Pathyashi-Dietary Management of Hypertension

Managing Hypertension with Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle Modifications

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a chronic condition in which the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries is too high. This can damage your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.

There are a number of risk factors for hypertension, including:

     Overweight or obesity

     Lack of physical activity

     Family history

     High sodium intake




Ayurveda is a traditional Indian system of medicine that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of health conditions. One of the key components of Ayurveda is diet, and there are a number of foods and herbs that are believed to be beneficial for people with hypertension.

Recommended Foods

Ayurveda advises individuals with hypertension to consume foods that are light, easily digestible, and nutrient-rich to support their overall health and help lower blood pressure. Here are some specific food recommendations in different categories:


Opt for barley (Yava), sorghum (Jowar), and wheat (Triticum sativum) as they are beneficial for hypertension.


Include green gram (Mudga/Moong dal) and horse gram (Kulatha) in your diet as they are suitable for individuals with hypertension.

Vegetables & Salads:

Bitter gourd (Karela), bottle gourd (Ghia/Lauki), turnip (Shalgam), carrot (Gajar), radish (Muli), and carrot are recommended choices for hypertension.



Consume Indian gooseberry (Amla), cucumber (Khira), black grapes (Draksha), pomegranate (Anar), orange, and apple as they are beneficial for managing hypertension.


Use coconut oil and olive oil in moderation as healthier options for cooking.


Include Takra (Buttermilk) in your diet as it can be beneficial for individuals with hypertension.

It's important to note that these recommendations should be customized according to an individual's specific digestive fire (Agni) and overall health condition. Consulting with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or nutritionist can provide personalized guidance based on your unique needs and constitution.

Avoid the following foods for individuals with hypertension:

1.      Butter and Ghee: These high-fat dairy products can contribute to increased cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

2.      Chillies (red-green): Spicy foods can raise blood pressure and potentially irritate the digestive system.

3.      Pickles: Pickled foods are often high in sodium, which can elevate blood pressure.

4.      Sesame Oil (Til taila) and Mustard Oil (Sarson ka Taila): While moderate consumption of these oils is generally fine, excessive intake can lead to increased fat intake and potentially worsen hypertension.

5.      Bengal gram (Chana Dal): This pulse is considered heavy and difficult to digest, which can put strain on the digestive system and potentially impact blood pressure.

6.      Sour fruits: Some sour fruits, such as citrus fruits, can aggravate acidity and potentially lead to increased blood pressure.

7.      Cashew nuts: These nuts are high in fat and can contribute to elevated cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

8.      Curd: Dairy products like curd can be heavy and difficult to digest, potentially affecting blood pressure and overall health.

9.      Tea and Coffee: Caffeinated beverages can temporarily increase blood pressure and may have long-term effects on cardiovascular health if consumed excessively.

10.  Processed/Oily food items: These foods are typically high in unhealthy fats, sodium, and additives, which can negatively impact blood pressure and overall well-being.

Disclaimer: The disease-specific diet provided here is formulated by our qualified team of Pathyashi, taking into consideration ancient Ayurveda principles and current research. However, it is important to note that our advice does not replace or substitute the expertise of a physician or doctor.


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