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41 PRACTICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HYPERTENSION AND HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA - 2008

BLOOD PRESURE REDUCTION WITHOUT MEDICATIONS-LIFESTYLE CHANGES PREVIOUS QUESTION  QUESTIONS  NEXT QUESTION
  • Oranges do not increase blood pressure. On the contrary they are rich in potassium which is useful in hypertensive subjects, especially those under treatment with diuretics.
  • Coffee consumption may induce a slight and temporary increase of blood pressure for 1-3 hours. However, daily coffee consumers develop a "resistance" to this effect and as a consequence their blood pressure is not affected. In this respect, and if there is no other medical reason beyond high blood pressure (e.g. tachycardia), hypertensive subjects may consume a reasonable daily amount of coffee.
  • Garlic contains a substance (allicin) with vasodilating properties, which may therefore lower blood pressure. However, the potentially beneficial or hazardous effects from the long term use of this substance are not known.

WRITING GROUP
G. Stergiou, Chairman
A. Achimastos
E. Andreadis
I. Avramopoulos
M. Elissaf
N. Karatzas
T. Mountokalakis
D. Papadogiannis
K. Siamopoulos
E. Varsamis
K. Vemmos
D. Vlahakos