If you are looking for a natural way to lower your high blood pressure, then using the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba might be worth considering. Ginkgo biloba supplements are derived from the leaves of a plant bearing the same name. They are widely available in local supermarkets, drug stores and online pharmacies.
Ginkgo biloba contains many active ingredients linked to lowering blood pressure. The effective ingredients of the ginkgo biloba herb are chemical flavonoids and terpenoids, otherwise known as antioxidants.
Ginkgo biloba extract lower the blood pressure by at least three ways.
The first way :
The first way is that quercetin, which is one important component of ginko biloba extract, could increase the calcium ion level in the blood vessel inner epidermal cells and promote nitric oxide synthesis and release. This could relax the blood vessel thereby lowering blood pressure.
The second way:
The second way that ginkgo biloba helps to reduce hypertension is by limiting artherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
This cardiac condition causes the arterial walls to harden, due to a build-up of plaque within the arteries, which carry oxygenated blood throughout the body. As a result, blood pressure rises as the heart has to work harder to push blood through these hardened arteries.
Hardening of the arteries occurs as a direct result of blood platelets becoming lodged on the vessel walls. Ginkgo biloba contains active ingredients that can limit this plaque build-up by reducing the sticky nature of blood platelets in the bloodstream.
This helpful quality of the herb can also help limit the onset of stroke or internal blood clots associated with the cardiac condition, which can also raise blood pressure.
The third way:
In the thri way that ginko biloba lowers blood pressure is by an antioxidant called terpenoid bilobalide, which has the ability to protect mitochondria, the structures in a cell that produce energy.
In terms of our cardiac system, these ingredients help rid the blood of harmful free radicals linked to different heart problems, including hypertension.
Not all types of hypertension respond to ginko biloba
cervicogenic hypertension is not result from vessel wall thickening. So the ginkgo biloba is not very useful for the recovery of cervicogenic hypertension.
The proper dosage of ginkgo biloba for the treatment of minor health conditions varies according to the ailment. For example, if you are using the herbal supplement for most conditions, including cardiac health and lowering blood pressure, a dosage ranging between 120 and 240 mg per day is likely to be appropriate. However, you should follow the dosage instructions that are supplied with the supplement. If in doubt, consult your doctor.
Ginkgo biloba is typically used in higher dosages for the treatment of other non-cardiac disorders, such as dementia, depression and other mental health ailments. Treatment of mental health ailments should be under strict medical supervision.
Ginkgo biloba is considered safe for daily use. However, it may cause side effects. Excessive bleeding in some patients was reported in a study published in “Neurology Magazine” in 1998 by Matthews et al.
Ginkgo biloba can increase the amount of insulin secreted by the pancreas, which can be dangerous for diabetics or other patients with blood sugar conditions, which is why it is not recommended for such patients.
Ginko biloba is not recommended for pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Ginko Biloba, in a therapeutic amount, is a constituent of High-Rite natural blood pressure supplement by Native Remedies. There is a review of High-Rite here.