I hate to start off an article by giving you bad news but the truth is that if you don't keep your blood pressure in line then you are begging for trouble. If you have known individuals who have had issues with high blood pressure then you are aware that it can affect your heart. However, your blood pressure can also affect other major organs in your body from your kidneys to your eyes to your brain.
Despite the discouraging news, it is possible possible to live a life of great quality. Our ultimate goal is to experience good health by living disease free. It is possible to control your blood pressure but there are a few things that you will need to do. There are also certain supplements and foods that you can take to give you a leg up on an excellent blood pressure level.
You need to take your blood pressure seriously and take precautions because you can cause damage to your body long before you begin to notice symptoms. It is always better to take preventative measures than it is to try to correct a problem. It is better to make changes to prevent a possible heart attack or stroke than it is to make changes in the wake of either one of those potentially deadly events.Â One of the things that you can do is to take supplements and foods to lower blood pressure.
Why does blood pressure affect your heart and other major organs in your body? Well the answer to this is very simple. The heart and other major organs (brain, kidneys, etc) are dependent on blood flow to function at peak efficiency. In order to get the best blood flow they rely on arteries that are smooth, flexible and strong. These characteristics provide the greatest blood flow to your organs.
If you have an increased blood pressure then you can damage the interior of your arteries. This damage can in turn lead to what is commonly referred to as hardening of the arteries. The medical term for this is atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a dangerous condition that can lead to stroke or heart disease. It can also lead to a major problem called an aneurysm. What happens is that the constant buildup of pressure can lead to constricted blood flow. This in turn can cause sections of your arteries to enlarge and even rupture.
The same can happen with other organs. You can actually do damage to your kidneys if your high blood pressure goes unchecked. It might also affect your vision as well.
Now modern medicine has attempted to deal with the issue of high blood pressure. There are many different medications out on the market but these medications have a great multiplicity of side effects. Do you pay attention to the advertisements on TV for the pharmaceutical companies? It has to make you wonder if you would rather deal with the problem itself rather than endure the side effects that they list as potential problems.
But the fact is that many of the medications that are used to treat high blood pressure do indeed have side effects. You might experience weakness, depression, a feeling of constant tiredness and kidney damage. Men might also experience impotence. It becomes sort of a sad and tragic Catch -22 situation. If you take medication for your blood pressure that leads to kidney damage, impotence or depression then you will then begin taking medication for that problem. They will probably change your high blood pressure medication but only to replace it with yet another. Wouldn't it be much more pleasant and safe if you could improve your blood pressure naturally without the need for drugs? Many people do this with the use of supplements and inexpensive foods.
The first step that you need to take, however, is to actually get a measurement of your blood pressure. I would recommend that you buy a home blood pressure kit that you can use at any time you would like. But many drug stores such as Walgreens or CVC or Rite Aid have free blood pressure cuffs that you can use if you don't want to spend the money.
So what is an acceptable blood pressure range? The normal blood pressure range is normally considered to be a reading where your systolic number (top number) is less than 120 and your diastolic number (bottom number) is less than 80. Of course, there is a point that is too low as well but that is another problem. If your blood pressure runs up to 139 over 99 then you are borderline. Even most doctors will suggest that you try to lower your blood pressure through diet and exercise when you are at this level. However, if you are over this level then you have a problem and if your systolic pressure is over 160 and your diastolic pressure is over 100 then you have a serious problem. You need to take action immediately so it does not become a more serious problem. However, regardless of whether you have a problem or not you should take some of the foods and supplements listed below.
Supplements to Lower Blood Pressure
Recent studies have show that garlic can help relax blood vessel tension. The less tension there is in your arteries the better the blood will flow. Garlic is very easy to get a hold of. We keep a large jar of fresh garlic in our refrigerator. I also try to grow some in my home garden.
Studies have shown blood pressure improvement for those that have taken this supplement. CoQ10 is a supplement that doesn't affect your arteries directly but provides your heart with energy to effectively pump blood. The better you heart pumps blood the better your blood pressure will be.
Fish oil may not have the impact on blood pressure that other supplements may but it has been shown to have a slight affect. There is an ingredient in fish oil (DHA) that has shown some evidence of lowering your blood pressure.
Hawthorn is very much like garlic. It helps to relax the blood vessels. It works in a similar fashion to some pharmaceuticals called ACE inhibitors. However, hawthorn does not have the dangerous side effects of those medications. Studies have shown that hawthorn in particular has the ability to lower diastolic pressure.
This antioxidant is found in foods such as onions, kale, apples, and red grapes. If you want more quercetin then you need to eat more fruits and leafy green vegetables. You can buy a supplement from a supplement store but you can also get it through your diet.
There are other supplements such as calcium and potassium that may also give you a benefit.