Herbs to Reduce Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Answered by: Richters Staff
Question from: Alexander Schwarz
Posted: Before April 1998

I was wondering which herb would you recommend to lower blood preassure.

What helps to reduce cholesterol?

Because we are not qualified to practice medicine, we cannot prescribe herbs for medical conditions. We suggest that you consult a professional health care provider for advice. The following information is provided for research and study purposes only.

Daniel Mowrey, in his book "Proven Herbal Blends," recommends garlic and valerian to control high blood pressure. He says that garlic causes a rapid and prolonged reduction in blood pressure in animal and human trials. Garlic also helps to lower serum triglycerides, lipoproteins, phospholipids and plasma fibrinogen levels which may be important in the control of atherosclerosis. Valerian is a good general sedative with hypotensive properties. It seems to suppress and regulate the autonomic nervous system, and provide general relief from tension as well.

To regulate cholesterol, Mowrey recommends pectin. Studies have shown that pectin in the diet can reduce blood cholesterol levels. Apples are a good source of pectin. He also says that hawthorn and cayenne will slowly eat away at cholesterol. Hawthorn has long been regarded as an effective tonic for the heart.

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