Thursday, 16 January 2020

Herbal Turmeric Inhibits Blood Toxicity and Normalizes High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

By Kyle J. Norton

Hypertension is a condition characterized by abnormally high blood pressure. The condition is also one of the members of the cluster of metabolic syndrome associated with increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of blood vessels (known as arteries). In other words, blood pressure is a measure of how hard your heart works.

The results of blood pressure are measured by the reading systolic and diastolic number.

Where the systolic number is the measure of the pressure when your heart contracts and pushes out the blood, and, the diastolic number is the measure of when your heart relaxes between beats.

High blood pressure means raising the pressure in your heart. If it stays high over time it can damage the body in many ways.

According to the statistics provided by the American Heart Association, approximately 103 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure.

However, according to recent statistics, nearly half of all adults in the United States have the conditions.

Blood pressure medications have undoubtedly prevented many deaths from heart disease in the past 30 years, but they have many side effects such as damaging the kidney.

If you can control your diet, such as making changes to lifestyle, maintaining ideal weight and diet with low salt, you could do just fine without the drugs.

Turmeric is a perennial plant in the genus Curcuma, belongings to the family Zingiberaceae, native to tropical South Asia.

The herb has been used in traditional medicine as anti-oxidant, hypoglycemic, colorant, antiseptic, wound healing agent, and to treat flatulence, bloating, and appetite loss, ulcers, eczema, inflammations, etc.

With an aim to find a potential ingredient for the treatment of high blood pressure, scientists launched an investigation to determine whether curry intake reduces blood levels of heavy metals and hypertension (HTN) using Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2013 data.

In a total of 1,350 study subjects, patients were divided into either curry intake group with the consumption of a curry dish more than once a month over the previous year, or a non-curry intake group (n = 747).

According to the tested analysis, the curry intake group showed significantly lower heavy metal blood concentrations (Pb, Hg, and Cd)

The levels of blood concentrations of heavy metals associated with the induction of hypertension were significantly lower compared to the placebo.

The results of logistic regression analysis confirmed the association between blood heavy metal levels and HTN.

Compared to the non-curry intake group, after adjusting for age, sex, lifetime smoking, and body mass index, the odds ratio of HTN were significant in the non-curry intake group.

In other words, turmeric has a potential effect on reducing high blood pressure caused by heavy metals in the blood.

In order to obtain turmeric antihypertensive activity, researchers examined the effect of oral curcumin supplementation on patients suffering from relapsing or refractory lupus nephritis.

The study involved a total of 24 patients with relapsing or refractory biopsy-proven lupus nephritis randomized into 2 groups (trial [n = 12] and control [n = 12] groups).

Patients in the trial group received 1 capsule for 3 months in each meal, containing 500 mg turmeric, of which 22.1 mg was the active ingredient curcumin (3 capsules daily). The control group received 3 capsules (1 with each meal) for the same period.

Patients in the trial group not only showed a significant decrease in proteinuria and hematuria, but also the decreased in the levels of systolic blood pressure compared to the pre-treatment results in1, 2, and 3 months.

Futhermore, there was no adverse effect in the trial group.

Based on the findings, Dr. Khajehdehi P, the lead scientist wrote, "Short-term turmeric supplementation can decrease proteinuria, hematuria, and systolic blood pressure in patients suffering from relapsing or refractory lupus nephritis and can be used as an adjuvant safe therapy for such patients".

Taken altogether, turmeric processed a high amount of bioactive compound curcumin may be considered supplements for the prevention and treatment of hypertension, pending to the confirmation of the larger sample size and multicenter human study.

Intake of turmeric in the form of supplement should be taken with extreme care to prevent overdose acute liver toxicity.

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Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
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Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Oral supplementation of turmeric decreases proteinuria, hematuria, and systolic blood pressure in patients suffering from relapsing or refractory lupus nephritis: a randomized and placebo-controlled study by Khajehdehi P1, Zanjaninejad B, Aflaki E, Nazarinia M, Azad F, Malekmakan L, Dehghanzadeh GR. (PubMed)
(2) Reduction in Prevalence of Hypertension and Blood Heavy Metals among Curry-Consumed Korean by Choi JW1, Oh C2, Shim SY1,3, Jeong S4, Kim HS5, Kim MS. (PubMed)

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