Think high blood pressure can only be cured with drugs? Well think again. This post will show you how to conquer this disease using natural methods.
Over 35 million people in the U.S. have high blood pressure or hypertension as it is sometimes called. And get this, the so-called African American Black develops this condition at twice the rate of Caucasians. The reason for this difference is not known. One of the bad things about this condition is that you probably won’t know that you have hypertension until you develop symptoms and complications. These symptoms may include fatigue, headache, nosebleed, dizziness, flushing of the face, nervousness, and eye damage.
High blood pressure is defined as the elevation of blood pressure above 140 mm Hg for systolic pressure; or above 90 mm Hg for diastolic pressure. Systolic pressure is the pressure exerted on the arteries and veins when the heart contracts and forces blood throughout the body. Diastolic pressure is the pressure exerted when the heart relaxes after contracting.
Hypertension may be caused by kidney disease, arteriosclerosis, food allergies, or endocrine gland disorders. However, the most common cause of hypertension is magnesium deficiency. Because of this, hypertension is usually found in people with kidney stones, osteoporosis, arthritis, and muscle cramps. Also obesity is a usual indicator of hypertension, and it is also a sign of mineral deficiencies
Combating Hypertension–What You Can Do
Here is a list of herbs that have shown to help fight this condition:
Cayenne. Cayenne, or red pepper, as an herbal remedy has been used for ages to aid circulatory and digestive problems. It strengthens the heart beat and the body’s metabolism. Cayenne acts as a powerful stimulant to the cardiovascular and nervous systems. It causes the blood vessels which supply oxygen and other nutrients to the heart and other organs to expand. Cayenne also contains powerful antioxidants which have been shown to reduce triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
Mix cayenne powder with your vegetable juice or in your food to lower blood pressure. It can also help you lose weight. Researchers at Oxford Polytechnic Institute in England had obese patients add 1 teaspoon of red-pepper sauce to every meal. The study showed that this red-hot herb raised metabolic rates up to 25%. And a higher metabolism, of course, burns more calories. So make it hot and spicy by adding this herb to your meals to zap fat and for heart health.
Apple cider vinegar. While not an herb per se, apple cider vinegar nonetheless is considered heart-healthy. It has been used as an aid in regulating blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and improving metabolism. Apple cider vinegar contains apple pectin. The pectin in apple cider vinegar helps to control weight by lowering the amount of fat and cholesterol the body absorbs. It also contains minerals such as potassium, chloride, calcium and magnesium. Minerals your body needs in order to properly regulate blood pressure. To get the greatest benefit from apple cider vinegar make sure you get the unfiltered brand from the health food store. Take 3 tablespoons a day. Or, you can use it to make Super Tonic–an all-purpose health formula that, YAH-willing, I will teach you how to make.
Hawthorn berries. Hawthorn berries come from a common shrub of the rose family. Hawthorn berries work by improving blood circulation, relieving spasms of the arterial walls, and increasing the heart efficiency in pumping blood. It lowers blood cholesterol levels and lowers high blood pressure by reducing the constriction of blood vessels that directly feed the heart. Hawthorn berries also act as potent antioxidants which neutralize free radicals(which cause cell damage) and they strengthen blood vessels reducing their susceptibility to damage. Hawthorn berries are a delicious way for anyone to reduce their risk of heart disease. They seem to work especially well for those who cannot tolerate conventional heart drugs.
Hawthorn berries can be eaten fresh or juiced. They can also be taken as herbal extracts. A high-quality tincture of this berry is preferable over tablets or capsules. The best way to take this herb year-round is to create our own tincture using the freshest berries you can find. Tinctures can last for years since they usually contain alcohol as a preservative. The suggested dosage for hawthorn tincture is 12 drops in liquid or under the tongue, 1-3 times a day. Hopefully, soon I will be able to show you how to make your own tinctures in an upcoming video.
Garlic. Garlic is considered a diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, and a stimulant. It is used to combat infection–it is anti-viral and anti-fugal. It is used to treat eczema, skin rashes, indigestion, urinary tract infections, respiratory ailments, joint pain and stiffness, fight high cholesterol (LDL) and it supports the circulatory system (heart). Garlic can be taken orally with meals 3 times a day, i.e., 1 garlic clove per meal. It can also be juiced and added to vegetable juices and other tonics. For example, I juice 2-3 large cloves and add them to carrot juice.
In order to be activated, the garlic clove must be bruised. Bruising or crushing the clove releases the active ingredient called allicin. Allicin is a sulphur compound. So if you plan to add raw garlic to your meals, slice them up first to release the allicin. Some folks buy the garlic tablets. But why buy the imitation when you can get the real thing. I don’t recommend chewing raw garlic alone because it will burn the mouth. If you have an infection of the mouth, you can finely chop (use a garlic press) or juice the garlic clove and add it to an ounce of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Swish it around in your mouth for a minute or so and swallow.
Omega-3 Oils. Get more omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are good for your heart, help you lose weight, and reduce the inflammation associated with gout. The best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids are chia seeds and flaxseed oil. Take 2 tablespoons of chia seeds a day (you can try the black or white seeds; they are the same). If you decide to try flaxseeds, consume 3 tablespoons of the ground up seeds (the seeds must be ground up before they can be eaten).
Here is a list of supplement you should be taking to battle high blood pressure:
Coenzyme Q10. CoQ10 is a naturally-occurring substance which is necessary for energy production in our cells. Whenever CoQ10 levels drop in any given organ, health problems begin to develop in those organs. In addition, as we get older our CoQ10 levels begin to fall. It also decreases even more precipitously in those who develop heart disease. In fact, the greater the severity of heart disease, the lower the level of CoQ10 found in the heart. Interestingly enough, many prescription cholesterol-lowering drugs can actually deplete the body’s store of CoQ10, especially in the heart. A study by researchers in Japan in the 1980s as reported in the American Journal of Cardiology showed that patients who took CoQ10 cut the number of angina attacks they experienced by 50%. Angina is discomfort, heaviness, or pressure in the chest or throat that often accompanies heart disease.
Belgian studies have shown CoQ10 to be very effective in treating patients who have suffered heart attacks. After a heart attack, the heart begins to deteriorate. However, in these studies, patients who took 100 mg of CoQ10 daily over a period of 3 months were able to increase heart muscle strength. This is amazing! But the good news doesn’t stop there. CoQ10 has been shown to lower high blood pressure. Experts recommend that persons over 40 should consume at least 10 milligrams of CoQ10 daily. Those suffering from heart disease should consume even more. CoQ10 can be found in foods such as sardines, nuts, spinach, beef, pork, chicken. However, to get the amount recommended by experts one would need to take supplements.
Supplements to take to combat HBP:
- Folic acid 20 to 50 milligrams per day.
- Magnesium chloride at 800 mg per day. Note that magnesium is more important than calcium in your diet because magnesium controls how calcium is utilized in the body. Over-consumption of calcium can lead to a depletion of magnesium in your body and to cell death. Since high doses of magnesium chloride can cause diarrhea, the two best ways to get it are to take it transdermally by rubbing magnesium oil on your body; and to take it as magnesium water.
- Niacinamide. This is a B vitamin not to be confused with niacin. I repeat, you want to buy NIACINAMIDE, not niacin. Niacin is also a B vitamin but it causes flushing; so stay away from it for now. Niacinamide, on the other hand, is great for stress and provides energy. Take 2000 to 3000 milligrams per day. I normally take 3,000 mg per day of this vitamin.
- Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6). Vitamin B6 supports more vital bodily functions than any other vitamin. Vitamin B6 is a coenzyme for several enzyme systems. Vitamin B6, is used mainly in the body for the processing of amino acids. It is vital in the metabolism of amino acids in the intestines. It allows the amino acids to be synthesized, broken down and absorbed. Suggested dosage is 250 mg per day.
- Vitamin E as “d-alpha-tocopherol” or “dl-alpha-tocopherol” 400 milligrams per day.
- Vitamin B-12 is a vitamin which is important for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood. It is normally involved in the metabolism of every cell of the body, especially affecting DNA synthesis and regulation, but also fatty acid synthesis and energy production. In addition, Vitamin B-12 fights depression and mood swing. The only problem with this vitamin is that it is not easily absorb by the body in supplemental form. The best way to get it is by consuming spirulina and chlorella.
In addition to these supplements, you need to raise your body’s pH by juicing vegetables. Also try to drink at least 32 ounces of lemon water a day. To make this lemon water, squeeze a half of lemon into each 8 ounce glass of water (needs to be purified or filtered water) you drink. This equates to four 8 ounce glasses of water. In the last glass of lemon water that you make, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda). Bicarbonate of soda is one of the most potent healers around. It can stop cancer and kidney disease right in their tracks.
Lastly, add an exercise to your routine–walking, swimming, and especially stretching. Be sure to reduce your consumption of processed foods, and eliminate margarine and products which contain high fructose corn syrup and monosodium glutamate (MSG). In fact, did you know that eliminating fructose and especially high fructose in your diet can significantly reduce hypertension? Read all food labels to be sure that they do not contain fructose or high fructose corn syrup.