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What Vitamins Raise Blood Pressure And What Ones Lower Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the term used to describe the force of blood that exerts against our bodies’ artery walls. Blood pressure is affected by several factors. Factors such as weight, age, family history, tobacco use, alcohol intake, activity level, stress, just to name a few. The American Heart Association recommends that the ideal blood pressure is 120/80mmHg. The term hypertension refers to increased blood pressure. When ones’ blood pressure remains constantly high for a sustained period of time, it is termed as hypertension. Now, we will discuss the vitamins that could lower or raise our blood pressure.
There are certain vitamins that can actually raise our blood pressure. Vitamin K can contribute to raise one’s blood pressure. Vitamin K does not directly increase blood pressure though. It affects blood cell clotting which also affects the regulation of blood pressure. Studies also suggest that low intake of Vitamin D can contribute to high blood pressure. Vitamin D plays a part in the renin-angiotensin mechanism which affects the increase or decrease of blood pressure. Vitamin D controls the production of renin. Renin helps inhibit the enzymes that cause the arteries to constrict and increase water and sodium retention, leading to an increase in blood pressure. So the so-called “sunshine vitamin” in correct amounts is good for us in controlling blood pressure.
There are also vitamins that lower blood pressure. Vitamin C is one such vitamin. Vitamin C plays a role in the maintenance of connective tissues and cells. It aids in lowering the blood pressure by preventing the generation of free radicals (free radicals damage artery walls) and prevents the deposition of plaque in the artery walls which are damaged. It can be found in fresh fruits such as oranges, papaya, guavas, just to name a few. Vitamin A also fights against high blood pressure. It is a fat soluble vitamin which primarily works in the fat tissues. Vitamin A aids in the prevention of Low Density Lipoprotein (also known as the “bad cholesterol”) build up in the body. LDL causes the buildup plaque in the arteries.
Vitamin E also helps in lowering your blood pressure by acting as an anti-oxidant in body. Vitamin E protects the arteries from the harmful effects of LDL cholesterol. It also reduces the risks of cardiovascular disease. It does this by gradually breaking up clots in the circulatory system and aids in the prevention of formation of further blood clots. Green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, are just some example of food where vitamin E can be found. Studies also suggest that Vitamin B6 can decrease blood pressure. Vitamin B6 aids in energy production by extracting them from our daily intake of carbohydrates, protein and fats. It aids in lowering blood pressure since it has properties which are similar to some diuretics. It can be found in bananas, chicken, salmon, corn.
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