Cordyceps, a rare mushroom found only in parts of Eastern Asia, is a growing name in the medical community as its legendary benefits are being confirmed by research. Although awareness surrounding high blood pressure (HBP) and its health risks are growing, it remains the second most frequent cause for doctor visits in the US. Moreover, as problems with weight and obesity increase, it is becoming an escalating health threat among children and children as well. In fact, HBP is thought to affect approximately two million American children and teens. Today, The American Heart Association estimates that around 73 million people suffer from HBP.
High blood pressure is classified as:
• Normal blood pressure: less than 120/80 mmHg
• Prehypertension: 120-139 / 80-89 mmHg
• Hypertension: greater than 140/90 mmHg
• Stage 1 Hypertension: 140-159 / 90-99 mmHg
• Stage 2 Hypertension: 160 or greater / 100 or greater mmHg
If blood pressure (BP) becomes too high, it means the heart is working too hard to get oxygen to your body. Along with the growing frequency of HBP, its victims are at an increased risk for other serious health issues.
It is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it is essentially symptom free until it becomes severe, in which case it has allegedly caused damage to the body already. Although HBP is a disorder and not an actual disease, it increases the risk for diseases like kidney failure, coronary heart disease, stroke and heart failure. In some cases, it can lead to eye damage and even gradual vision loss.
While doctors continue to look for a cure for HBP, many are now discovering that Cordyceps benefits may be the answer. A number of studies conducted with Cordyceps extracts show that is relaxes blood vessels, increases blood flow to the heart and regulates blood pressure. Regular use reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, blood clots and stroke. Ultimately, the herb helps blood flow more freely so that the heart does not have to work as hard, which means that more blood is getting to the body.
The exact cause for HBP in each individual is nearly impossible to identify. There is a range of potential causes for high blood pressure. Among them are stress, obesity, age, heredity, gender, lack of exercise and sensitivity to sodium and certain medicines. Furthermore, some of these factors in this list, like diet and exercise, can be changed. However, o factors like age, gender or genetic predisposition can not be controlled.
Therefore, using Cordyceps if you believe you are at risk due for any reason can also be preventative. Although, Cordyceps can only be found in Western China, Cordyceps is rare and difficult to obtain, which also makes Cordyceps plants very expensive. The good news is that new technology is helping to perfect laboratory production of Cordyceps, making this extra herb more accessible to the average consumer.
However, a critical step in preventing and treating HBP is a healthy lifestyle.
The following lifestyle changes are necessary to maintain a healthy blood pressure level:
• Losing weight if you are overweight or obese.
• Quitting smoking.
• Eating a healthy diet, including the DASH diet (eating more fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy products, less saturated and total fat).
• Reducing the amount of sodium in your diet to less than 1,500 milligrams a day.
• Getting regular aerobic exercise (such as brisk walking at least 30 minutes a day, several days a week).
• Limiting alcohol to two drinks a day for men, one drink a day for women.
In addition to lowering blood pressure, these measures enhance the effectiveness of HBP drugs.
After the blood pressure goal is reached, you should continue to see your doctor every three to six months, depending on whether other diseases such as heart failure are present.