As hypertensive patients seek natural relief for their ailment, the popularity of pineapple juice as a dietary supplement has increased.
Over the years, hypertension or high blood pressure, has become one of the riskiest diseases in the world. As one science periodical said, “hypertension has become uncontrolled and taking over the world.” (The Lancet, Cardiology Special Edition, July 2007). In 2000, the estimated number of adults suffering from hypertension is 972 million, and studies show that this is expected to increase to 1.56 billion by 2025. Persistent hypertension can become a cause for stroke, myocardial infarction, heart failure and arterial aneurism, chronic kidney failure, and death.
Although most patients take their prescribed medicine daily, one problem that they face is that the medicines do not offer immediate relief from its symptoms which are headaches, drowsiness, confusion, vision disorders, nausea and vomiting. While it is true that the prescribed medicines lower down high blood pressure, it takes a good many hours before the patients feel relief from the symptoms. As a result, most have taken natural remedies such as pineapple juice.
Many people can attest that pineapple juice is indeed a quick relief to hypertension. Light symptoms of hypertension such as headaches and drowsiness often disappear after drinking a glass of fresh pineapple sap. The idea and practice has become quite popular that big pineapple juice brands have actually taken this to heart, and have included this nutritional benefit in their advertising campaigns.
Pineapple is said to contain high levels of potassium which helps bring down high blood pressure, and lowers bad cholesterol. It contains powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals that stirs our body free from toxin and waste substances. Many people prefer it than other natural remedies as garlic, fish oil and lemon grass tea, as it tastes better and is more refreshing. Other than its very affordable price, It is also more easily obtainable, as it can be found and bought from the nearest convenience store without much difficulty.
One thing that has to be cleared though, is that pineapple juice can only offer relief and is not a cure for hypertension. Hypertensive people should still religiously take their antihypertensive medicines daily, and should regard the beverage only as an important dietary supplement that should be within reach when needed.
Sources: Nelson, Mark. Australian Prescriber. Retrieved Aug 11, 2010. ; Oppenheimer and Fishberg, Archives of Internal Medicine. 1928 ; The Science Daily, August 2007 ; Cure and Treatment, Retrieved Jan 1, 2011