Shocking research has revealed that the most commonly used drugs for lowering blood pressure actually raise it. That’s right, the drugs that most hypertension patients count on are actually putting them in harm’s way.
And in an ironic twist of fate, another study finds that one simple, natural remedy could drastically lower your blood pressure in just three hours.
Best selling hypertension meds found to elevate blood pressure
Research shows that the most commonly prescribed drugs for hypertension are making the problem worse. The study–published in the American Journal of Hypertension–followed the progress of 945 patients over 17 years.
The patients were given one of two antihypertensive drugs. One was a calcium channel blocker which lowers blood volume. The other was a beta blocker, or ACE inhibitor. These are often called “R” drugs, which lower levels of renin. Renin is an enzyme secreted by the kidneys and plays a key role in maintaining blood pressure.
The study showed that the drugs actually spiked blood pressure. The highest spikes were found in patients with low renin levels who were taking the R drugs.
Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University say doctors are too quick to use a one-drug-treats-all option. They suggest that they need to be careful when choosing treatments for their patients.
“Every clinician knows that there’s a variation in response to antihypertensive treatment,” says study author Michael Alderman, MD. Dr. Alderman is the former president of the American Society of Hypertension. “Some patients will have an elevation in blood pressure.”
Up until now, rising blood pressure in medication patients has often been blamed on patients not taking their drugs. Other times doctors chalk it up to random events.
“But this data shows that it’s not a random event,” Aldrman says. “It’s due to a mismatch between the patients’ renin status and the drug.”
Root remedy offers hope for controlling blood pressure without drugs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say one in three Americans over the age of 20 has hypertension. And over 40 million people wind up in hospital each year with it.
According to the American Heart Association, high blood pressure increases your risk for:
- Heart attack
- Kidney failure
- Peripheral artery disease
And while doctors are prescribing drugs that make the problem worse, one simple root could make it better.
A UK study – published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension – found that beetroot juice can significantly lower high blood pressure.
The study was conducted by the famous Queen Mary’s William Harvey Research Institute and headed up by Professor Amrita Ahluwalia.
Researchers gave beetroot juice to healthy volunteers. They compared their blood pressure responses and the biochemical changes in their circulation. And what they found was very good news indeed for people with hypertension. Not only does beetroot juice lower blood pressure… it does it quickly.
Professor Ahluwalia found that patients lowered their blood pressure within three hours of drinking their daily dose! And the effects last for 24 hours.
And the best thing is that the root works best for those who need it most. Researchers found that “the higher the blood pressure, the greater the decrease.”
That’s great news for a whole lot of people. Just like the US, one in three adults in the UK suffer from hypertension. And the Blood Pressure Association says over 30 percent of sufferers don’t even know they have it. That’s too bad since it leads to over 350 “preventable” strokes or heart attacks every day.
Researchers also tested a second group of patients with daily nitrate tablets. They too were able to lower their blood pressure. It’s possible that the high nitrate content in beetroot is one of the reasons why it’s so effective in lowering blood pressure. And why the research group believe it’s about to become the “next super food.”
“Beeting” out the competition with beetroot
Beetroot is rich in antioxidants. It contains iron, boron, and folic acid. It also contains betanene, which is responsible for i’s vivid violet color. Betanene is a super antioxidant that’s more potent than polyphenols. Polyphenols are believed to be the reason that diets rich in leafy vegetables lower blood pressure.
Research team member Professor Ben Benjamin says that beetroot absorbs and stores super high levels of nitrate. These are found in soil and our bodies use them in its battle against blood pressure.
“When nitrate is present in saliva, bacteria on the tongue converts it into nitrite,” he says. “When the nitrite is swallowed, it’s converted into nitric oxide.”
Nitric oxide is a chemical produced by our blood vessels to help them relax and lower blood pressure.
“Increasing the levels of nitrate with beetroot juice increases this effect,” he says.
The study also found beetroot juice works in a similar way as aspirin, but without the side effects. It prevents blood clots and protects the lining of blood vessels.
True blood pressure control using beetroot
“Currently, treatment for high blood pressure involves a cocktail of aspirin, statins, beta blockers, and angiotensin converting enzyme [ACE] inhibitors,” says Professor Benjamin. “People don’t like taking all the tablets. They don’t feel well and the treatment is lifelong.”
But he says beetroot is a healthy and safe alternative to all that. And people are already putting it to the test.
Sixty-year-old David Kelsall, from Stoke-on-Trent, England, was amazed by the results.
“I discovered my blood pressure was high when my doctor was testing for something else,” he says. “It was not life-threatening, but I was anxious to do something about it.”
He was considering drugs when he read the reports about beetroot juice.
“I drank three bottles of it a week,” he says. “Less than four weeks [later], my blood pressure had already leveled out. Now, a few months later, it is under control and normal. I am still drinking the juice, and I’m going to continue doing so. It may not help everyone, but it’s helped me.”
Getting beetroot into YOUR diet
Beetroot has a medium glycemic index score of 64… but this doesn’t need to be a problem for most folks. That’s because you only need to have a very small amount of beetroot juice to lower your blood pressure.
“We found that only a small amount of juice is needed – just 250ml – to have this effect,” says Professor Ahluwalia.
Some experts say beetroot is better at beating blood pressure problems than any drug. Here’s a simple recipe for getting beetroot it into your own diet.:
|Beat High Blood Pressure Beet Juice|
|This recipe couldn’t be more simple. And while the flavor of this juice is what some folks might call “earthy” it’s far tastier than you might imagine.
• Drop all the ingredients into your juicer
It’s as simple as that!
Ian Robinson is a member of the Natural Health Dossier independent research team. The Natural Health Dossier newsletter scours the world for the most crucial, cutting-edge discoveries made by the best doctors and researchers in natural and alternative medicine.
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