March 28, 2014
|Recommended Natural Approaches
Diet and lifestyle changes can do a great deal toward lowering high blood pressure. Consuming a diet rich in plant foods is a great way to start. In addition the following supplements may help one avoid pharmaceutical medications.
- Magnesium This mineral has a relaxant effect on the nervous system and blood vessel walls. It is commonly deficient in the U.S. diet and is commonly depleted by alcohol and caffeine consumption. It is also thought that high stress levels deplete the body’s magnesium. Lastly, some pharmaceutical medications cause this nutrient to be depleted.
- Fish Oil Fish oil has several benefits for the cardiovascular system. In particular it reduces the inflammatory response common to many cardiovascular conditions. It also has a blood-thinning effect, which reduces pressure inside the artery walls. Over 31 trials have demonstrated that fish oil lowers blood pressure.
- CoQ10 Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin like compound that also provides many benefits for the cardiovascular system.
Several studies have shown that CoQ10 reduces blood pressure. In one study, researchers followed 109 patients with essential hypertension who were administered CoQ10 in addition to their existing drug regimen. Participants had significantly improved systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and 51% of patients were able to discontinue use of all pharmaceutical medication.
In an additional study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition involved a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study of patients with type 2 diabetes. Subjects who received CoQ10 experienced a significant reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
- Melatonin This over-the-counter hormone is commonly used to help fight insomnia. Research has also shown it to be beneficial for nighttime hypertension. This is important, since elevated blood pressure at night injures the heart and blood vessels just as it does during the day.
- Potassium Potassium is a key mineral for the reduction of blood pressure. It must be maintained in good balance with sodium. More than 33 trials have demonstrated that potassium lowers blood pressure.
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