equal to or exceed 140/90 mmHg (or 14 by 9).” (1)
For this reason, this requires the heart to work harder and overloads this all-important organ. Therefore, it is one of the main risk factors for a heart attack.
In addition, high blood pressure can lead to other health problems. For example, stroke, arterial aneurysm, and kidney and heart failure.
According to the Brazilian Society of Cardiology, hypertension affects 32.5% of adult individuals in Brazil. Thus, there are 36 million Brazilians facing the consequences of this problem. (two)
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Causes and Symptoms of High Blood Pressure
Family history is the main cause of hypertension. Also according to the Ministry of Health, in 90% of cases the problem is inherited from the parents . (1) However, this is not the only cause of high blood pressure.
Other factors can also influence blood pressure levels, such as obesity, stress and aging. In addition, the exaggerated consumption of salt and the adoption of an inadequate diet can contribute to the emergence of this problem.
And when this condition settles in the body, it can present itself silently or show some signs. Dizziness, palpitations, shortness of breath, headaches, and altered vision can all be symptoms of high blood pressure . (3)
In addition to these signs, hypertension can also cause tiredness and nosebleeds. Faced with these signs, the patient must look for a health facility closer to diagnose the condition. (4)
Prevention of this problem
When the subject is the prevention of hypertension, the most recommended is to have healthy habits. Starting with the adoption of a healthier diet and avoiding sweets. It is also indicated to practice sports or physical activities.
With these two tips, in addition to preventing hypertension, it is also possible to prevent the body from other conditions. Diabetes, overweight and obesity are some of them.
Other ways to avoid high blood pressure are: Avoid smoking and reduce alcohol consumption.
Difference between hypertension and high blood pressure
Generally speaking, hypertension is popularly called high blood pressure. However, it is noteworthy that high blood pressure does not always refer to a chronic disease.
This means that, to diagnose a hypertensive person, the doctor needs to carry out a battery of tests. Sometimes, blood pressure changes for specific reasons, such as an excessive salt intake at lunch or stress during a workday.
To be diagnosed as hypertensive, the patient must be showing constant changes in blood pressure. In addition, they may be accompanied by other symptoms, as mentioned above.
But now that the differences have been explained, it is important for the individual to seek medical help for such conditions. Since teas for the treatment of hypertension are not a substitute for medicines prescribed by a professional.