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Hawthorn and Blood Pressure

Monday, 08 Aug 2011 09:52 AM


Question: Can hawthorn lower my high blood pressure?


Dr. Blaylock’s Answer:

Hawthorn extract is accepted as an effective supplement for treating mild and moderate hypertension. Start with a dose of 500 mg twice a day. If more is needed after a week, increase to three times a day. The highest dose I have used in patients is 1,000 mg three times a day.

Be careful when mixing hawthorn with antihypertensive medications, as they have additive effects.

One patient of mine, despite being under a doctor’s care, had long-term, uncontrollable blood pressure. When he combined the hawthorn with a lower dose of his blood pressure medication, he got excellent results.

Magnesium also lowers mild and moderate hypertension, and taking it with the hawthorn would be even more effective. Studies have shown that CoQ10 (in a dose of 300 mg three times a day) along with a mixture of antioxidants, also lowers blood pressure.



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