Very common cardiovascular condition that affects people of all ages is high blood pressure or hypertension.
Great number, actually more than 40% of adults – over 25 years of age are victims of these conditions. Mayo Clinic finds this condition occurs when blood passes through the arterial walls with bigger force by causing some health issues, such as heart disease. This means, more blood the heart pumps and narrows the arteries, higher the blood pressure is.
Hypertension, if is left untreated then it precedes serious life-threatening conditions, such as heart attacks and strokes, which means early detection and proper treatment are always essential for overall health.
Several factors contribute to high blood pressure: most common are high LDL cholesterol, stress and poor diet, physical inactivity.
BLOOD PRESSURE-REGULATING FOODS
The raw garlic, in relation to heart health, have medicinal properties that has been known for long time and of course used as natural medicine. Highly beneficial for treatment of high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, heart attack, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease and also reduced blood flow due to narrowed arteries.
Garlic has strong medicinal properties due to allicin, its active ingredient, with much same effects as most hypertension medications. Garlic extremely helps in reducing LDL cholesterol, also relaxing blood vessels, preventing the formation of angiotensin II.
Cucumber provides numerous health benefits because it is rich in water, potassium, magnesium and fiber. Potassium is most beneficial mineral for heart health because it regulates the sodium content in the cells. High sodium level is linked to atherosclerosis. On the other hand, its fiber reduces cholesterol, promotes weight loss, prevents type 2 diabetes and also keeps good blood pressure.
CUCUMBER GARLIC SALAD
Both, garlic and cucumber have amazing health benefits, even healthier when combined together. We recommend a cucumber-garlic salad recipe which will improve cardiovascular health if you consume it on regular basis.
- 1 cucumber; 3 garlic cloves; ½ -1 tablespoon AppleCVinegar
- A few spoonfuls of water
- Slice the cucumber nicely,then peel and crush garlic. Put ingredients into a large glass bowl and add the vinegar and water and serve with mint leaves for taste
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