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Hypertension , many a times can get accelerated or get very high due to many food additives.

A 65-year-old woman with previously well controlled hypertension on a single medication presented to the emergency room with acute, symptomatic hypertension with blood pressures running 200s/140s. Despite IV medications, her hypertension remained refractory to treatment. This prompted a hospital admission with treatment using nicardipine in the ICU. Her blood pressure was difficult to control without a short acting antihypertensive medication infusion. She required a seven-day hospitalization (five of which were in the ICU) until her symptoms and hypertension were controlled with a three-drug regimen every day.
For last six months she was eating everyday a lot of black licorice.

Black licorice induced hypertension is an uncommon cause of hypertension in modern times because newer types of licorice rarely use the active ingredients in licorice root in large quantities. However, certain licorices and candies still contain glycyrrhizic acid (GZA) in sufficient quantities to affect blood pressure and cause other health issues.


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