Many people all over the world have various cardiovascular diseases. Stress is a normal part of our all daily life. But when not managed properly, stress may also cause these health problems. We will discuss today about stress-induced high blood pressure, cholesterol or problems with homocysteine and possible natural treatment without any side effects.
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What kind of cardiovascular health problems can stress cause?
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Increases Homocystein serum levels
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Increased heart rate
- Heart hurry
Stress-Induced Cardiovascular Health Problems & Power from Kingdom of Nature
Reishi, also known as Ling Zhi is the oldest mushroom which is used as medicine. All natural substances such as polysaccharides i.a. arabinogalactan, triterpeniods and amino acids have positive effects on our healthy. Reishi is known as immune modulator (it regulates and fine tunes the immune system). The ingredient Arabinogalactan is a good modulator in chronic stress situations. Reishi is a natural ACE-Inhibitor without any side effects and can reduce high blood pressure. Reishi also lower high cholesterol and inhibit platelet aggregation (the clumping together of blood cells). This is number one risk for some circulation problems.
The mushroom Cordyceps also reduces total cholesterol by 17.5%.
The ingredients in the pomegranate fruit and seeds inhibit serum Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) activity and reduce systolic blood pressure. In a clinical study of ten human subjects, pomegranate juice polyphenols lowered the activity of ACE by 36%. Such as f.e. scientists in Israel have shown that drinking daily a glass of the juice can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Pomegranate also has positive effects on coronary artery disease, prevents arteriosclerosis and has protective effects on LDL oxidation. Pomegranate juice or extract is a great dietary support in long term stress, especially heart stress.
Stress-Induced Magnesium Deficit may cause Cardiovascular Diseases
Stress generally can make a magnesium deficit. Click here and learn more about magnesium & stress. In 90 to 95 % of all cases high blood pressure (also known as HBP or hypertension) the cause is unclear.
This mineral magnesium is a key factor in relaxing blood vessels and lowering blood pressure. Magnesium also has function in lowering bad-cholesterol (LDL) and increasing good-cholesterol (HDL).
Other causes of magnesium deficit are:
- Generally problems of cardiac function
- Circulatory disorder
- High blood pressure
Heavy Metals and High Blood Pressure
High levels on toxins in the body cause oxidative stress. This kind of stress reduces the levels of antioxidative substances. These are very important for neutralizing toxins f.e. heavy metals. Heavy metals such as lead, mercury or cadmium can cause elevated blood pressure.
What contains these heavy metals?
Heavy metals are contained in so many products of our daily life. Here is a little list of them.
Lead: cigarette smoke, cosmetics, battery manufacturing, household dust, pesticides.
Mercury: cosmetics, soft contact lens solution, some industry manufactured sea foods f.e. tuna.
Cadmium: pesticides, some sea foods, instant coffee, cigarette smoke, environmental pollutants, airborne industrial contaminants, batteries.
Too Much Selenium can Increase Cholesterol Levels
The body produces more free radicals under stress. Antioxidants are generally helpful because they neutralize too much free radicals (caused due to oxidative stress). I recommend f.e. antioxidants such as l-glutathione reduced, green tea extract, Acai concentrate, pomegranate, goji berry or the amino acid NAC. Selenium has also important antioxidant properties. But taking too much of the essential trace mineral selenium can increase the cholesterol by almost 10 %, according to a new study at the University of Warwick Medical School, let by Dr. Saverio Stranges and team.
High Adrenaline Secretion can Increase Cholesterol Levels
The number one for high cholesterol is our nutrition and also taking some medical drugs and its possible side effects. But chronic (emotional) stress with a high epinephrine/adrenaline level (adrenergic over activity) can make high cholesterol levels too.
The dietary supplement Policosanol is my absolute base treatment for high cholesterol (10 to 20 mg/day) to therapy and also to prevent. Policosanol is an ideal alternate to cholesterol medical drugs (statins).
Carbohydrate can reduce a high epinephrine/adrenaline secretion. In this case I recommend dietary supplements such as bee pollen, the Glyconutrient arabinogalactan or Acai concentrate. The dietary supplement DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) also may helpful to adrenergic over activity. For more information to DHA click here.
This is right that a high epinephrine/adrenaline secretion causes cholesterol-increases, as well as high level of stress hormone cortisol. I recommend to reducing of high Cortisol level some dietary supplements.
Which daily foods can we eat to reduce cardiovascular risks?
- Garlic is a great culinary herb that may helpful for mild high pressure. It may help to reduce cholesterol & triglycerides levels.
- Dried mushroom Mu err (Auricularia) reduces high blood pressure and is helpful for blood clotting. Auricularia may help to reduce risk of stroke and heart attack.
- Onion, leek may help reducing blood pressure and (LDL) Bad-cholesterol-lowering. It increases Good (HDL) cholesterol. Onion also is helpful in stress, especially short term stress.
- Rice may normalize blood pressure.
- Fiber-rich foods (f.e. dried fruits, fresh vegetable, whole grains) have a good effect on healthy cholesterol.
- Nuts & seeds (f.e. walnuts) good for healthy cholesterol.
- Fatty-rich fish is generally helpful for a healthy cardiovascular system.
- Olive fruits contain powerful antioxidants, which is good for a healthy heart function and is good in short term stress situations.
- Olive oil with the monounsaturated fatty acids helps to control of cholesterol. It reduces also the blood pressure.
- Rosemary is a culinary herb and is helpful to prevent high blood pressure. This culinary herb with active substances i.a. carnosic acid, rosmarinic acid and ursolic acid is known as natural antioxidant.
- Goji berries can normalize blood pressure. Support also healthy cholesterol & homocysteine levels.
- Himalayan pink salt may normalize blood pressure. I prefer to cook with himalayan salt.
- Daikon radish (type Raphanus sativus) is good for cholesterol-lowering. Radish also is a good liver-support I recommend it in cases of heavy metals intoxication and f.e. blood pressure problems.
- Banana (fresh or dried) is rich in the mineral potassium, that is generally good to blood pressure normalize. It is also a cholesterol-lowering food.
- Pineapple is rich of the natural enzyme bromelain, which is good for high blood pressure. This enzyme also is helpful for generally heart disease and blood clotting.
Natural treatment – contraindications or interactions – is it possible?
In case of treatment with pharmacy drugs f.e. for blood pressure etc. (or you have a chronic disease) consult your doctor. Anyway if you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications, consult as well your doctor before using it. Discontinue use and consult your doctor if any adverse reactions occur.
Do you take Aspirin drug (100 mg or more) to reduce platelet aggregation? Policosanol (20 mg/day) also has this effect. The mushroom Mu err (Auricularia) also has these effects on the blood concentration.
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- Melvyn R. Werbach, M.D., Nutritional Influences On Illness – A sourcebook of clinical research, Third Line Press.
- Jay S. Cohen, M.D., The Magnesium Solution for High Blood Pressure.