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9 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

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By    |   Thursday, 24 January 2019 08:48 AM

More than 70 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure but prescription drugs used to control hypertension sometimes can have potentially dangerous side effects.

The effort to battle high blood pressure has grown even more complicated because several lots of popular blood pressure pills have been recalled since last July due to possible cancer-causing contaminants.

But you may not have to rely on medication and instead may be able to take a natural path to get your blood pressure under control.

Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a renowned cardiologist, tells Newsmax, “There are so many ways to lower your blood pressure without the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. I use many supplements along with a non-inflammatory diet to achieve remarkable results with my patients.

“Sometimes this simple approach along with weight management and stress reduction even helps patients who are on medication reduce their dosage.”

Sinatra says that the current guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association are that normal blood pressure readings should be below 120/80.

Here are some suggestions on how you can take control of your blood pressure naturally. Never stop taking your medication, however, and always check with your health care practitioner before making any changes in your lifestyle plan.

  1. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Sinatra likes the PAMM diet plan which stands for Pan Asian Modified Mediterranean. “The absolute best way to lower blood pressure is being more mindful of what you eat,” he says. Choose foods low in saturated fat, sugar, trans fat, and sodium. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich grains, fatty fish, nuts, legumes and seeds.
  2. Manage Your Stress Level. Sinatra says that stress can be as much of a “silent killer” as hypertension. When we are tense ourbodies produce hormones that constrict blood vessels, making our blood pressure rise. Yoga and meditation have been scientifically proven to reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
  3. Stay Active. You don’t have to sweat or get out of breath in order to reap the benefits of staying active. Take a five minute walk every hour at work, which can add up to 40 minutes of activity during an eight-hour day.
  4. Get Fishy. Fish oil supplements contain Omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to lower cardiovascular risk by reducing inflammation in the body and also reducing clotting time. A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension found that the EPA and DHA found in fatty fish and fish oil supplements reduce blood pressure as effectively as lifestyle changes.
  5. Try Aged Garlic Extract. According to Dr. Tod Cooperman, founder of ConsumerLab.com, a recent study showed that taking two 600-milligram capsules of Kyolic aged garlic extract reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure significantly.
  6. Try Nattokinase. A Japanese nutrient called natto produces this nutrient which Sinatra says is one of his strongest choices for lowering blood pressure naturally. “It helps to counteract thick, sick, sticky and inflamed blood — keeping your blood flowing as it should.”
  7. Supplement with CoenzymeQ10. Several studies have shown that taking CoQ10 supplementation helps lower blood pressure effectively. University of Western Australia research shows that taking 60 to 100 milligrams daily lowers blood pressure by up to17 points “If you ask me for the most powerful nutrient you can take for overall heart health, hands down the answer would be Coenzyme Q10,” says Sinatra, author of “Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight Weeks: A Revolutionary Program for a Longer, Healthier Life.”
  8. Go Herbal. Hawthorn is commonly used in Europe to lower blood pressure, Dr. Ellen Kamhi, Ph.D, author of “The Natural Medicine Chest,” tells Newsmax. “It improves blood flow and strengthens the contractions of the heart muscle.” In a British trial, this herb showed significant health benefits with a 1,200-milligram daily dose.
  9. Try Beetroot Juice. Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that a daily dose of beetroot juice significantly improved blood pressure in elderly patients with heart failure. It also boosted their exercise endurance levels by 24 percent after one week.

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