HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SYMPTOMS CAUSES DIET & TREATMENT

Dr.Armughan Riaz
M.B.B.S, Dip Card
Consultant Cardiologist

 

Vitamins For High Blood Pressure

List of vitamins for high blood pressure Hypertension. Folic acid Vitamin C and Vitamin E play important role in controling high blood pressure

Vitamins For High Blood Pressure

Folic acid Vitamin C and Vitamin E play important role in controling high blood pressure.

 

Folic acid


Folic acid is a B-complex vitamin found naturally in leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, and lentils. Folic acid, also known as folate, can also be found in vitamin supplements and fortified foods such as breads and breakfast cereals. Folate is a B vitamin necessary for formation of red blood cells. It may help to lower high blood pressure in some people, possibly by reducing elevated homocysteine levels.One small study of 24 cigarette smokers found that four weeks of folic acid supplementation significantly lowered blood pressure. Several large studies have examined the role of folic acid in the prevention of high blood pressure and found that it provides some benefit in reducing risk of the condition. While the exact role is unclear, it may help maintain the flexibility of arteries and other blood vessels or help blood pressure receptors make more accurate blood pressure adjustments. The most widely discussed study on folic acid and blood pressure is the Nurses' Health Study II, which was published in 2005 by researchers from Harvard Medical School. This study found that women who consumed at least 1000 micrograms of folate per day were about 25 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than women who consumed less than 200 micrograms per day. Earlier studies have looked at lower doses of folic acid and found that doses beyond 800 micrograms per day do not appear to provide any additional benefit. Many prepared cereals, canned goods, and breads are fortified with the nutrient. Green leafy vegetables and legumes (beans) are the best natural sources of folic acid. Some wise choices:


Cauliflower: 1 Cup = 180 micrograms 
Lentils: 1 Cup, boiled = 386 micrograms 
Chickpeas: 1 Cup, boiled = 282 micrograms 
Spinach: 1 Cup, raw = 210 micrograms 
Lettuce: 1 Cup = 156 micrograms

 

Vitamin C and Vitamin E


The lower the serum vitamin C level, the higher the blood pressure in persons suffering from hypertension. Whether this is due to dietary habits or a blood pressure lowering effect of vitamin C has yet to be determined.Vitamins C and E are antioxidants, compounds that neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. Recent studies have shown that antioxidants may help to reduce high blood pressure (hypertension), possibly by protecting the body's supply of nitric oxide (NO), a molecule that relaxes blood vessels.Antioxidants are powerful regulators of blood pressure and studies show that multiple types of antioxidants found in a diet heavy in fruit and vegetables, could help mitigate high blood pressure (Hypertension). hypertension is a highly complex disorder that can arise from a number of causes, nitric oxide (NO) and oxidative stress play a major role in regulating blood pressure


 

Coenzyme Q10


Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an essential component of the metabolic processes involved in energy production. Individuals with cardiovascular disease (including hypertension, angina and congestive heart failure) often are deficient in CoQ10 and require increased tissue levels of CoQ10. Clinical studies have indicated that CoQ10 is of considerable benefit in the treatment of hypertension and other cardiovascular disease.


While folic acid Vitamin C and Vitamin E are important part of a healthy high blood pressure diet, these are onle few components. Healthy eating is one of the most important steps towards the prevention of high blood pressure, and overall balance is the key

 



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