Hypertension, chronically elevated blood pressure, can lead to complications including death. One type of drug used to treat hypertension is called a calcium channel blocker, or calcium antagtonist. Calcium antagonists prevent the uptake of calcium by the heart and blood vessels, resulting in relaxed blood vessels and lowered blood pressure. Extracts from olives and roselle are known to have calcium antagonistic properties. According to one study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, it is possible to use these extracts to manage blood pressure.
- Natural remedies like Olives and roselle can be indispensable in the fight against hypertension that can lead to fatal cardiovascular diseases.
- Some of the ways to manage hypertension include having a proper diet and exercises. Also, maintaining potassium levels in the body can lower blood pressure.
- Leafy greens and berries are some of the foods for managing hypertension. Leafy greens are high in potassium while berries are high in flavonoids for reducing blood pressure.
“They tested a nutraceutical formulation containing extracts of the two plants on atria and aorta from guinea pigs. The formulation was found to have the ability to relax blood vessels and decrease heart rate, indicating the extract combination’s possible application as a food supplement for hypertension management.”