Soursop Leaves and Hypertension
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure (HBP), is a long term medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. High blood pressure usually does not cause symptoms. Long term high blood pressure, however, is a major risk factor for coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, vision loss, and chronic kidney disease.
By now you may know that nutrients from the leaves, fruit, bark and other parts of Soursop are said to have strong anti-tumor / anti-cancer effects, and scientifically proven to cure various types of cancers, even though it has not been validated yet. But, this is subject for another post. In addition, the fruits and leaves are also said to function as an anti-bacterial, anti fungal, effective against many types of parasites and worms, blood pressure, depression, stress, and normalize the nervous system.
The high concentration of potassium present in Soursop, together with the antioxidant power of acetogenin are the main responsibles for the benefits of Soursop for people with hypertension. These elements cooperate in the regulation of blood circulation, in dilating the blood vessels and fighting clogged arteries, contributing to a better flow of the blood and oxygen between the heart and other body organs. Consequently, this generates positive effects in blood pressure control.
Female, 48 years Negeri Sembilan, MALAYSIA
I have high blood pressure and was taking medication in the last 7 years. Since taking the medication, I experienced some side effects such as urination problem and pain in the body, especially in the back and fingers.
About a month ago, I went to the hospital for regular checkups as directed. My blood pressure reading was not satisfactory – 150/100. So the doctor changed my medication.
The new medication have made the side effects that I have been experiencing become worse. I feel like not willing to go on like this anymore.
On a day, I heard my friends chatting about the benefits of soursop. I asked them how to treat high blood pressure. They suggested I drink soursop leaves tea.
As side effects from the new medication is quite severe, I decided to not take the medication anymore. I only drink soursop tea every day.
After 3 days, the side effects that I experienced were almost gone. I feel more energetic and cheerful.
After about 3 weeks drinking the soursop tea, I went to the hospital for regular checkups as directed. My blood pressure reading was satisfactory – 130/80. So the doctor again changed my medication, but I did not tell the doctor that I no longer take the medication. I just accept the medication.
We always recommend that you consult a doctor first, and if you have low blood pressure you should not take Soursop.
Do you suffer from hypertension? Have you tried Soursop tea lately? Any effects?
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