Sally Gh
by on October 19, 2019
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HIGH blood pressure is prevalent in the UK, with more than one in four people living with the condition. To ward off the threat of developing more serious complications, it is imperative to lower high blood pressure. Studies show a certain spice boasts blood-pressure lowering properties.
High blood pressure naturally fluctuates throughout the day and night. It’s when a person’s blood pressure is consistently high, even when they are resting, that can spell trouble. This means a person’s heart has to work harder to pump blood around their body, which, if left untreated, can lead to heart complications. Fortunately, simply dietary changes can lower a person’s reading.
Cardamon, a popular spice used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, has been shown to lower high blood pressure.
In one study, researchers gave three grams of cardamom powder a day to 20 adults who were newly diagnosed with high blood pressure.
After 12 weeks, blood pressure levels had significantly decreased to the normal range.
Investigating the blood-pressure lowering properties found in cardamom, researchers suggest the answer may lie in the high levels of antioxidants found in the spice.
Antioxidants are molecules that help fight oxidation.
Oxidation is a normal chemical process that takes place in the body everyday. When this process is disrupted, however, this has been shown to play a role in high blood pressure.
Antioxidants help to restore the process.
Notably, the study found that participants’ antioxidant status had increased by 90 percent by the end of the study.
Researchers also posit that the spice may lower blood pressure due to its diuretic effect, meaning it can encourage urination to flush out water that builds up in a person’s body, for example around their heart.
Bolstering this explanation, cardamom extract has been shown to increase urination and decrease blood pressure in rats.
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