High blood pressure or hypertension, is known to be a silent killer since many individuals don’t know they have it or rarely experience noticeable symptoms of it. This condition typically develops over the course of several years and can cause damages to our blood vessels and organs, especially the brain, heart, eyes, and kidneys.
When it comes to severe hypertension, a patient may experience the following:
- shortness of breath
- visual changes
- blood in the urine
- chest pain
One proven way to lower high blood pressure is by drinking coconut water regularly.
Coconut water is the clear liquid found inside an immature, green coconut. It contains 94% water and very little fat. This beverage with a refreshing taste has been commonly used as a solution for managing blood pressure and treating dehydration related to diarrhea or exercise.
Coconut water can possibly work great when it comes to controlling blood pressure. According to experts, 8 ounces (240 ml) of coconut water contain an impressive 600 mg of potassium which has been shown to lower blood pressure in individuals with high or normal blood pressure levels.
In a study published in “The West Indian Medical Journal,” researchers have found that coconut water has a significant effect on blood pressure. This small study is participated with individuals with high blood pressure of different age groups. After two weeks of coconut water consumption, results showed that participants have experienced a decrease of 71% in systolic pressure (the higher number of a blood pressure reading) and 29% in diastolic pressure. Meanwhile, another group in the study who received a mixture of coconut water and mauby (a popular fermented drink in the Caribbean made from tree-barks) experienced a 43% reduction in systolic pressure and 57%for diastolic pressure.
How To Consume Coconut Water
- For high blood pressure: 300 mL twice daily.
- For exercise-induced dehydration: variable depending on estimated loss of fluid.
Some Tips To Lower Our Risk Of High Blood Pressure
- Lessen sodium intake
- Skip the margarine
- Enjoy a glass of wine
- Cut back the sugar
- Exercise, even if it’s just a walk