Natural Supplements for Blood Pressure 01/02/16

The force at which your blood flows through your arteries is known as blood pressure. If this pressure is higher than normal then it is called high blood pressure or hypertension. High blood pressure is a very common disease with as many as 70 million Americans living with the disease. That represents about 1 in 3 adults in the United States.

High blood pressure is also known as the silent killer because many times symptoms do not appear until a person’s blood pressure has been elevated for a very long time. Some symptoms that may or may not be present if your blood pressure is high include blurred vision or headaches.

High blood pressure is a serious disease and chronically elevated blood pressure can affect many organs in your body. Consequences of untreated high blood pressure include:

  • Chronic Kidney Disease Cognitive Changes (memory loss)
  • Eye Damage (blindness) Heart Attacks
  • Aneurysms Heart Failure
  • Peripheral Artery Disease Stroke
  • Erectile Dysfunction

Your blood pressure can be easily measured and the results are reported as 2 numbers.

  • Systolic Pressure (top number): blood pressure when the heart beats while pumping blood
  • Diastolic Pressure (bottom number): blood pressure when the heart is at rest between beats

Stages of High Blood Pressure in Adults

Stages Systolic
(top number)
Diastolic
(bottom number)
Prehypertension 120–139 OR 80–89
High blood pressure Stage 1 140–159 OR 90–99
High blood pressure Stage 2 160 or higher OR 100 or higher

 

Numerous studies have shown that having a blood pressure of less than 120/80 dramatically reduces your risk for the above complications.

There are many medications that can be used to lower your blood pressure. These medications can be broken down into the following categories: diuretics (Water or Fluid Pills), beta blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), calcium channel blockers, alpha blockers, alpha-beta blockers, central acting agents, and vasodilators.

While these medications are very good at reducing blood pressure they may cause unwanted side effects and can also lead to your body losing vital nutrients that are needed for optimal health.

There are NATURAL ways to lower blood pressure as well. The first thing you can do to promote healthy blood pressure are healthy lifestyle habits. Healthy lifestyle habits include:

  • A low sodium / high potassium diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

Too Much Sodium

Table salt is a natural mineral that is composed of two electrolytes: sodium (Na) and chloride (Cl) – NaCl. Sodium affects blood pressure because it causes fluid retention; basically it causes our bodies to hold on to water. When our bodies hold on to excess fluid our heart has to pump harder to get that fluid circulating which causes our blood pressure to increase.   Individuals with slightly elevated blood pressure may get to a healthy blood pressure just be limiting their salt intake. For most people we should try to keep our salt intake to 2300mg or less. If you have other health issues you may want to keep your salt intake even lower.

Steps to reduce sodium intake include:

  • Passing on the table salt
  • Reading food labels
  • Watching out for foods that are high in salt

Some examples of food that you may not think are high in sodium are:

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Too Little Potassium

Potassium, also an electrolyte in the human body basically acts as a balance to the effects of sodium. Diets that are low in potassium are typically high in sodium which results in high blood pressure.

Increasing potassium through eating more fruits and vegetables or by taking potassium supplements has been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure (the top number) by 8 – 10 points!!

Great sources of potassium include:

  • Tomatoes                        Avocados                    Apricots
  • Bananas                          Oranges                       Prunes
  • Strawberries                  Raisins                        Dates
  • Spinach                           Beans                          Peas

No Salt is a great replacement for standard table salt (NaCl). No salt uses potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride. It is a great way to flavor your food, reduce your sodium and increase your potassium intake.

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Remember too MUCH potassium can be dangerous. Older adults and people with kidney issues or who are on medications for their heart or blood pressure should consult their physician prior to taking potassium supplements.

Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight are also great lifestyle modifications to help promote healthy blood pressure. Weight loss does not have to be dramatic, losing as little as 3 – 5% of your weight can dramatically improve chronic diseases and may result in lowered blood pressure.

If diet and exercise are not enough there are natural supplements that can help promote healthy blood pressure. These nutrients include:

  • Fish Oil (Omega 3 fatty Acids)
  • Magnesium
  • Co – Enzyme Q10
  • Vitamin D
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric

Fish Oils are very high in omega 3 fatty acids and are many times referred to as your “good fats” They are typically found in cold water fish, like salmon, tuna, and mackerel. Omega 3 fatty acids work in multiple ways to help promote heart health. In fact studies have shown that adding omega 3 fatty acids to current blood pressure and cholesterol medications can further reduce ones chance for a heart attack or stroke by 20%.

In addition to omega 3 fatty acids being natural blood thinners their positive effect on blood pressure may be due to their ability to dilate the blood vessels in the body and to naturally reduce inflammation. We typically recommend 3,000 to 4,000mg daily of omega 3 fatty acids.

Remember not all fish oils are the same. Fish oil supplements that are not manufactured correctly may have a smell and could be contaminated with lead, mercury and other toxins

Jun_17_2013-13_12_07-fish-oil.jpgOne Wellness Place Fish Oil

  • Ultra Purified
  • Fresh Caught
  • Pharmaceutical Grade
  • Excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids

 

 

Magnesium is the 4th most abundant mineral in the body and is involved in over 300 reactions in the human body. Low magnesium levels have been linked to chronic diseases such as:

  • High Blood Pressure Type II Diabetes
  • Strokes Migraine Headaches
  • ADHD Constipation

Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer and promotes the relaxation and vasodilation of the blood vessels in the body. This relaxation of the vessels is what promotes healthy blood pressure. Numerous studies have shown that individuals with healthy magnesium levels are MUCH less likely to have high blood pressure. Magnesium supplementation has also been shown to produce modest drops in blood pressure as well. Some foods that are high in magnesium include: peas, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, lima beans, squash, broccoli and seafood.

Also remember that prescription diuretics (water pills) used for blood pressure can cause your body to lose magnesium.

There are many different types of magnesium. Some forms of magnesium are primarily used as laxatives such as magnesium citrate. Those forms of magnesium that are combined with amino acids are typically better absorbed and the amino acid may provide added benefits. We recommend magnesium taurate because the amino acid taurine is very beneficial in heart health. It helps with congestive heart failure and it has natural diuretic properties which allows it to promote healthy blood pressure as well.

MAgTaur400-456x1024One Wellness Place Magnesium Taurate

  • Pharmaceutical Grade
  • 400mg of highly absorbable magnesium
  • Combined with the amino acid taurine

 

 

Vitamin D is a fat soluble hormone and every cell in the human body has Vitamin D receptors. Humans make Vitamin D by way of a photoreaction that occurs when sunlight hits our skin. Vitamin D has been shown to:

  • Promote healthy bones                      Promote healthy blood pressure                       Improve Blood Sugar
  • Improve depression                            Boost the immune system                                 Reduce Cancer Risk
  • Prevent Pre-Term Labor                    Reduce Asthma Attacks

It is estimated that anywhere from 30 – 80% of the US population is low in Vitamin D. The range for normal Vitamin D is 30 – 100; however, to achieve all of the wonderful benefits of Vitamin D your levels need to be in 50 – 60 range.

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Vitamin D can reduce blood pressure and it typically is dose dependent. In one study individuals that took 4,000 international units of Vitamin D everyday saw the greatest improvement in blood pressure.

One Wellness Place Vitamin D tablets are pharmaceutical grade and provide either 1,000 or 5,000 international units of Vitamin D3.

 

Co-Enzyme Q10 is a fat soluble anti-oxidant that is most abundant in the heart and muscle cells. It is vital for the production of cellular energy and it provides awesome benefits all over the body. Co-Enzyme Q10 has been shown to:

  • Promote Healthy Blood Pressure Improve Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure
  • Improve Migraine Headaches Increase Energy

Co-Enzyme Q10 has several mechanisms of action for lowering blood pressure; however, doses of 120 – 300mg must be used. It is also very important to remember that your body’s Co-Enzyme Q10 can be reduced by certain prescription medications.

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Cholesterol medications known as statins have been shown to decrease a persons’ Co-Enzyme Q10. Examples of these medications include:

  • Lipitor (atorvastatin) Zocor (simvastatin)
  • Crestor (rovastatin) Pravachol (pravastatin)

Other medications such as metoprolol and metformin may also result in lower levels of Co-Enzyme Q10.

Co-Enzyme Q10 must be formulated correctly to work as well. This anti oxidant is fat-soluble and if it is not formulated in an suitable environment the absorbing can be dramatically different. Some capsules of Co-Enzyme Q10 are formulated in a dry capsule and make absorption into the body as low as 30%.

Jun_15_2013-14_05_29-31_kyolic.jpgGarlic is a plant that belongs to the allium (onion) family. It is a popular ingredient in cooking due to its strong smell, delicious taste and it grows in many parts of the world.

In addition to being a great seasoning agent garlic also has may medicinal properties as well. Garlic is a powerful immune booster and it possesses anti-microbial activity. Basically it can keep you from getting sick.

Garlic promotes heart health through its anti-oxidant capabilities; its ability to promote healthy cholesterol and its ability to reduce the thickness of the carotid in people with coronary artery disease. Garlic is also very good at lowering blood pressure. In fact when compared to atenolol, a prescription beta blocker used for high blood pressure AGED Garlic extract was equally as effective.

Remember while high blood pressure medications can cause unwanted side effects such as fatigue, sexual dysfunction, coughing, and swelling uncontrolled high blood pressure can result in sexual dysfunction, kidney disease, blindness, strokes and heart attacks.

Lifestyle modifications, better eating, and nutritional supplements can help you achieve a healthy blood pressure NATURALLY!!!!


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