Herbs and Blood Pressure

an olive tree provides the leaves that can alleviate high blood pressure

It is possible that consuming certain herbs will help tor relieve high blood pressure.  These are the ones most often recommended.

Hibiscus tea

In a Tufts study participants who sipped 3 cups of hibiscus tea daily lowered systolic blood pressure by 7 points in 6 weeks on average.  These results are on par with manyprescription medications.

The phytochemicals in hibiscus are probably responsible for the large reduction.  Many herbal teas contain hibiscus; look for blends that list it near the top of the chart of ingredients – this often indicates a higher concentration per serving.

Olive leaves are an ancient remedy revisited

Although herbs have been used for hundreds of years to heal, scientists are finally substantiating these plants’ abilities to alleviate your aches and pains.

While olive oil is well known for its flavor and health benefits, the leaf has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Natural olive leaf and olive leaf extracts (OLE) are now marketed as anti-aging immune stimulators and even antibiotics.

Olive leaves and olive leaf extract

Recent research
Clinical evidence has proven the blood pressure lowering effects of carefully extracted Olive Leaf Extracts. Bioassays support its antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects at a laboratory level. A liquid extract made directly from fresh olive leaves gained international attention when it was shown to have an antioxidant power double green tea extract and 400% higher than Vitamin C.

For example, a study looked at 20 sets of identical twins with “borderline” hypertension — blood pressure that is above the optimal level of 120/80, but below the cutoff of 140/90 used to diagnose high blood pressure. One member of each twin pair was given tablets containing olive leaf extract, while the other received no supplements but did get lifestyle advice on lowering blood pressure.

After eight weeks, supplement users taking 1,000 mg of olive leaf extract per day showed a substantial dip in their blood pressure overall, and lowered levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol. The twins who received no supplements showed no significant change in their blood pressure and a smaller improvement in cholesterol.

A well researched book
Olive Leaf Extract (paperback) by Morton Walker provides an excellent explanation and is available online for $5 or less.  The book lists a number of manufacturers in the back.

Where can you buy olive leaf extract?
If it’s not available in your local health food store, there are multiple online sources.  Simply do an internet search.

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