Blood pressure (BP) is the pressure exerted by circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels, and constitutes one of the principal vital signs. Blood pressure tends to rise with age. Following a healthy lifestyle helps some people delay or prevent this rise in blood pressure.
The important nutrients needed by a person suffering from high blood pressure are Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, and Vitamin E. Moringa contains all of these.
Moringa also contains a high amount of Vitamin C which helps support the body’s production of nitric oxide, which is critical to normal functioning of blood vessels. The better your blood vessels work, the lower your risk of hypertension.
Calcium is needed for smooth muscle relaxation and contraction; increased consumption can have a direct effect on blood vessels. Moringa leaves contain high amounts of calcium, about 500 mg per 100g of leaves, while the leaf powder can have about five times more calcium per 100g. The daily recommended dose for an adult is about 1,000 mg. Remember, calcium that is consumed calcium should equal the amount of calcium excreted.
This high potassium in Moringa tends to lower the sodium content. Potassium is thought to act by increasing sodium excretion in the urine, which helps blood vessels dilate, and changing the interactions of hormones that affect blood pressure.
High blood pressure increases your chance for getting:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Congestive Heart Failure