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Diet, exercise and some meds may help you control your blood pressure and reduce the risk of associated health complications. Traditional medicine prescribes medications for blood pressure control; however, some of these medicines are expensive and have been noted for side effects. That said, numerous alternative medicines exist; notably, plants or herbs found by research to have hypotensive and antihypertensive therapeutic values.
This herb contains an active compound called allicin, which gives it its characteristic odor and many of its healing benefits. Garlic’s antioxidative and antihypertensive effect has been proven by a 2008 study  published in the journal BMC Cardiovascular Disorders that found the effectiveness of garlic in reducing BP in individuals with HTN.
Celery is a diuretic that enhances the excretion of sodium and chloride in the urine and may explain the herb’s effect on blood pressure. It is one of the herbs cited by an Indian study  that has uses related to the symptoms of hypertension.
Commonly used in Asian cooking, ginger may help control blood pressure and improve blood circulation. The blood pressure-lowering effect of ginger was confirmed by Ghayur and Gilani  in a study that first appeared in the January 2005 issue of the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology. This research was done on rats. There are still few human trials for the hypotensive effect of ginger.
Extract of basil has been shown to have a hypertensive effect, although only briefly. It causes a fall in blood pressure in a dose-dependent manner. Its cardiovascular effect is linked to eugenol, an essential oil  that offers a transient reduction in arterial blood pressure.
This fruit is rich in lycopene, beta-carotene, and vitamin E, which are known as effective antioxidants. A 2006 study  showed the correlation between a short-treatment with antioxidant-rich tomato extract and reduced blood pressure in patients with hypertension.
This annual herb has omega-3 fatty acids, which have been found to lower blood pressure. Many studies had posited the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on hypertensive patients and those with high-normal blood pressure, including one by Mori , who published his work in the journal Cellular and Molecular Biology in February 2010.
- French Lavender
This culinary herb contains oil that can also induce relaxation and lower blood pressure. Its crude extract has been reported to reduce BP in a 2007 study  conducted on rats. French lavender is a culinary herb whose flowers are also used in baked goods.
Carrots are high in beta-carotene and potassium, a nutrient that is shown to be effective in reducing high blood pressure . Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight disease.
Consuming this tasty herb every day can lower blood pressure in people with diabetes, according to studies. This has been proven by a 2013 study  that discovered the association between consumption of cinnamon and reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with type-2 diabetes. Instead of using sugar, you add a dash of cinnamon to your coffee in the morning for a unique taste.
- Ginkgo Biloba
This herb is rich in antioxidants, terpenoids, and flavonoids, which are not only good for your heart but are also known to lower blood pressure. The antihypertensive effect of ginkgo along with prescribed medications was posited by the University of Maryland Medical Center.  However, the institution advises the need of monitoring by a healthcare provider.
- Indian Snakeroot aka. Rauwolfia Serpentina
This tropical plant has been used for years as a traditional medicine for ailments related to the heart. It contains high levels of alkaloid reserpine , a powerful compound for normal heart function. Indian snakeroot leaves are useful when high blood pressure is due to anxiety or stress.
This herb has been widely used in traditional remedies as herbal teas and extracts in European and Mediterranean countries. It contains a compound known as oleuropein, which possesses a wide range of pharmacological and health-promoting properties including hypotensive effect .
This spice is rich in quercetin, which is an antioxidant flavonol found to prevent heart disease and stroke. Quercetin supplementation was found to reduce blood pressure in hypertensive people by a 2007 study  by Edwards and colleagues.
Carvacrol is a powerful compound that has been proven to be effective against blood pressure. Oregano is rich in this compound, which was also found to reduce heart rate and systolic and diastolic blood pressures. 
Found in temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and North America, this hardy herb has a high concentration of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and sodium. Its roots and leaves produce a substance called mannitol , which is used as a treatment for hypertension.
Cultivated since ancient times, this diuretic herb is utilized either as a medicine or food. Parsley contains compounds such as flavonoids, carotenoids, and glucosides. You can make a tea  from the herb’s seed as a treatment for high blood pressure.
- Lemon Grass
This plant has no cholesterol and is low in calories, making it a beneficial flavoring for cooking and tea. Lemon grass is also a detoxifier that contains a compound called citral , which removes excess cholesterol, fats, and uric acid.
- Cilantro aka. Coriander
Cilantro is used as a traditional medicine for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. This herb has been reported to exhibit antioxidant properties. Its extracts showed diuretic effects as well, which would complement the treatment and management of hypertension. 
Tea has anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, and anti-hypertensive effects, according to several studies. One study  noted the hypotensive action offered by tea. Another study demonstrated green tea’s  ability to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressures.
The medicinal values of saffron  have been sought for over four millennia. Recent studies support the use of saffron for anti-hypertensive benefits. One was conducted in 2015 that showed the normalizing effect of safranal , the main component of saffron oil, on blood pressure in chronic administration.
- King Of Bitters
This plant—Andrographis paniculata—has been part of Southeast Asian traditional medicine as a treatment for colds. Its extracts were found to contain several compounds that induce dramatic hypotensive effects. 
Also sometimes known as Roselle, this plant is used for hypertension, fever, and other diseases in folk medicine. Its buds, flowers, leaves, and petals have varied applications in cooking, personal care, and health. The antihypertensive effect of hibiscus was confirmed by a 2007 study. 
- Black Cumin
This spice is an important kitchen item in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In addition to being effective against diabetes, black cumin also has an antihypertensive role. Thymoquinone is a bioactive component that contributes to its healing effects. 
Several studies confirmed the efficacy of this plant in causing  a significant decrease in systemic and diastolic blood pressures. Ginseng’s hypotensive effect is linked to an improvement in arterial functions.
- Chinese Sage
This traditional Chinese herb is commonly used for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Its antihypertensive effect is widely supported by recent studies including a 2011 research  published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.
- Chinese Goldthread
Widely used in Chinese folk medicine, this plant contains a compound called berberine which has the ability to lower blood pressure. This hypotensive action was confirmed by Affuso et. al.  in a 2010 study published in the World Journal of Cardiology.
This seasoning from India has been demonstrated to have antioxidant properties. A study that used powdered cardamom  for its participants daily saw significant reductions in their blood pressure readings.
- Cat’s Claw
This herbal medicine is used in traditional Chinese practice to treat hypertension. One study linked the plant’s hypotensive activity to a compound called hirsutine  .
- Black Plum
Researchers found out that oral administration  of the extract of this plant had a hypotensive effect on the blood pressure of rats. The extract reduced both the systolic and diastolic blood pressures.
This last one shows that it’s not just for holiday get-togethers. This aqueous extracts of this plant were studied if it could produce an antihypertensive effect without alteration in heart rate. A 2006 study  highlighted the therapeutic action offered by prolonged administration of the extract on cholesterol level.
In closing, as science is discovering great things every day, especially when it comes to internal medicine and the resurgence of holistic medicine and once-forgotten ancient remedies and procedures, the future appears to be very bright as far as this aspect of fitness is concerned. As I almost often say in my writings, become knowledgeable in all things fitness-related. Be discriminating. Be exacting and be somewhat skeptical as you seek the best for your body. Knowledge is always great, but the execution of knowledge is power. Action is essential. Action is one of the most important and basic of all the basics.
THE BASICS ALWAYS WIN!!
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