Doctor You: Recovering from Hypertension Naturally
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Do we have to age? We can’t prevent time from going by, but we can act in ways that rejuvinate our bodies and slow the aging process.
One of the most common ailments of mature people is hypertension,
or high blood pressure. High blood pressure is hard on all body systems, especially the circulatory system, kidneys and eyes. Stroke is one of the significant causes of death in the US. The potential complications of high blood pressure are many and varied, and include:
Damaged blood vessels, as well as organs in your body. The higher your blood pressure and the longer it goes uncontrolled, the greater the damage.
Heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure can cause hardening and
thickening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), which can lead to a heart
attack, stroke or other complications.
Aneurysm. Increased blood pressure can cause your blood vessels to
weaken and bulge, forming an aneurysm. If an aneurysm ruptures, it can
Heart failure. To pump blood against the higher pressure in your vessels,
your heart muscle thickens. Eventually, the thickened muscle may have a
hard time pumping enough blood to meet your body’s needs, which can
lead to heart failure.
Weakened and narrowed blood vessels in your kidneys. This can prevent
these organs from functioning normally.
Thickened, narrowed or torn blood vessels in the eyes. This can even
result in vision loss.
Metabolic syndrome. This syndrome is a cluster of disorders of your
body’s metabolism — including increased waist circumference, high
triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol,
high blood pressure, and high insulin levels. If you have high
blood pressure, you’re more likely to have other components of metabolic
syndrome. The more components you have, the greater your risk
of developing diabetes, heart disease or stroke.
Trouble with memory or understanding. Uncontrolled high blood pressure
also may affect your ability to think, remember and learn. Trouble
with memory or understanding concepts is more common in people
who have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is a common condition in which the force of the
blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually
cause health problems, such as heart disease. Blood pressure is determined
by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of
resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart
pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.
You can have high blood pressure (hypertension) for years without any
High blood pressure typically develops over many years, and it affects
nearly everyone eventually. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be easily
detected through the use of a blood pressure cuff. These cuffs can be
purchased reasonably inexpensively and easily used at home.
Addressing high blood pressure is crucial—and possible. The most
commonly recommended means to lowering blood pressure is prescription
drugs, but the side effects of these drugs are significant, including
decreased libido and depression. High blood pressure medications can
sometimes prevent your circulatory system from efficiently delivering
needed oxygen to all parts of the body.
Following some Doctor You suggestions should be able to help you
manage your blood pressure without these drugs and their negative side
Symptoms of High Blood Pressure
Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, even
if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels. This is why hypertension
is sometimes called “the silent killer”. Although a few people
with early-stage high blood pressure may have dull headaches, dizzy
spells or a few more nosebleeds than normal, these signs and symptoms
usually don’t occur until high blood pressure has reached a severe or
even life-threatening level.
Typically blood pressure is measured at most doctor visits, and even
some dental visits. White coat syndrome can cause false high readings,
so blood pressure should be measured several times and in different
settings before a conclusion is reached that blood pressure is too high. If
you are concerned about your blood pressure, purchasing a blood pressure
cuff to measure it at home may be worthwhile.
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Typical Causes of High Blood Pressure
There are two types of high blood pressure and each has a different set
of potential causes. One type is called primary (essential) hypertension.
This type tends to develop gradually over many years and causes are
mostly linked to lifestyle. A diet with lots of sugar, fatty foods and salt
can contribute to high blood pressure—as can the obesity that results
from such a diet.
Secondary hypertension is caused by an underlying condition and tends
to appear suddenly and cause higher blood pressure than primary hypertension
does. Some conditions and medications that can lead to secondary
Adrenal gland tumors
Certain defects in blood vessels you’re born with (congenital)
Certain medications, such as birth control pills, cold remedies, decongestants,
over-the-counter pain relievers and some prescription drugs
Illegal drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines
There are risk factors identified for high blood pressure. Those with the
following characteristics are more likely to have difficulty with high
Age. The risk of high blood pressure increases as you age. Through early
middle age, high blood pressure is more common in men.
Women are more likely to develop high blood pressure after menopause.
Race. High blood pressure is particularly common among blacks, often
developing at an earlier age than it does in whites. Serious complications,
such as stroke and heart attack, also are more common in blacks.
Family history. High blood pressure tends to run in families.
Being overweight or obese. The more you weigh, the more blood you
need to supply oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. As the volume of
blood circulated through your blood vessels increases, so does the pressure
on your artery walls.
Not being physically active. People who are inactive tend to have higher
heart rates. The higher your heart rate, the harder your heart must work
with each contraction — and the stronger the force on your arteries.
Lack of physical activity also increases the risk of being overweight,
which increases the likelihood that someone will suffer from high blood
Using tobacco. Not only does smoking or chewing tobacco immediately
raise your blood pressure temporarily, but the chemicals in tobacco can
damage the lining of your artery walls. This can cause your arteries to
narrow, increasing your blood pressure. Secondhand smoke can also
increase your blood pressure.
Too much salt (sodium) in your diet. Too much sodium in your diet can
cause your body to retain fluid, which increases blood pressure.
Too little potassium in your diet. Potassium helps balance the amount
of sodium in your cells. If you don’t get enough potassium in your diet
or retain enough potassium, you may accumulate too much sodium in
Too little vitamin D in your diet. It’s uncertain if having too little
vitamin D in your diet can lead to high blood pressure. Vitamin D may
affect an enzyme produced by your kidneys that affects your blood pressure.
Drinking too much alcohol. Over time, heavy drinking can damage
your heart. Having more than two or three drinks in a sitting can also
temporarily raise your blood pressure, as it may cause your body to
release hormones that increase your blood flow and heart rate.
Stress. High levels of stress can lead to a temporary, but dramatic, increase
in blood pressure. If you try to relax by eating more, using tobacco
or drinking alcohol, you may only increase problems with high blood
pressure. Instead, try exercising, listening to music or a pleasing hobby.
Certain chronic conditions. Certain chronic conditions also may
increase your risk of high blood pressure, including high cholesterol,
diabetes, kidney disease and sleep apnea.
Sometimes pregnancy contributes to high blood pressure, as well, particularly
when the expectant mother is overweight to begin with.
Although high blood pressure is most common in adults, children may
be at risk, too. For some children, high blood pressure is caused by problems
with the kidneys or heart. Historically young people have not had
difficulty with high blood pressure, but for a growing number of kids,
poor lifestyle habits like an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise contrib-
ute to high blood pressure.
Diagnosing High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is measured with an inflatable arm cuff and a pressuremeasuring
gauge. A blood pressure reading, given in millimeters of mercury
(mm Hg), has two numbers. The first, or upper, number measures
the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats (systolic pressure).
The second, or lower, number measures the pressure in your arteries
between beats (diastolic pressure).
Blood pressure measurements fall into four general categories:
Normal: below 120/80 mm Hg
Prehypertension: Systolic pressure ranging from 120 to 139 mm Hg or a
diastolic pressure ranging from
80 to 89 mm Hg
Stage 1 hypertension: Systolic pressure ranging from 140 to 159 mm Hg
or a diastolic pressure
ranging from 90 to 99 mm Hg
Stage 2 hypertension: Systolic pressure of 160 mm Hg or higher or a
diastolic pressure of 100 mm Hg or higher.
Both numbers in a blood pressure reading are important., but after age
50 the systolic reading is even more significant. Isolated systolic hypertension
in which diastolic pressure is normal but systolic pressure is high
is the most common type of high blood pressure among people older
Conventional (Drug) Treatments
There are several forms of drug treatment: diuretics, beta blockers, ACE
inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, calcium channel blockers,
renin inhibitors and vasodilators. This list will give you an idea how
each of them works:
Diuretics, sometimes called “water pills,” are medications that act on
your kidneys to help your body eliminate sodium and water, reducing
Beta blockers. These medications reduce the workload on your heart
and open your blood vessels, causing your heart to beat slower and with
less force. When prescribed alone, beta blockers don’t work as well in
blacks or in the elderly, but they may be effective when combined with a
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. These medications
help relax blood vessels by blocking the formation of a natural chemical
that narrows blood vessels.
Angiotensin II receptor blockers. These medications help relax blood
vessels by blocking the action of a natural chemical that narrows blood
Calcium channel blockers. These medications help relax the muscles of
your blood vessels. Some slow your heart rate. Calcium channel blockers
may work better for blacks and older adults than do ACE inhibitors
or beta blockers alone. A word of caution for grapefruit lovers who take
this drug. Grapefruit juice interacts with some calcium channel blockers,
increasing blood levels of the medication and putting you at higher
risk of side effects. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you’re concerned
Renin inhibitors. Aliskiren (Tekturna) slows down the production of
renin, an enzyme produced by your kidneys that starts a chain of chemical
steps that increases blood pressure. Tekturna works by reducing the
ability of renin to begin this process.
Vasodilators. These medications work directly on the muscles in the
walls of your arteries, preventing the muscles from tightening and your
arteries from narrowing.
While they may be effective, all of these drugs have inherent side effects.
They work by altering natural body chemistry. A more natural approach
will be safer, and have a broader positive effect.
These lifestyle changes are the first line of a more natural approach to
lowering blood pressure:
Smoking is particularly injurious for people with hypertension. The
combination of hypertension and smoking greatly increases the risk of
cardiovascular disease–related sickness and death. All people with high
blood pressure need to quit smoking.
Consumption of more than about three alcoholic beverages per day
appears to increase blood pressure. Whether one or two drinks per day
meaningfully increases blood pressure remains unclear.
Daily exercise can lower blood pressure significantly. A 12-week program
of Chinese T’ai Chi was reported to be almost as effective as aerobic
exercise in lowering blood pressure. Progressive resistance exercise
(e.g., weight lifting) also appears to help reduce blood pressure. At the
same time, blood pressure has been known to increase significantly during
the act of lifting heavy weights; for this reason, people with sharply
elevated blood pressure, especially those with cardiovascular disease,
should approach heavy strenuous resistance exercise with caution. In
general, people over 40 years of age should consult with their doctors
before starting any exercise regimen.
Most people with high blood pressure are overweight. Weight loss lowers
blood pressure significantly in those who are both overweight and
hypertensive. In fact, reducing body weight by as little as ten pounds can
lead to a significant reduction in blood pressure. Weight loss appears to
have a stronger hypotensive effect than dietary salt restriction.
Altered Eating Habits Can Help
Add some fiber to your diet. Several studies have shown that adding
around 7 grams of fiber per day to the diet reduces blood pressure.
Fry with good oils Frying with more stable oils (such as olive oil) does
not appear to increase high blood pressure risk, unlike cooking with
unstable oils such as sunflower, corn, canola, and flaxseed.
Limit sugar. Some doctors recommend that people with high blood
pressure eat less sugar, as it has been reported to increase blood pressure
in short-term trials.
Try a vegetarian diet Vegetarians have lower blood pressure than meat
eaters, partly because fruits and vegetables contain potassium—a known
blood pressure–lowering mineral.
Try some tomato In one study, supplementing with a tomato extract
significantly lowered blood pressure in people with hypertension.
Cut back on coffee In some studies, coffee drinking has led to small
increases in blood pressure. Many doctors tell people with high blood
pressure to avoid caffeinated products.
Avoid using too much table salt, limit salty fast foods, and read labels to
find low-sodium foods in
your grocery store.
Try a hypoallergenic diet In one study, people with migraines who also
had high blood pressure experienced a significant drop in blood pressure
when put on a hypoallergenic diet.
A specific chiropractic adjustment has been shown to produce a sustained
reduction in blood pressure that was equivalent to that produced
by two blood pressure-lowering medications.
Anxiety in men (but not women) has been linked to development of
hypertension. Several research groups have also shown a relationship
between job strain and high blood pressure in men. Some researchers
have tied blood pressure specifically to suppressed aggression.
Although some kind of relationship between stress and high blood pres13
sure appears to exist, the effects of treatment for stress remain controversial.
An analysis of 26 trials reported that reductions in blood pressure
caused by biofeedback or meditation were no greater than those seen
with placebo.15 Though some stress management interventions have
not been helpful in reducing blood pressure, those trials that have reported
promising effects have used combinations of yoga, biofeedback,
Preliminary laboratory studies in animals and humans suggest that acupuncture
may help regulate blood pressure. Most but not all preliminary
trials also suggest that acupuncture may be an effective way to
lower blood pressure. Whether blood pressure goes back up after acupuncture
is discontinued remains an unsettled question.
Auricular (ear) acupressure has been reported to be an effective treatment
for hypertension, though in one case the improvement was not
significantly better than use of traditional herbal medicines.
Supplements for Lowering Blood Pressure
Coenzyme Q10 100 mg BID ] Taking coenzyme Q10 may have a significant
impact on blood pressure
Qunol Ultra CoQ10 – 100% Soluble Coq10 100mg – 3X Better Absorption Coenzyme Q10 – 120 Softgels (4 Month Supply)
Fish Oil 3 to 15 grams daily omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, the
omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, have been repeatedly shown to
lower blood pressure.
NKO Neptune Krill Oil Gold, 500mg, 60 Softgels (100% Pure NKO Neptune Krill Oil with Astaxanthin) #1 in Omega 3 Krill Oil Supplements
Pycnogenol 100 to 200 mg per day Pycnogenol has been shown to
reduce systolic blood pressure in people with mild hypertension.
Soy 10 grams soy protein or 16 ounces soy milk BID Supplementing
with soy protein may significantly lower blood pressure. Try to get non-
Twinlabs Pycnogenol 50mg, 60 Capsules
Asteraceae 15 to 20 drops of an herbal tincture BID In one trial, people
with mild hypertension who took a tincture of Achillea wilhelmsii
experienced significant reductions in both systolic and diastolic blood
Calcium 800 to 1,500 mg daily Calcium supplementation has been
shown to lower blood pressure in people with hypertension.
Vitafusion Calcium, Gummy Vitamins For Adults, 500 mg, 100-Count
Garlic 600 to 900 mg of a daily herbal extract Taking garlic may improve
heart and blood vessel health and may help lower blood pressure.
Kyolic Garlic Formula 100 Original Cardiovascular Formula (300 Capsules)
Hawthorn 1,200 mg per day of an herbal extract standardized to 2.2%
flavonoids Hawthorn leaf and flower extracts have been reported to
have a mild blood pressure–lowering effect.
Magnesium 350 to 500 mg daily Taking magnesium may lower blood
pressure, especially in people who are taking potassium-depleting diuretics.
Nature Made High Potency Magnesium 400 mg – 150 Liquid Softgels
Melatonin Take under medical supervision: 2 mg daily of sustainedreleased
supplment at night [2 stars] For people with nighttime hypertension,
supplementing with melatonin may reduce nighttime systolic
Nature’s Bounty Melatonin, 3 mg, 240 Tablets
Olive Leaf Refer to label instructions Olive leaf has been used traditionally
to treat people with hypertension. In animal studies a constituent
of olive leaf has decreased blood pressure and dilated arteries surrounding
the heart when given by injection.
Nature’s Way Olive Leaf 20% Oleuropein, 60 Vcaps
Vitamin D (Vitamin D Deficiency) 800 IU daily In one trial, women
with low blood levels of vitamin D who were given calcium supplement
plus vitamin D experienced significantly reduced systolic blood pressure.
Rainbow Light Vitamin D3, 1000 IU Sunny Gummy, 100-Count
Vitamin E 200 IU daily In a study of people with high blood pressure,
vitamin E was significantly more
effective than placebo at reducing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Kirkland Signature Vitamin E 400 IU, 500 Softgels
Arginine Refer to label instructions The amino acid arginine is needed
by the body to make nitric oxide, a substance that allows blood vessels
to dilate, thus reducing blood pressure. Arginine given orally and IV has
been reported to help reduce blood pressure. See also Proargi-9.
Coleus Refer to label instructions Forskolin, the active ingredient in
Coleus forskohlii, has lowered
blood pressure in a trial with people suffering from cardiomyopathy.
Coleus Forskohlii Extract – Advanced Weight Loss | Standardized to 10% Forskolin | 100% Pure Premium Coleus Forskohlii Root Extract | 100mg – 60 veggie capsules
Indian Snakeroot Refer to label instructions Indian snakeroot contains
powerful alkaloids that affect
blood pressure. It has been used traditionally to treat hypertension,
especially when associated with stress and anxiety.
Teeter Creek Button Snake Root Tincture (1 oz.)
L-Tryptophan Refer to label instructions The brain chemical serotonin
may affect blood pressure regulation, and animal research suggests its
precursur L-tryptophan may help prevent and manage hypertension.
Source Naturals L-Tryptophan 500mg, 120 Capsules
Mistletoe Refer to label instructions European mistletoe has reduced
headaches and dizziness associated with high blood pressure, according
to preliminary research, and has a small blood pressure-lowering effect.
Onion Refer to label instructions Onion may have a mild blood pressure-
lowering effect, according to preliminary research.
Mistletoe European – Soothes the nervous system, 2 oz,(Health Herbs)
Reishi Refer to label instructions One trial reported that reishi mushrooms
significantly lowered blood pressure.
New Chapter Lifeshield Reishi, 60 Vcaps
Taurine Refer to label instructions Research has found that supplementing
with taurine lowers blood pressure in people, possibly by reducing
levels of the hormone epinephrine (adrenaline)
Vitamin C Refer to label instructions Some doctors recommend that
people with hypertenstion supplement with vitamin C, which has been
found to have a blood pressure–lowering effect.
Now Foods Taurine 1000Mg, 100-Capsules
Proargi-9 Plus A simple way to supplement to promote lowered blood
pressure and general circulatory health is Proargi-9 Plus, a supplement
that combines L-Arginine and other beneficial natural substances in an
easy-to-take, patented formula that is proven very effective in lowering
Each of these is an electronic device used in the drug-free treatment of
high blood pressure. They have been used with great success by many
people. See videos for more information on each.
Squeezing grips connected to an electronic monitor is thought to relax
the autonomic nervous system, improve artery health, and increase
natural production of nitric oxide.
By breathing while monitored by this device for 15 minutes a few days
per week, blood pressure can be significantly reduced with no drugs.
RESPeRATE Ultra Blood Pressure Lowering Device, One User
By attaching clips to acupuncture points on the ears blood pressure is
naturally regulated and decreased.
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