High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and anxiety are three very common conditions in America. While there are medications that can address these issues, some people have trouble tolerating the drugs, or may prefer a more natural, holistic approach. The medical experts at Harvard Health say that in certain circumstances dietary options are available. Here are some examples.
Statins are widely prescribed for this condition that affects about 12% of the population, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Vitamin D3. Dr. Donald Levy, medical director of the Osher Clinical Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, says that for people unable to take statin drugs and may have a vitamin D3 deficiency, this supplement could help.
Red Yeast Rice. This natural supplement has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years and recent studies found that taking 2,400 to 3,600 milligrams daily for six months lowered their LDL cholesterol levels by 25%, according to Levy.
Coenzyme Q10. Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a leading integrative cardiologist and author of “Reverse Heart Disease Now,” tells Newsmax that CoQ10 sparks energy production in every cell of your body including your heart. “CoQ10 effectively lowers cholesterol in hereditary hypercholesteremia,” he says. His recommendation is at least 100 milligrams daily. If you are on statin drugs, you may want to increase this amount as your body stops making CoQ10 when on this medication.
High Blood Pressure
A blockbuster study released by JAMA reveals that a growing number of Americans suffer from uncontrolled high blood pressure, often referred to as the “silent killer.” The JAMA data found that uncontrolled hypertension rose by a significant 10% in 2017-2018 compared to statistics from 2013 to 2014, according to NBC News.
Magnesium. Dr. Daryl Gioffre, a board-certified nutritionist and author of “Get Off Your Acid,” tells Newsmax that magnesium is the most important mineral we need in terms of day-to-day function, and yet half of us are deficient. Magnesium deficiency is most often caused by lifestyle factors, including a diet that’s high in processed foods, alcohol abuse, and type 2 diabetes. Taking magnesium citrate or glycinate supplements can help lower blood pressure in six weeks, according to Harvard Health. People with kidney disease should check with their doctor before taking magnesium.
Lycopene. This common antioxidant that gives vegetables like tomatoes their red hue is effective in lowering blood pressure, says Dr. Levy. Because many tomato-based products contain sodium, it is best to take a 15 to 25 milligram supplement daily.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults over the age of 18, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. And it’s not uncommon for people who suffer from anxiety disorders to also suffer from depression. They often go hand-in-hand.
Turmeric. Curcumin, the active compound found in turmeric, is effective at combating depression and anxiety. “Curcumin shows great potential as a natural antidepressant and has been found to be as effective for depression as the popular SSRI, Prozac,” says Dr. David Friedman, the best-selling author of Food Sanity, How to Eat in a World of Fads and Fiction. Be careful to use capsules, powders, or tablets that tell you how much curcumin they contain and follow the recommended dosage on the label.
Chamomile extract. This popular flower-based extract is a favorite, anxiety-busting remedy that has been around for centuries. It is also prescribed as a sleep aid which helps reduce anxiety. While drinking chamomile tea is a popular way to derive the calming effect of the herb, Dr. Levy recommends taking an 220 milligram capsule daily.
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