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Chamomile, hypertension and stress

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007248

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Background

In reading the following useful research we need to be careful how it is interpreted.  The key is what caused the hypertension.  Chamomile appears to be a stress buster.  It acts against GAD -Glutamate decarboxylase or glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) -  an enzyme that catalyzes the decarboxylation of glutamate to GABA and CO2.  GABA is the main excitory neurotransmitter in our bodies, as such chamomile tea will have a calming relaxing effect.

If we [or the little rats in the experiment] are relaxed there is more chance that blood pressure will go down.

 

 

A description of the experience

 

Clin Exp Hypertens. 2009 Jul;31(5):440-50. Hypotensive effect of Chamaemelum nobile aqueous extract in spontaneously hypertensive rats. Zeggwagh NA1, Moufid A, Michel JB, Eddouks M.UFRPNPE B. P., Errachidia, Morocco.

This study aims to evaluate the hypotensive effect of Chamaemelum nobile aqueous extract (CNAE) in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). Single oral administration of CNAE (140 mg/kg) produced a significant reduction (p < 0.05) in systolic blood pressure (SBP) after 24 h of the administration. Daily oral administration of CNAE (140 mg/kg) during 3 weeks produced a significant reduction in SBP in the day 8 (p < 0.01) of treatment. Furthermore, CNAE produced a significant increase in urinary output and electrolytes excretion (p < 0.01) from the day 8 to the end of treatment. We conclude that CNAE possesses a hypotensive and diuretic effect in SHR.

PMID: 19811353

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PubMed

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