High blood pressure (or hypertension) is a condition characterised by raised blood pressure levels. It is a fairly common condition that occurs when force if blood against artery walls is too high. No matter how common the condition is, high blood pressure is always a cause of concern. Lack of appropriate measures could also lead to stroke and fatal casualties. Typically, the normal blood pressure range is 120/80 mmHg, hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, if your blood pressure is consistently above this range, you should consult an expert soon.
According to experts, a healthy diet could also go a long way in keeping blood pressure stable. While High BP patients are advised not to eat a lot of spicy food as it may obstruct smooth blood flow, but there are some spices that could actually do wonders for your BP levels. It goes without saying, that practising moderation is key here.
Black pepper or kali mirch is one such spice that is not only a desi kitchen staple but also a superfood. According to a study, published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, piperine is a compound found in black pepper that can help in controlling high blood pressure. Black pepper is also a decent source of potassium that helps negate ill-effects of sodium. You can sprinkle it over your salads, soups and meals, it will instantly perk up your fare in no time.
You can also use black pepper to make a soothing tea. Here's a recipe that is always a delight.
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Half inch ginger, grated
- 1 tsp tea leaves (of your choice)
- 1 cup milk
1. Take a vessel, add ginger and a large cup of water, bring it to boil.
2. Add the tea leaves once water is boiled followed by milk. Let it steep for two minutes.
3. Add black pepper. You can add sugar for taste.
4. Put off the heat, serve the tea hot.
In addition to BP, this tea could also do wonders for your immunity and may help cut down on inflammation. You can also add other spices of your choice to the tea like cinnamon and cardamom. Try this recipe and let us know how you like it in the comments below.
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