Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How to Lower Blood Pressure with Nutrients

By Michael A. Smith, MD

High blood pressure is a silent epidemic that threatens the lives of one in every three American adults. For those who take blood pressure medications, actual control rates vary between less than half to only two-thirds. And the effects are even worse in the elderly. That’s not exactly encouraging.

This means that the majority of those diagnosed with hypertension spend most of their day with blood pressure levels that are dangerously elevated. Since increased blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease, it acts as an accomplice in millions of additional deaths each year.

Nutrients Shown to Lower Blood Pressure

Here’s an overview of the nutrients that can help you naturally manage your blood pressure. We’ve also included related clinical evidence for each nutrient along with basic dosing suggestions.

Are there other nutrients that might be beneficial in helping you manage blood pressure? Sure there are. However, since we’re an evidenced-based company and we always stay true to that, we only listed the nutrients that have human clinical research behind them:
  • Pomegranate - Inhibits the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) which causes blood vessel constriction. Reduced ACE activity by 36% and decreased systolic pressure (the top number) by 5%. Take 500 mg daily.
  • Grape seed extract - Dilates blood vessels by increasing nitric oxide production. Reduced systolic pressure and diastolic pressure compared to placebo an average of 12 points and 7 points in 4 weeks. Take 150-300 mg daily.
  • Arginine - Dilates blood vessels by producing nitric oxide. By diet or supplementation, arginine reduces systolic pressure by 6 points and reduces diastolic pressure between 5–7 points. Take 1,000-2,000 mg a day.
  • Magnesium - Acts like a natural calcium channel blocker and cofactor for the vasodilator prostaglandin E1. Significant decreases in both systolic (average 5.6 points) and diastolic blood pressure (average 2.8 points). Take 250-500 mg a day.
  • Potassium - Reduces blood volume and blood pressure by increasing the excretion of sodium by the kidneys. Decreases systolic pressure (top number) between 2.4–5.9 mmHg and diastolic (bottom number) 1.6–3.4 mmHg within 2–8 weeks. Take 100 mg daily.
  • Hawthorn - Dilates blood vessels by inhibiting the renin system and has mild diuretic activity (diuretics decrease blood volume and blood pressure). Hawthorn demonstrated a significant decrease in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in 92 patients. Daily dose 500 mg
*High blood pressure is a dangerous condition. Contact your healthcare provider before going on diet or commencing self medication.

*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.
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