Beneficial botanical products at a glance
Numerous polyphenolic and flavonoids natural compounds found in plants, fruits and vegetables, have recently been studied and have regained an interest for their positive and beneficial impact to decrease illnesses. Very low side effects compare to synthetic prescribed medicine have been recorded and conventional doctors are now learning towards the study of phytotherapy, supplementation and nutrition to help their patients.
- Aloe barbadensis contains a natural compound, aloeemodin that has emerged as a potent hypotensive agent.
- Dorstenia psilurus growths in well drained peat with some to lots of water and some to lots of sun.
Weed, food or medicine?
- Devil’s needles or hairy beggar ticks, scientific name, Bidens pilosa. The leaf methanol extract exerts its antihypertensive effect in part by improving insulin sensitivity.
Grains. Cereal grain, including brown rice, wheat, maize, oat and millet.
- Rice bran, a by-product of the rice milling process, is well known for its beneficial dietary components.
- Increasing whole-grain foods, whether high in soluble or insoluble fiber, can reduce blood pressure.
Particular mushrooms have been documented as a folk medicine for centuries. Specific Compounds in medicinal mushrooms have been found to contain antioxidants that have a positive impact on health.
- Maitake or Grifola frondosa is a medicinal mushroom used widely in the East. Study demonstrates its ability to decrease high blood pressure and augment healthier life span.
- Apple guava or common guava, scientific name, Psidium guajava Linn. family of Myrtaceae. Leaf aqueous extract has demonstrated healthy activity on blood pressure.
- Citrus, species, grapefruit, tangerine, clementine, lemon and orange. Naringin, a flavonoid glycoside may reduce diastolic blood pressure and systolic blood pressure.
Warning, consult a nutritionist prior adding grapefruit to your diet due to important interaction with prescribed medicine.
- Cranberry, scientific name, Vaccinium
Warning, may cause urinary tract inflammation if taken in excess.
- Bitter melon, scientific name, Momordica charantia Linn, Monascus purpureus, is well known in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. It prevents and reverses fructose-induced hypertension.
- Pomegranate, scientific name, Punica granatum. Jefferson planted it at Monticello, in 1771. Still very popular and beneficial to health. It is utilized as a juice, spice, wine or liqueur. The fruit contains enormous antioxidants. Alcoholic extract of flowers demonstrates a potent protective activity in acute oxidative tissue injury, wide protection against cardiovascular diseases. It may reduce common carotid intima-media thickness and blood pressure.
Warning, interfere with carbamazepine, a medication used for epilepsy, bipolar disorder and other ailments. Check with a professional prior adding to the diet.
- Tomato, scientific name, Solanum lycopersicum
Common herbs, easely grown in pots or garden
- Garlic, scientific name, Allium sativum and onion may help thin blood.
- Oregano, scientific name, Origanum vulgare,
- Rosemary or Rosmarinus officinalis
- Roseroot, scientific name, Rhodiola rosea grows in cold regions of the world. It can be found in the Rocky mountains of North America.
- Water soluble cranberry-based phytochemical combinations with oregano, rosemary, and Rhodiola rosea have demonstrated good effects on diabetes and hypertension.
Warning, all the water extracts tested indicated that they had anti-ACE-I inhibitory activity.
- Harpephyllum caffrum Bernh ex CF Krauss
Warning, herbs contain natural chemicals compounds that may interfere with other herbs, fruits or vegetables. They may decrease or increase medications.
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