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Weekly Tip: Control High Blood Pressure Naturally

Friday, 20 November 2009 10:35 AM

Your chances of developing high blood pressure, and thereby increasing your risk of stroke, are 50 percent. And everyone in your family, as well as all of your friends, co-workers and acquaintances—in fact everyone in the U.S.—faces 1 in 2 odds of developing high blood pressure, which is called HBP or “hypertension.”

Unfortunately, medication prescribed to combat high blood pressure and potential strokes have extremely undesirable side effects, ranging from impotence to insomnia. Fortunately, there are natural supplements that lower blood pressure.

First, though, let’s take a closer look at strokes, which are divided into two classes: ischemic and hemorrhagic.

An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel is suddenly closed off by a blockage.

Hemorrhagic strokes— once called “apoplexy”— occur when a blood vessel within the brain suddenly ruptures.

Initially, one would think these two forms of strokes would have very different causes. In fact, their origins are very similar—chronic inflammation. For more of the latest medical news regarding high blood pressure and its treatment, read my special report “Cut Your Risk of a Deadly Stroke.”

Over 40 percent of patients who are prescribed medication to control their high blood pressure quit taking it because of the disabling side effects. Side effects include the loss of libido or impotence in men and insomnia and extreme fatigue in both sexes. Additional symptoms associated with these drugs include: shortness of breath, dizziness, flu-like symptoms, arrhythmia, severe depression, memory loss, and liver failure.

Few physicians know that weight loss, dietary changes and a few select supplements can be significantly more effective in treating hypertension than dangerous drugs. These methods, which I discuss in my newsletter “Eliminate Hypertension Forever” , create virtually no side effects.

You might be shocked to know that some in the medical profession even admit this to be true—but never in public.

In carefully conducted double-blind placebo-controlled tests, a number of nutraceutical supplements have been shown to lower blood pressure in hypertensives. Here are some that provide the most advantages:

• Hawthorne
• Flavonoids (quercetin/hesperidin)
• Aged garlic extract
• Coenzyme Q10
• L-carnitine
• N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC)
• Alpha-lipoic acid (R-lipoic acid)
• Ginkgo biloba
• Magnesium/potassium/calcium
• Green tea extract

Please note that if you are taking insulin or oral antibiotic medications, you will need to work with your doctor on lowering your medications.

Check out my newsletter “Key Vitamins That Save Your Heart, Prevent Cancer and Keep You Living Long” for more information on which vitamins and supplements are worth your hard-earned money.

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