One in eight deaths worldwide is due to high blood pressure. High blood pressure is also the main risk factor for heart and kidney disease, and it greatly increases the chances of a stroke. While conventional drugs reduce blood pressure, they can also produce toxic side effects. Fortunately there are a variety of vitamins and nutrients that can significantly reduce blood pressure without any side effects.
Here are eight powerful and natural supplements that are likely to lower your blood pressure.
It has been shown in studies that Vitamin D deficiency raises the risk of high blood pressure. To avoid deficiency, we should be getting at least 20 minutes of direct sunlight two or three times a week. Levels of vitamin D can also be boosted through our diet with wild caught salmon, organic mushrooms and pasture-raised eggs. However, to achieve optimal levels, a supplement may have to be taken.
Fish oil, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA, promotes the relaxation of arteries while reducing arterial inflammation. This in turn lowers blood pressure.
CoQ10 not only lowers blood pressure, but it can help reverse resultant damage by decreasing abnormal thickening of the heart muscle.
Magnesium is essential for regulating heart rhythm and blood pressure and is particularly beneficial for people with cardiovascular disease.
Garlic increases the body’s production of nitric oxide, which in turn enhances the dilation of blood vessels allowing a free flow of blood.
Cinnamon is high in cinnamaldehyde, an antioxidant compound that is known for its ability to decrease both blood pressure and blood sugar.
Blueberries and Blackberries
Coloured fruits such as blueberries and blackberries contain a flavonoid called anthocyanins that inhibit production of blood pressure-raising enzymes while increasing production of beneficial nitric oxide.
And finally, my favourite vitamin! Vitamin C improves endothelial function by boosting nitric oxide, a gas that expands the walls of arteries, thereby lowering blood pressure.
Balancing blood pressure is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health.
These natural supplements can be powerful tools in providing the means to do so. It should be remembered that high blood pressure is usually a symptom of some “upstream” issue. It is always better to identify and treat the upstream issue than try to control the symptoms.
If you are on any blood pressure medication and would like to go the supplement route, check with your doctor first.
Feel free to contact me to check with muscle testing what the root cause/s of your high blood pressure is, and what supplements are best suited for you.
About the author:
After training as a Health Kinesiologist (KFRP), Shannon Bester practiced in London before moving to Ireland. He has also completed additional training in anatomy, physiology, nutrition and pathology. Shannon believes that individual and unique personal circumstances and experiences impact health and healing. Health Kinesiology is a holistic approach to healing – it treats the person, not the symptom.