High blood pressure is a serious risk factor for many degenerative diseases including heart disease, brain diseases, Kidney diseases, damage to the eyes, and eventually leading to sexual malfunctions, according to Doctors at Mayo clinic.
High blood pressure can cause serious health complications that may need emergency care and could even lead to death, heart failure been a typical example.
Now in addressing this situation with high blood pressure, this article seeks to find out whether coconut oil will have any positive effects on patients suffering from high blood pressure.
In an earlier article I wrote in which I listed out some health benefits of coconut oil, high blood pressure was one of the prominent health benefits associated with consuming coconut oil rich diets.
But before proceeding on how coconut oil can help high blood pressure patients, let’s take a look at the damage caused by high blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure Epidemic.
The numbers of people suffering from high blood pressure are simply alarming especially in the developed economies.
In the USA alone, it is reported that over 70 million American constituting 29% of the total population live with high blood pressure. The story is not any better with the Canadian as it is reported that about 21% of the total population is suffering from this epidemic.
Survey by the National Institute of Health (NIH) estimated that nearly two-thirds of people 65 years and above in the USA are diagnosed with High blood pressure
This explains why the rate of heart disease has increased in recent years as high blood pressure is known to be a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
In Canada, according to Canada Health publication, High blood pressure affects more than one in every five persons, this is stunning, to say the least.
In 2007, more than 21.1million visits to community health facility in Canada were for High blood pressure, making high blood pressure the top spot for all the hospital visit in Canada under the period in review.
Causes Of High Blood Pressure.
High blood pressure is also called hypertension and is the leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke globally. High blood pressure is the force or pressure of blood against the walls of blood vessels when in circulation. It normally occurs in the brachial artery of the arm.
Blood pressure could be either systolic or diastolic and usually change during the day but when it constantly stay high up there more than normal for a longer time, usually higher than 140/90 mmHg it is then termed Hypertension.
Although lots of other factors could possibly cause High Blood Pressure(Hypertension), a Canadian based research attributed 30% of hypertension to excess dietary sodium. An increase in consumption of sodium leads to an upward surge of blood pressure, and high blood pressure can cause health challenges like heart failure, kidney disease, and stroke among many others.
Other random causes of high blood pressure or hypertension are:
- Smoking-It leads to narrowing of the blood vessels, decrease in the amount of blood oxygen content and generally makes the heart to work harder to balance up.
- Obesity– Studies showed that obese or overweight people have a higher chance of developing high blood pressure than people with moderate or normal body weight. High blood pressure itself in some cases can lead to weight gain.
- Family History Of HBP– Genetics connection and family history of high blood pressure play a prominent role in developing high blood pressure. people from a hypertensive background most likely would develop high blood pressure in the future.
- Age-Older adult has a higher chance of developing High blood pressure than younger people.
- Diabetes-Diabetic people are more likely to develop high blood pressure at some point in time than normal people. High blood sugar content in the blood distort the easy flow of blood and oxygen and that can lead to an incident of high blood pressure.
There are many other possible causes of high blood pressure not mentioned here, and all have some grave consequences if left untreated for a long time.
This article aims to find out whether coconut oil has any positive impact on high blood pressure patients or not, so let’s go over to find out.
Coconut Oil And High Blood Pressure.
So, do coconut oil or copra oil have any positive effect on high blood pressure? Will consuming diet rich in coconut oil reduce the effects of high blood pressure on the sufferer?
Well, studies reviewed that coconut oil, just like omega 3 fish oil is made up of saturated fat and is rich in Medium Chain Fatty acids(MCFA), it showed to be over and above better in lowering blood pressure than vegetable oil.
According to a study published in the West Indian Medical Journal, drinking coconut oil can significantly reduce or lower the systolic blood pressure by at least 71%, and diastolic pressure by as much as 25-29%.
Although heated coconut oil and indeed lots of other oil has been found to increase the level of blood pressure, virgin coconut oil, however, has been found to effectively lower the level of cholesterol, which is a risk factor to high blood pressure.
One thing many argue about the potential benefits of coconut oil to high blood pressure is that most claims are not back by scientific evidence and thus not valid.
That might be true but then, there are actually few things we do in life that have any scientific backing like the most food we eat do not have any scientific pieces of evidence of their safety but we gladly eat them.
So with all said and done, does coconut oil have any impact (Positive) on high blood pressure and should those affected by it consume coconut oil rich diet to alleviate the symptoms of high blood pressure?
From all the information available, Virgin coconut oil, even though its 90% saturated fat is known to contain antioxidant and that is helpful in cardiovascular health. A sound cardiovascular health means your blood pressure will most likely stay stable.
The anti-inflammatory properties of virgin coconut oil are also good for lowering blood lipid. Again coconut oil assists the body to boost high-density lipoprotein (HDL); the good Cholesterol and in fighting against cardiovascular disease.
Although all of the claims listed above have not been validated by reputable scientific bodies, the preliminary result of some researches done by some research agencies showed Virgin coconut oil can help lower blood pressure.