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High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure affects approximately 25% of the adult population in United States and Canada, most of which are in a mild form, which is highly sensitive to nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle practices. Medical literature stresses hypertension patients should receive intensive non-drug therapies (nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle practices) to improve control of their condition and reduce their risk of developing further cardiovascular disease, even though the use of anti-hypertensive drugs dominate the management of this condition. High blood pressure, along with high cholesterol and cigarette smoking, are considered to be the three cardinal risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Studies indicate that lowering an individual’s blood pressure from 160/90 to 140/80mmHg may decrease risk of heart disease by more than 30%. Side effects from high blood pressure drugs can include fatigue, male impotence, elevated cholesterol levels, light-headedness, dizziness and skin eruptions.

 

Supplement Consideration

Coenzyme Q10 and Hawthorn Supplement
A coenzyme CoQ10 and hawthorn supplement should have been shown to reduce high blood pressure naturally, by relaxing blood vessels (endothelial function) and improving the energetics of the heart muscle and the muscular coat of blood vessels.

Bone Support Nutrients
A bone support nutrient should provide the therapeutic doses of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D, which have been shown to improve blood pressure regulation, especially in individuals whose blood pressure is aggravated by salt intake. Most recently this level of Vitamin D intake has been shown to suppress the over secretion of renin from the kidneys, helping to lower blood pressure. Drugs such as ACE-inhibitors, ARB’s (Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers), and Renin Blockers lower blood pressure by acting on the same system as vitamin D.

High Potency Multiple Vitamin and Mineral
A high potency multiple vitamin and mineral should provide the therapeutic doses of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D, which have been shown to improve blood pressure regulation, especially in individuals whose blood pressure is aggravated by salt intake. Most recently this level of Vitamin D intake has been shown to suppress the over secretion of renin from the kidneys, helping to lower blood pressure. Drugs such as ACE-inhibitors, ARB’s (Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers), and Renin Blockers lower blood pressure by acting on the same system as vitamin D.

Essential Fatty Acids
An essential fatty acid should contain therapeutic levels of essential oils that are converted by the body into the prostaglandin hormones that relax the walls of blood vessels, lowering resistance to blood flow, and thereby reducing high blood pressure.

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