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Top 10 Functional Foods That Are Known to Support Healthy Blood Pressure Nothing affects our health more than what we decide to eat on a daily basis. |
Below are the top ten functional foods that have been tested in clinical trials to help support healthy blood pressure levels:
1. Beet Root
Most of the above foods contain dietary nitrate that can be utilized to make NO. Others, including curcumin, green tea, and chocolate, contain molecules that will actually activate endogenous nitric oxide production. Garlic contains sulfur-containing molecules that are critical for NO production.
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Diuretic causes frequent urination
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BP ArticlesWhat Most Doctors Won’t Tell You About High Blood Pressure Solutions that get overlooked: There are a number of natural approaches that can reduce your blood pressure or even eliminate your need for blood pressure medication. Unfortunately, most doctors have not been trained in these therapies, and there is rarely enough time during rushed office visits to discuss them.
1.Get more potassium. Muscles in the heart and blood vessels require this mineral to contract normally and maintain a healthy blood pressure. We should consume five times more potassium than sodium, yet most of us get eight to 10 times more sodium than potassium.
If we increased our potassium intakes to the recommended amount of 4,700 mg daily and restricted our sodium intakes to recommended levels of 2,300 mg or less daily, studies show that we could see a 10% drop in hypertension rates.
My advice: Avoid processed foods (typically salt-saturated) and eat eight to 10 daily servings of vegetables and fruits, which are naturally high in potassium and low in sodium.
Good potassium sources: Sweet potatoes, bananas, green beans, cantaloupe, orange juice, tomatoes (fresh or cooked) and prunes. Caution: Never use potassium supplements unless prescribed by your doctor — they can be dangerous if you take certain medications or have kidney disease.
2. Add nuts to your diet. In a Pennsylvania State University study, men who consumed 1.5 ounces of pistachios (about 60 nuts) daily for four weeks averaged a 4.8 mm Hg drop in systolic (top number) blood pressure.
The benefits likely stem from pistachios’ healthful fats — one ounce has fewer than 2 g of potentially harmful saturated fat and nearly 11 g of healthful mono and polyunsaturated fats, which help lower blood pressure by reducing arterial inflammation and improving blood vessel dilation. Reductions in blood pressure also have been found with a similar daily intake of almonds and walnuts.
My advice: Get 30% of your calories from mono- and polyunsaturated fats (unsalted nuts are a good source)… restrict saturated fat to no more than 10% of total daily fat intake. Eliminate all trans fats from your diet. Good sources of mono- and polyunsaturated fats: In addition to nuts — salmon, ground flaxseed, olive oil and canola oil.
3. Get enough protein. Hypertension rates are lower in populations that consume high amounts of protein — possibly due to natural compounds in protein that inhibit the production of a chemical that constricts blood vessels.
The milk proteins casein and whey are especially abundant sources of amino acids that may also lower blood pressure. In a recent six-week trial, people with prehypertension or mild-to-moderate hypertension who consumed 20 g daily of whey protein saw their systolic pressure drop by an average of 8 mm Hg and their diastolic (bottom number) pressure fall by an average of 5.5 mm Hg.
My advice: Consume approximately 1.5 g of protein daily for every 2.2 pounds of body weight. (For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, aim for 109 g of protein daily.) Include 30 g of whey protein (available at health-food stores in drink powders and shake mixes), with the balance coming from high-protein foods such as fish, poultry, grass-fed beef (grass contains healthful omega-3 fatty acids), low-fat dairy products and beans.
4. Boost your vitamin-D levels. The lower your vitamin D levels, the higher your risk for hypertension, diabetes and certain cancers, according to recent studies. Our bodies produce vitamin D when sunlight hits our skin, but few Americans get enough sun to manufacture sufficient levels of the vitamin. Even in Nashville, where I practice, 90% of my patients are vitamin D deficient.
My advice: Because sun exposure increases skin cancer risk (and sunscreen blocks the production of vitamin D), take daily supplements totaling 2,000 international units (IU) to 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 (the most active form). That’s higher than the federally recommended 400 IU to 600 IU daily, but most researchers now agree that more is needed to safeguard health. Do not exceed 10,000 IU daily — high doses can cause adverse effects, such as nausea and headache.
5. Consult a chiropractor. For a recent study at the University of Chicago Medical Center, 25 patients with stage 1 hypertension underwent a treatment known as the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) technique, which involves realignment of the topmost vertebra. Another 25 patients received a placebo treatment. Eight weeks later, doctors found that those who had had the real chiropractic adjustment averaged a 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic pressure and an 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic pressure than those in the other group. Researchers theorize that misaligned vertebra may pinch arteries and nerves affecting blood flow.
My advice: While more studies are needed, it may be worth consulting a chiropractor, particularly if you suffer from both neck pain and hypertension. Important: Only licensed chiropractors certified in NUCCA techniques are qualified to perform this procedure. To find a qualified chiropractor, consult the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (800-541-5799, www.nucca.org).
6. Try audio relaxation programs. Researchers at Seattle University College of Nursing found that when older adults listened for 12 minutes three times weekly to an audio relaxation program, their systolic blood pressure dropped by an average of 9 mm Hg.
The audio program consisted of a soothing voice guiding the listener through a progressive muscle relaxation sequence with the sound of ocean waves in the background. Progressive relaxation calms the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls blood vessel function.
My advice: Buy audio relaxation CDs on-line or look for such programs at your local library.
7. Consider taking certain supplements. Several nutritional supplements are advertised as having blood pressure–lowering effects. But the strongest evidence supports the use of… *
Co-enzyme Q10. Studies indicate 39% of patients with hypertension also have a coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) deficiency, compared with only about 6% of people without hypertension. Meanwhile, a dozen clinical trials have found CoQ10 to lower systolic blood pressure by up to 17 mm Hg and diastolic pressure by up to 10 mm Hg, without adverse side effects.
My advice: Ask your doctor about trying 200 mg of CoQ10 daily.
Alpha-lipoic acid and acetyl-L-carnitine. In a recent Boston University School of Medicine study, researchers found that systolic pressure dropped by nine points in patients with coronary artery disease who combined these supplements for eight weeks — largely due to a relaxation of the arteries.
My advice: Try 100 mg of R-lipoic acid (the natural form of alpha-lipoic acid) twice daily… and 500 mg twice daily of acetyl-L-carnitine.
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright ~ Four Things Your Doctor Didn't Tell You About High Blood Pressure! vit. D [no hypertension in tropics--60-100 optimum],
toxic heavy metals--lead, mercury, et al. Cadmium is worst. Chelation cut death rates in diabetics by 40%.
Insulin resistance drives up blood pressure. Need diet & exercise. ,
Calcium channel blockers. Not enough magnesium. Need 300-400 mg per day in form of cream to rub on skin.
Efficacy of Berberine in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Berberine has been shown to regulate glucose and lipid metabolism.. Fasting plasma insulin and HOMA-IR were reduced by 28.1% and 44.7%. this pilot study indicates that berberine is a potent oral hypoglycemic agent with beneficial effects on lipid metabolism.
Drugs & Side Effects on MeDrugs & Weight Gain
Antihypertensive Drugs I am on and the side effects which are affecting me:
Benicar HCT- a combination of an angiotensin II receptor antagonist and a thiazide diuretic.
May cause heartburn, diarrhea, joint pain, spinning sensation, headache, or dry cough. Acid Base Problem with Low Chloride and Basic pH Blood, Imbalance in Body Salts like Potassium and Sodium, Low Amount of Potassium in the Blood. Backache, Flu-Like Symptoms, Head PainLess. High Amount of Triglyceride in the BloodLess. High Blood Sugar. Inflammation of the Nose. Low Energy. Sinus Irritation and Congestion.
Potassium Chloride ER- mineral supplement/electrolyte replenisher.
Furosemide/Lasix- a strong diuretic
Treatment with "water pills"/diuretics can lower potassium in the blood.
Causes increased urination, thirst, muscle cramps, itching or rash, weakness, dizziness, spinning sensation, general feeling of tiredness or weakness, lower back or side pain, shortness of breath. Serious side effects of Lasix include dehydration, fever, electrolyte abnormalities. Imbalance in Body Salts like Potassium and Sodium, Low Amount of Calcium in the Blood, Low Amount of Chloride in the Blood, Low Amount of Magnesium in the Blood, Low Amount of Potassium in the Blood, Low Amount of Sodium in the Blood, Blurred Vision. Drowsiness. Dry Mouth. Acute Inflammation of the Pancreas. Liver Problems. High Blood Sugar.
Causes potassium loss, nausea, vomiting, weakness.
Hydralazine- a vasodilating agent.
Causes lower back pain, shortness of breath. clumsiness or unsteadiness, chills. Trembling or shaking of the hands or feet. Unusual tiredness or weakness. Renal damage. Glomerulonephritis [acute inflammation of the kidney].
Note: Don’t stop taking hydralazine suddenly. Doing so may lead to uncontrolled high blood pressure. It can raise your risk for heart problems, such as chest pain or heart attack. If you need to stop taking this drug, your doctor will slowly lower your dose over two weeks.
Plavix - (clopidogrel bisulfate)is a thienopyridine class of drug that inhibits platelet aggregation and thus inhibits aspects of blood clotting.
Causes problems with vision, joint pain, liver failure, arthritis, muscle pain.
Lopressor (Metoprolol)- a selective beta-adrenoreceptor blocking agent; beta blocker; beta-adrenergic blocker. Metoprolol is used with or without other medications to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). This medication is also used to treat chest pain (angina) and to improve survival after a heart attack. It works by blocking the action of certain natural chemicals in your body, such as epinephrine, on the heart and blood vessels. This effect lowers the heart rate, blood pressure, and strain on the heart.
Some heart medications such as beta-blockers or calcium channel blockers can slow your heart rate. beta-blockers are sometimes used to treat hypertension, but they can also lower your heart rate and affect your stamina...
Causes joint pain, arthritis, dry mouth, gas, edema in legs and feet, weight gain. bradycardia, cardiac failure
Causes nausea, fatigue, decreased ability to exercise, elevated blood triglycerides.
Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium)- a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins." Atorvastatin reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).
Lipitor is used to treat high cholesterol, and to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart complications in people with type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors.
Causes pain, joint pain, urinary tract infections, blockage of normal bile flow, muscle dammage due to autoimmunity, muscle problems, burping, gas, high blood sugar, low energy, muscle weakness, not feeling well.
Nifedipine- calcium channel blocker. It works by relaxing the muscles of your heart and blood vessels.
Causes feeling weak, edema in legs and feet, cough, frequent urination, itching, joint stiffness, low energy, trouble breathing, joint pain, arthritis, burping, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, enlarged breasts, feeling faint, high blood sugar, muscle weakness and pain, problems with eyesight.
Causes dizziness, nausea, edema.
Medications which cause weight gain:Metoprolol (Lopressor)
Antihistamines, such as cetirizine (Zyrtec) and fexofenadine (Allegra)
Beta blockers can cause sudden or rapid weight gain
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Will Reverse Osmosis remove sodium from water? Yes. The initial application of the reverse osmosis process was removal of salt (desalinization) from sea water for use as drinking water aboard naval vessels. This application has been expanded to include large, land-based facilities supporting entire communities. This may prove to be very beneficial to someone on a low sodium diet.
REVERSE OSMOSIS VS. WATER SOFTENING: DO I NEED BOTH? If you have a water softener in your home, you may feel pretty good about your water. But in fact, even after being processed by a water softener, impurities may remain in the water you drink and with which you wash foods and cook. Reverse osmosis can remove those impurities from your already-softened drinking water –including 98 percent of all sodium left in the water from the softening process.
Foods That Are Shockingly High in Salt frozen dinners, ready-to-eat cereals [like Raisin Bran], vegetable juices, canned vegetables, packaged deli meats, soups, marinades & flavorings [teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, et al.], spaghetti sauce, nuts, salty snacks [pretzels et al.], pre-packaged foods [beware of flavor packets], condiments,
Adding spices to an entrée can be an easy way to forgo the salt shaker. Just make sure there's no hidden sodium in your selection. For example, canned jalapeno peppers (1/4 cup, solids and liquids) have about 568 milligrams of sodium.
Ketchup (1 tablespoon) = 167 milligrams
Watch the Serving Size
Food Label Claims
Sodium-free: Less than 5 milligrams for each serving
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Cutting back on salt can cut blood pressure in some people. It can help lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney damage in those who have high blood pressure.
AntibioticsFluoroquinolones Are Too Risky for Common Infections Aortic Aneurysm, ruptured tendons and progressive nerve damage, irregular heartbeats, depression, nerve damage, ruptured tendons, and seizures
Quinolones The first generation is rarely used today. Nalidixic acid was added to the OEHHA Prop 65 list as a carcinogen on 15 May 1998. A number of the second-, third-, and fourth-generation drugs have been removed from clinical practice due to severe toxicity issues or discontinued by their manufacturers. The drugs most frequently prescribed today consist of Avelox (moxifloxacin), Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin), and, to some extent, their generic equivalents.
nalidixic acid (NegGram, Wintomylon)
oxolinic acid (Uroxin)
piromidic acid (Panacid)
pipemidic acid (Dolcol)
Second-generationThe second-generation class is sometimes subdivided into "Class 1" and "Class 2".
Third-generationUnlike the first- and second-generations, the third-generation is active against streptococci.
Fourth-generationFourth-generation fluoroquinolones act at DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV. This dual action slows development of resistance.
In developmentdelafloxacin — an anionic fluoroquinoline in clinical trials
JNJ-Q2 — completed Phase II for MRSA
Na:K RatioHow to Optimize Your Sodium-to-Potassium Ratio To easily determine your sodium to potassium ratio every day, you can use a free app like Cronometer.com for your desktop, smartphone, or tablet that will easily allow you to enter the foods you eat and painlessly make this calculation for you. No calculating or looking up in multiple tables required like we had to do in the old days. So, how do you ensure you get these two important nutrients in more appropriate ratios?
I do not recommend taking potassium supplements to correct a sodium-potassium imbalance. Instead, it is best to simply alter your diet and incorporate more potassium-rich whole foods. Green vegetable juicing is an excellent way to ensure you’re getting enough nutrients for optimal health, including about 300-400 mg of potassium per cup. By removing the fiber you can consume even larger volumes of important naturally occurring potassium. Some additional rich sources in potassium are:
Other potassium-rich fruits and vegetables include:
3/4 cup cooked lentils provides more potassium than a large banana.
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**Video: How to Lose Weight - Vegan HCLF Jeff Nelson. High Carb Low Fat--calorie density is the key
References: Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Michael Klaper, Jeff Novick RD, T. Colin Campbell PhD.
No animal products, no oil, no flour [bread, pasta, et al.], no processed foods, no overt fats [nuts, seeds, avocados, no soy or soy products, no olives]. High fat foods are easily stored as fat, so avoid them.
No starchy vegetables--the key to weight loss. 100 calories per pound. 1/3 of your plate should be starchy vegetables. the rest should be non-starchy vegetables.
Non-starchy vegetables are typically flowering parts of the plant:
examples of starchy vegetables:Lettuce,
Jeff Novick [vegan dietition]--Sequencing meals. Start with salad and raw veg's. Then you have the entree after you have filled up to certain degree.
Video: What I Eat In A Day | Vegan HCLF Jeff Nelson.
Low Fat Vegan What are some examples of foods that are considered low in calories, but are still important to a low fat diet?
Water rich foods such as lettuce, leafy greens, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, apples, pears, melons which are lower in calories but high in nutrients.
What are some low fat, high calorie plant foods that are still unhealthy or less healthy than the above whole foods?
Processed foods: white flour, white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, agave, tortillas, fat free crackers etc.
These should not be a main staple of your diet, and be used occasionally if at all, as they are low in nutrients and low in fibre. Choose whole foods, or whole grains whenever you can, especially if you intend on lowering your cholesterol or want to lose weight.
High-Carb, Vegan Diet Causes Major Weight Loss A low-fat, plant-based diet is more effective at helping women lose weight and improving insulin sensitivity than an omnivorous diet, shows a new study appearing in the September issue of The American Journal of Medicine.
Worldwide, vegetarian populations experience lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other life-threatening diseases.
Video: Gastro upsets 4 digestive destroyers: 1. Azodicarbonide. banned in Europe. In US, added as whitener to flour to make bread. 2. Diet sodas. The worst. Artificial sweeteners linked to obesity. 3. Coffee. Stimulates acid production in the stomach. Can cause inflammation, heart burn, dehydration. 4. Alcohol. Kills off the friendly bacteria in your gut. 5. Antibiotics kill ALL the bacteria in your gut.
Candida is one of the bad bacteriae in your gut. Should be 20% gut yeast max. But artificial sweeteners are like rocket fuel for gut yeast. Two favorite foods for gut yeast is sugar and artificial sweeteners. Preservatives are also a favorite of gut yeast. Yeast causes gas, exhaustion, and desires for bad foods. Called leaky gut.
"All health begins in the gut" [Hippocrates].
The answer is Probiotics. New research shows that taking a probiotic is more important than taking a multivitamin.
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Is 'Big Pharma' Trying To Silence Dr Oz Over a New Trick That Cures High Blood Pressure Quickly? This week Oz announced that in a clinical trial of 1,864 patients with hypertension, he cured 97.6% of them.
the Oceans Bounty pill. There is no single root cause of high blood pressure; instead, a combination of unalterable but modifiable risk factors all help contribute to the development of hypertension. Family history is a major cause of high blood pressure. Research from Johns Hopkins University estimated that between 35 and 65 percent of all hypertension instances are inherited. People with parents who developed high blood pressure before the age of 55 were found more likely to develop early hypertension. Age is also considered a cause of high blood pressure as it is often developed after age 55.
Oz discovered a permanent solution to overcome the effects of high blood pressure with a simple process called “BP Optimization (Blood Pressure Optimization).” The way to achieve it is through the powerful combination of 9 naturally sourced ingredients which can be found in Oceans Bounty. Because the Big Pharmaceutical companies are set to lose billions of dollars from this new discovery, they are trying to silence Dr Oz.
The research also proved that the rapid HBP reduction associated with Oceans Bounty is not the only benefit of taking this type of supplement. Unexpectedly the patients also dropped several pounds in body weight.
Moore, Richard D., MD, Phd. The High Blood Pressure Solution: A Scientifically Proven Program for Preventing Strokes and Heart Disease. Rochester, Vermont. Healing Arts Press: 1993.
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Book on Lowering BP:
Loading up on potassium-rich foods will help lower BP. Includes Potatoes, bananas, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, prunes, peas, honeydew melons, raisins, and kidney beans.
Aim at daily potassium levels of 4,000 mg daily.
Guava has a positive impact on hypertension. Jellied guava paste is available in grocery stores.
Hibiscus tea. Known as a HBP remedy around the world. Needs to be consumed every day for results.
Pomegranate juice. Study of patients ages 65 to 75 decreased the thickness of the carotid arteries by 35%.
SupplementsHypertension treatment with diet and supplements Natural Hypertension treatment and remedy - Diet and food selection
Eat more fruits and vegetables -- preferably fresh and organic. Fruits and vegetables have numerous compounds that can dilate blood vessels, including flavonoids. Fortunately for many chocoholics, cocoa, or dark chocolate, has important flavonoids.
Eat more garlic since garlic has a potent effect on reducing hypertension in a significant manner.
Garlic, and onions, have compounds that have potent blood vessel dilating properties. Garlic-derived polysulfides stimulate the production of the vascular gasotransmitter hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and enhance the regulation of endothelial nitric oxide (NO), which induce smooth muscle cell relaxation, vasodilation, and BP reduction.
Add flaxseeds to your diet. Not only do they help with healthy bowel movements, but they lower BP and cholesterol levels. The flax seeds should preferably be whole as opposed to the oil since the whole seeds contain fiber.
Add chia seeds to your diet.
Berries, such as blueberries, are also known to reduce blood pressure.
Reduce salt intake. Individuals with high blood pressure uncontrolled by multiple prescription medications may be consuming too much salt. Some with so-called resistant hypertension have sharp reductions in their blood pressure when they dramatically curtail their salt intake. If Americans were to cut their salt intake to recommended levels, they'd have far fewer cases of high blood pressure, and save billions of dollars in health care costs.
Try to shed some pounds -- Greater amounts of fat in the abdomen point to an increased risk of developing hypertension. For suggestions, see Weight loss.
Reduce fat intake, such as meats, lard, bacon, hydrogenated oils -- fats found in fish are good.
Reduce caffeine intake -- skip that second cup of coffee, substitute caffeine-free herbal drinks, limit herbal teas with caffeine to one or two cups. Caffeine found in coffee can raise blood pressure in some individuals, even if they are regular drinkers.
Reduce sugar intake - Eating too many sweets or drinking too much soda raises blood sugar. People who consume a diet high in fructose, a type of sugar and a key ingredient in high-fructose corn syrup, are more likely to have hypertension.
Drink more water and avoid sodas except small amounts of diet soda which should not raise blood pressure.
Learn how to sleep better and deeper. Those who sleep deep have a lower risk for hypertension.
Reduce alcohol intake. High amounts of alcohol can certainly aggravate hypertension. Despite its heart benefits, drinking red wine raises blood pressure to the same degree as drinking beer.
Try to have less stress in your daily life [gardening!]
Exercise, walk at least one mile per day, especially outdoors. Nitric oxide stored in the top layers of the skin reacts to sunlight and causes blood vessels to widen as the oxide moves into the bloodstream. That, in turn, lowers blood pressure.
Drink unsweetened soy milk and reduce intake of regular milk. The use of soy protein dietary supplements may help reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with early hypertension, July, 2005 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Eating dark chocolate may help lower blood pressure, boost normal responses to insulin to keep blood sugar levels down, and improve blood vessel function in patients with high blood pressure.
Supplements for hypertension natural remedyGarlic pills or eating garlic could lower BP by a few points.
Potassium is helpful. Those who have low potassium levels are more likely to have high blood pressure.
Antioxidants may be helpful for long term health maintenance of arteries, but not necessarily to lower blood pressure in the short term. Doses can be kept low, such as vitamin C less than 300 mg a day, and natural vitamin E less than 200 units a few days a week. Take a natural vitamin E complex, rather than the synthetic dl-tocopherol.
Probiotics are suggested to be of benefit.
Lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant in dosage of 10 to 50 mg.
Grape seed extract has been shown to reduce hypertension.
Quercetin is known as a very strong blood vessel dilator. Chronic oral Quercetin exerts antihypertensive effects in spontaneously hypertensive rats.
Genistein is a type of flavonoid found mostly in soy. Genistein helps produce more nitric oxide, a powerful chemical in the blood stream that helps dilate blood vessels. Genistein is available as a supplement.
Soy protein supplements are also helpful.
B vitamin and coenzyme complex — B6, folate, and B12 are crucial for the health of arteries and to lower homocysteine, an amino acid-like compound in the blood stream that can be toxic in high doses. Some early studies indicated low body levels of vitamin b 12 or other B vitamins may be a cause of elevated blood pressure.
CoQ10 could be helpful in dosages of 20 to 50 mg. The study is discussed below. High CoQ10 dosages could lead to shallow sleep which is not helpful since deep sleep reduces hypertension risk.
Lycopene supplements lowered blood pressure in one study, but if you eat plenty of tomatoes and other foods with lycopene, a supplement is not necessary.
Green tea and oolong tea drinkers are less likely to develop hypertension than non tea drinkers. It would be better to drink tea in the morning since the small amounts of caffeine can interfere with sleep if you drink tea later in the day. It would be best to limit tea intake to one or two cups unless there is no caffeine in the herbal tea you are consuming. Another option is to take green tea extracts with breakfast or lunch.
Calcium and magnesium are important minerals helpful in supporting healthy blood pressure
Hawthorn extract may be helpful.
Vitamin D is a supplement that can be taken from 200 to 600 units a day.
Melatonin once or twice a week at night for better sleep. People being treated for high blood pressure who also take melatonin sleep longer and have a more restful sleep.
Ginkgo low dose, not more than 40 mg, in the morning
Potassium - Potassium citrate has similar hypertension lowering effects as the best-studied potassium compound, potassium chloride.
Dark, but not white, chocolate has polyphenols that may lower hypertension.
Arjuna is an Ayurvedic herb that has promising effects in blood vessel dilation. We have received a few emails that Arjuna supplement use led to a lower blood pressure.
Low dose baby aspirin - be careful since a dose more than 100 mg a day can increase the risk for bleeding and stomach ulcer.
Apocynum venetum is an herb used in China for hypertension treatment.
Drinking hibiscus tea 2 or 3 times a day could lower blood pressure slightly.
Pycnogenol, French maritime pine bark extract, improves endothelial function of hypertensive patients. Life Sci. 2004.
Other medicinesNSAIDs such as ibuprofen, decongestants, steroids, estrogen and oral contraceptives, cyclosporine are medications that can make hypertension worse.
Those who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)--such as ibuprofin (Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) at least 22 days per month appear to be much more likely than others to develop hypertension. This is also true for acetaminophen. Taking aspirin before bedtime--but not at other times of the day--may lower blood pressure
Complications: Cardiovascular disease is a major problem. Hypertension could lead to left ventricular hypertrophy which could result in congestive heart failure, arrhythmias and myocardial infarction. Other complications of hypertension include stroke and kidney disease.
What the numbers mean: Hypertension is defined as a systolic pressure at rest that averages 140 mm Hg or more, a diastolic pressure at rest that averages 90 mm Hg or more
Dietary supplements that cause elevated BP: include arnica, bitter orange, blue cohosh, dong quai, ephedra, ginkgo, ginseng, guarana, licorice, pennyroyal oil, Scotch broom, senna, southern bayberry, St. John's wort, and yohimbine.
Natural therapy emails:
So now I"ve been using dandelion for one week. I can tell my b.p. is lower & my heart rate is lower than before
advised by his doctor that ibuprofen taken regularly causes hypertension
GarlicCoronary Calcium Score Benefits of Aged Garlic Already a culinary favorite, new research indicates that garlic is beginning to look like an excellent alternative to statin drugs.
Current cardiology dogma dictates treatment with statin drugs to lower cholesterol, thus preventing heart disease.
The problem with this cardiology dogma is the cholesterol theory of atherosclerotic disease has been falsified by many studies which are summarized nicely by Dr. William R Ware from the University of Ontario. Dr Ware’s fine article in Medical Hypotheses 2009, reveals there is no correlation between serum cholesterol and the amount of atherosclerotic plaque when reviewing either autopsy studies or coronary calcium score studies.(9) Thus, the theory that elevated cholesterol causes atherosclerotic plaque is essentially falsified.
Two randomized trials using statin drugs to reduce calcium scores showed disappointing results.
How Garlic Can Save Your Life Research on garlic indicates that it may provide an ideal low-cost and safe alternative to drugs and vaccines in reducing the three most common causes of death in the world.
In a world mesmerized by the false promises of pharmaceutical industry marketing copy, as well as inundated with aggressively marketed dietary supplements, many of which are manufactured by the same companies making a killing off patented chemicals (Bayer owns One A Day, Pfizer owns Centrum), it is reassuring to know that the kitchen pantry will never fail us...
Inexpensive, time-tested, safe and delicious, many spices are attaining recognition for being, quite literally, 'life saving,' which is likely one reason why, in ancient times, many were worth their weight in gold.
This time around, the health benefits of ancient 'folk remedies' like garlic are being confirmed by straight-laced men and women in lab coats. Which, when it comes to the conventional medical establishment, blighted as it is by the epistemological disease known as myopia, is considered the only valid way to ascertain the truth. Never mind the countless millions of people who, since the beginning of time, have used a different standard of proof: if it works and it is safe, then its true.
A cursory perusal of the literature [in Medline] indicates that garlic has a significant role to play in preventing or treating well over 150 health conditions, ranging from cancer to diabetes, infection to plaque buildup in the arteries, DNA damage to mercury poisoning.
In fact, a strong argument can be made (pun intended) that expanding the availability of garlic around the world as both a food and a medicine could prevent millions of deaths annually.
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