Herbal supplements could help reduce high blood pressure

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Scientists from the Medical University of Lodz found that herbal supplements could help reduce high blood pressure.

High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death for Americans. High blood pressure is also very common.

Tens of millions of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, and many do not have it under control. 

Blood pressure is measured using two numbers: The first number, called systolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats.

The second number, called diastolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats.

For most adults, normal blood pressure is less than 120 over 80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), which is written as your systolic pressure reading over your diastolic pressure reading — 120/80 mm Hg.

High blood pressure is a global health problem and is estimated to affect billions of people until the end of 2025. For this reason, every possible and effective solution to preventing high blood pressure should be considered.

Herbal supplements are products made from botanicals, or plants, that are used to treat diseases or to maintain health are called herbal products, botanical products, or phytomedicines. 

Herbal supplements rich in phenolic compounds are found to help prevent heart diseases. Therefore, they are suggested to be included in diets for people with high blood pressure.

In the current study, researchers aimed to review recently published studies to examine the effect of selected herbal supplements on blood pressure reduction.

A total of 31 studies were included in the analysis, and the meta-analysis was conducted on the data from 16 of them.

The team found that generally, the use of herb supplements, such as resveratrol, cherry juice, beetroot juice, bergamot extracts, barberry, and pycnogenol was linked to reduced blood pressure.

The findings demonstrated that herbal supplements can be effective in blood pressure reduction and heart disease prevention.

The team says future attention should be paid to the appropriate dosage due to the possibility of side effects from the digestive system.

The research was published in Antioxidants (Basel) and conducted by Anna Lipert et al.

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