What Is Blood Pressure and Why Is It Known as The Silent Killer?
The Hypertension Treatment Manual and World Health Organization both define high blood pressure as having systolic blood pressure (SBP) 140 millimeters of mercury or greater, and/or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) 90 millimeters of mercury or greater. There are two types of hypertension: essential, or primary, hypertension, and secondary hypertension. Essential hypertension, the more common form, refers to high blood pressure where secondary causes are not present. Secondary hypertension is hypertension caused by conditions or known causes, such as alcohol or drug abuse, pregnancy, renal disorders, or taking certain medications. It is far less common than essential hypertension.
Hypertension is often called “the silent killer” because it usually does not produce symptoms until it has done significant physical harm. It is also considered to be the leading global risk factor for deaths and disability-adjusted life years, and is the third leading risk factor for the global burden of disease. In addition, WHO reports that high blood pressure is responsible for increased risk for stroke (cerebrovascular), ischaemic heart disease, and renal failure. In 2001, hypertension was responsible for approximately 7.6 million deaths worldwide, and for 92 million all DALYs in the world.
Does Cordyceps Lower Blood Pressure?
Cordyceps is thought to possess powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which can both prevent or treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Many of these benefits are attributed to a compound known as cordycepin, which is similar in molecular makeup to adenosine. Like adenosine, cordycepin appears capable of relaxing blood vessels, improving circulation, and lowering blood pressure. The same benefits can potentially extend into the respiratory tract, according to a 2017 study in China. When taken every day, a extract from cordyceps appears to ease constriction in airways and improve quality-of-life measures among those with moderate-to-severe asthma.