Low­er­ing your blood pres­sure

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Body, Mind & Soul -

HIGH blood pres­sure (HBP or hy­per­ten­sion) af­fects more than 32% of Malaysians aged 18 and above, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Health and Mor­bid­ity Sur­vey 2011. HBP used to be as­so­ci­ated with the older gen­er­a­tion but this is not nec­es­sar­ily so anymore.

Ac­cord­ing to the Malaysian So­ci­ety of Hy­per­ten­sion, younger peo­ple are get­ting af­fected by HBP be­cause of poor eat­ing habits and un­healthy life­styles. HBP oc­curs when the force of the blood flow­ing through the ves­sels is con­sis­tently too high.

Known as the “silent killer”, it of­ten has no ob­vi­ous signs or symp­toms and de­vel­ops slowly over time. When left un­con­trolled or un­de­tected, HBP can lead to var­i­ous health prob­lems such as heart at­tack, heart fail­ure, stroke, vi­sion loss and kid­ney dis­ease.

Ev­i­dence has shown that a de­fi­ciency of ni­tric ox­ide can be the rea­son for the HBP. It is a sol­u­ble, highly re­ac­tive gas pro­duced from the raw ma­te­ri­als such as amino acids L-cit­rulline and L-argi­nine.

How­ever, re­search sug­gests that the abil­ity to pro­duce enough ni­tric ox­ide in the blood ves­sel lin­ings de­creases with age. Sci­en­tific stud­ies have proven L-cit­rulline and L-argi­nine sup­ple­men­ta­tion in­creases blood lev­els of ni­tric ox­ide more ef­fec­tively, re­sult­ing in va­sodi­la­tion. It widens blood ves­sels and in­creases blood flow and circulation, re­duc­ing HBP.

Ni­tric ox­ide also helps the blood ves­sels main­tain its flex­i­bil­ity so that the blood can flow freely through­out the body, pre­vent­ing clots and plaque buildup on the in­ner walls of the ves­sels. This pro­motes smooth blood flow and hence, bet­ter func­tion­ing of the body’s phys­i­o­log­i­cal pro­cesses.

Both L-cit­rulline and L-argi­nine may also help with chest pain be­cause ni­tric ox­ide pre­vents blood clots (throm­bo­sis), which cuts off blood sup­ply.

They are also said to im­prove phys­i­cal per­for­mance, boost en­ergy level and sup­port muscle development, im­mune func­tion and brain power.

Over­all, in­creas­ing L-cit­rulline and L-argi­nine has been shown to of­fer sig­nif­i­cant health ben­e­fits as they help main­tain nor­mal blood pres­sure level and car­dio­vas­cu­lar health.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by Herbs of Gold.

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