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Lower Blood Pressure – Naturally

 

While medication may be necessary to control your high blood pressure initially, consider lowering it naturally with a healthy diet, exercise, and supplements. Be sure to check with your doctor before adding any of the following:

  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is one of the most important nutrients for the cardiovascular system, and is depleted by Statin drugs. Doctors suggest that those over 60 or on these drugs take 100 to 200 mg daily. If you had recent heart surgery, heart attack or congestive heart failure, 200 to 300 mg daily is recommended.You will benefit the most by taking half of your daily CoQ10(and other heart vitamins) in the morning and the rest in the afternoon.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are important for overall cardiovascular health. Research has shown that increased consumption of omega-3s can lower blood pressure naturally. Cold-water fish, squid, and krill are the most abundant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, eaten 3 times a week, or take omega-3 supplements, 2-4 grams/daily.
  • Olive oil and olive leaves contain a substance known as oleuropein, which has been demonstrated to boost the immune system and to lower blood pressure. You can also prepare your own olive leaf tea by placing a large teaspoon of dried olive leaves in a tea ball or herb sack. Place it in about two quarts of boiling water and let it steep for three to 10 minutes. Olive oil should always be extra virgin and cold-pressed to avoid buying a “fake” oil.
  • Grape seeds contain compounds called polyphenols that provide numerous health benefits—including the ability to lower blood pressure and help relax the smooth muscle tissues in the blood vessels.
  • Magnesium regulates enzymes which relax blood vessels and control the action of your heart muscle. Magnesium deficiency cannot be tested with a conventional blood test, as the magnesium in your body is largely bound within your bones and cells.
  • Vitamin B6 reduces the homocysteine levels in your body. High levels of homocysteine can irritate and damage the tender linings of your blood vessels. The lesions created by this damage allow clusters of cholesterol plaque to collect in blood vessels, where they can continue to grow larger, blocking blood flow, or break loose and enter the blood stream, where they can cause a stroke or heart attack.
  • Vitamins C and E. Studies indicate that these vitamins can be helpful in lowering your blood pressure. Make sure to take a natural (not synthetic) form of vitamin E. Natural vitamin E is always listed as the “d-” form (d-alpha-tocopherol, d-beta-tocopherol, etc.) Synthetic vitamin E is listed as “dl-” forms. Vitamin C seems to be helpful for just about every condition, including high blood pressure, taken at 3 or more grams per day. If ascorbic acid causes cold sores, you need to combine with magnesium.

For information on lowering blood pressure naturally with foods, read this post. To learn the root cause of high blood pressure, click here.

As per my Terms of Use, always consult with your health care practitioner before adding a supplement or changing your diet. Certain food and dietary supplements could change the way your medication works.


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