Blood pressure has many causes, like family history, increased salt consumption or others. One in every three people in the US has hypertension, which is a life threatening condition. Studies have shown that bay leaves cannot be discounted as just a flavoring agent. They have a rare distinction of having the ability to lessen and keep a control on elevated blood pressure.
Bay leaves in any form -- whole, ground or oiled -- are found to effectively control blood pressure. This can be taken in isolation just as a food additive or with regular allopathic medication already prescribed.
Ground bay leaves when used as a substitute for common salt in food keeps the main cause of hypertension at bay. This can be used along with an herb or spice like nutmeg, pepper, basil, curry powder, garlic, ginger, oregano and rosemary for better control of blood pressure. While used as a replacement for salt, consumption of diuretics (after purchase from over the counter) will help for flushing the sodium out of the body.
Bay leaves, either whole or ground, can be made an additive in all variation of food preparations after trying and testing with various recipes. Help can be sought from spice and herb cookbooks. This is found to suit lean meats and vegetable dishes as well. If you start keeping ground bay leaves in the place of salt in your kitchen cabinet, it will definitely have a positive impact on your blood pressure.
Apart from helping keep blood pressure low, bay leaves also work as soothing agent that promote better sleep too.
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