Natural High Blood Pressure Remedy
"Learn What Herbal Supplements Act As A
Natural High Blood Pressure Remedy!"
In the last article we discussed Magnesium and Calcium, now lets discuss some more. These are all great treatments to lower High Blood Pressure and can be easily found in every day foods, not to mention that they taste great. Here are some more great herbs and vitamins that can aide in naturally lowering your Blood Pressure.
Garlic, Fights Evil and High Blood Pressure
Garlic is probably one of the most popular herbal supplements out there, for both health and folklore. Garlic is a bulb that is popularly used for flavoring in cooking, but it is also beneficial for the heart and is known to help lower cholesterol. The volatile compounds in garlic especially allicin, which is what gives garlic its pungent smell, are thought to be beneficial for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Garlic supplements should provide at least 10 milligrams of allicin in a daily dose. Commission E, which sets guidelines for dietary supplements and herbs in Germany, suggests that garlic supplements should provide the equivalent of 4,000 milligrams of fresh garlic, somewhere between one and four cloves depending on the size.
This amount of garlic (or commercial garlic preparation) consumed daily can lower systolic blood pressure five to 11 points and diastolic pressure up to five points. The reduction in blood pressure is most significant when real, whole garlic is eaten, but the garlic supplements are also effective and better than nothing if you don't like to eat garlic.
Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10 for short, is a supplement you might not have heard of before, but its use is growing among people with many health problems.
CoQ10 is produced by the body and is needed for the basic functioning of cells. Levels of
CoQ10 are thought to decrease as people get older, and they are often lower than normal in people with health conditions like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other ailments.
In fact, in some studies nearly 40 percent of people with high blood pressure had low levels of CoQ10, which strongly suggests supplementing CoQ10 is helpful for those with high blood pressure.
CoQ10 has been used to treat everything from arthritis to Alzheimer's, to boost exercise performance among healthy people and to lower blood pressure. According to the Mayo Clinic, using CoQ10 is most effective as a treatment for high blood pressure. Small drops in blood pressure have been seen after several weeks of use. The standard dose is around 100 milligrams daily.
How About Hawthorn?
Hawthorn is an herb widely used in Europe to treat cardiovascular problems. Both the berries and the flowers of the hawthorn plant are used in herbal preparations to make the heart and cardiovascular systems more efficient.
Hawthorn widens the blood vessels, so it works in a similar way to the conventional ACE inhibitor drugs. Its ability to lower blood pressure is rather mild compared to some of the other supplements you could be taking, but it is also thought to generally improve the condition of the heart when taken for several weeks.
The recommended dose for hawthorn is 100 to 250 milligrams of hawthorn preparation with 10 percent procyanidins (the active ingredient in hawthorn) three times a day. You may have to take it for up to a month before you see effects.
Take Your Vitamins...Daily!
Many vitamins have been shown to have an effect on blood pressure, particularly vitamins C, E, B5, B6 and folic acid, which is also a B vitamin.
Folic acid, found in green leafy vegetables and many enriched food products (because it prevents birth defects), reduces homocysteine levels in the blood. Homocysteine is a risk factor for heart disease and higher levels leave you at higher risk for heart problems.
Young women who consumed at least one milligram of folic acid daily had a 46 percent lower risk of high blood pressure than those who consumed less, while older women had an 18 percent reduced incidence of high blood pressure. The recommended dose for folic acid is 400 micrograms a day.
Vitamin B6 also affects homocysteine levels and is vital for metabolism. It is found in beans, meat, poultry and fortified cereals, as well as some fruits and vegetables. The recommended amount of B6 varies, but it is less than two milligrams for most people. One study gave participants five milligrams per day per two pounds of body weight and significantly reduced blood pressure in just four weeks, with an average drop of about 10 points each for both systolic and diastolic pressure.
Vitamin B5, which comes from beans, peas, vegetables, fish and whole grains, helps the body make coenzyme A, a deficiency of which can cause low energy levels. It may help improve heart function and detoxify the body. There are no supplements of coenzyme A—it has to be made by the body. Supplements that claim to be coenzyme A are really B5, calcium, magnesium and other nutrients, so you might as well save your money and eat a diet rich in these other nutrients.
A 500-milligram supplement of vitamin C was found to reduce blood pressure by about nine percent. That's much higher than the recommended daily amount of 60 milligrams a day, but it is safe to take vitamin C in high doses. The thought is that vitamin C protects the body's levels of nitric oxide, a compound that dilates the blood vessels and helps to lower blood pressure. Since vitamin C is an antioxidant, it may help protect the body's level of nitric oxide when it is under stress.
Vitamin E is generally thought to be very helpful for the heart. It can help break down blood clots, improve circulation and strengthen the heartbeat. Vitamin E is recommended to people with high blood pressure more for these reasons than because it lowers blood pressure significantly. Since high blood pressure is a risk factor in other heart problems, it makes sense to supplement vitamin E to prevent further damage. The RDA is 10 milligrams a day, but it is safe to take much more. Nuts, wheat, apples and dark greens are good sources of vitamin E. If you want to supplement, buy the natural vitamin E pills made with d-alpha-tocopherol, which is easier for your body to work with
All these herbs, supplements, and vitamins can easily be found at your local grocery or health foods store, so be creative with foods and meals. This can be a fun and easy addition to your new healthy lifestyle.