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Hypertension often has no symptoms, but some people feel dizziness , frequent headaches and nosebleeds, some report hearing blood rush in ears. There is often no known cause of high blood pressure, but there are certain conditions associated with it.

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

Many people around the world have high blood pressure (hypertension).  This is often defined as blood pressure greater than 120/80 mm Hg. Pre-hypertension is usually defined as the systolic pressure between 120 and 129 and/or the diastolic pressure between 80 and 89. Stage 1 hypertension is the next level, and is defined as the systolic pressure from140 to 159 and/or diastolic pressure from 90 to 99.  Finally, Stage 2 hypertension is a systolic pressure greater than 160 and/or a diastolic pressure of 100 or higher.  

hypertension.jpgFish oil, with the fatty acids EPA and DHA, can reduce the triglycerides often associated with high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Folic acid (or folate) and niacin are B vitamins that have been used to control blood pressure. Niacin also helps to lower cholesterol, which may be the way it helps patients with high blood pressure.

I often recommend a B-complex vitamin supplement though, because many people are deficient in a variety of B-vitamins.

Another useful supplement to control blood pressure is l-arginine, an amino acid. Arginine is a vasodilator—opening up the blood vessels and lowering blood pressure that way.

There are many herbs and foods that can be used to lower blood pressure—these include garlic, celery, sage, hyssop, lemon balm, lavender, marjoram, skullcap and yarrow.  Others are ginkgo biloba, cayenne pepper and coleus.

I often recommend at least 4 stalks of celery a day—and have seen significant drops in blood pressure. Herbs like garlic, sage, marjoram and cayenne can be added to foods or taken separately as supplements. 

There are other herbs—the cardioactive herbs—that should only be used by a trained professional.  It is also important—as always—to let all your health care professionals know what herbs and supplements you are taking. 

With the cardioactive herbs—such as hawthorne (Crataegus), motherwort (Leonurus), foxglove (Digitalis), lily of the valley (Convallaria), European mistletoe (Viscum album), Rauwolfia and others—it is absolutely essential to talk to a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner.  These herbs can interact—sometimes dangerously—with various medications.

There are also some herbs to avoid—these include licorice (Glycerrhiza—though that is controversial, I’d still recommend people with moderate to severe hypertension to avoid it), ephedra (Ma Huang), rosemary (Rosmarinus) and blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroide), St Johns wort (Hypericum), ginseng and ginger (Zingiber).

Overall, the best approach to natural treatment of high blood pressure is a solid-nutrient rich and low fat diet, exercise, stress reduction and a selective use of herbs, minerals, vitamins and other supplements.

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