If your blood pressure has been creeping up chances are your doc is nagging you about it.
Maybe he’s even already suggesting you start taking an ACE inhibitor.
Don’t do it. Well, at least not until you’ve read this first.
Because if you make that decision without knowing all the facts, it could be the last one you ever make.
Why? Because new research has revealed taking ACE inhibitors could have deadly consequences.
ACE inhibitors linked to cancer
Now we’ve already known these Big Pharma cash cows could be risky, of course.
Ace inhibitors are associate d with…
- an overactive inflammatory response
- kidney problems
- high levels of potassium in the blood
And, believe it or not, in some folks they can even cause blood pressure to plummet too low.
But this new research has revealed the most shocking potential side effect of all… death.
Because according to researchers at McGill University in Montreal, taking ACE inhibitors could increase your risk of developing deadly lung cancer.
Blood pressure drugs aren’t a best FIRST solution
Now there’s no doubt that high blood pressure is a problem that can’t be ignored. It too can have dangerous and deadly consequences.
But here’s the thing. If you aren’t in a high-risk group and you only have a mild case of hypertension, heavy-duty drugs are seldom the best solution.
Talk with your doctor about drug-free solutions to turning things around first. Starting with some small changes which could lead to a BIG change in your numbers.
Improve hypertension without blood pressure drugs
Following are five natural ways t o improve your numbers without blood pressure drugs. And the good news is they’re so simple you won’t mind adopting them right away.
1. Romaine lettuce:
The darker leafy greens get most of the attention. But romaine lettuce is high in circulation-friendly potassium.
Potassium works with your kidneys to filter excess sodium out of your system. And for folks who are salt sensitive lower sodium can lead to lower blood pressure.
Add romaine to your salads. Toss it on top of your sandwiches. And you can even use the larger leaves to replace hamburger buns or make simple lettuce wraps.
Beets are an overlooked superfood with bunches of benefits. But one of the humble root vegetable’s most impressive feats is its ability to help us regulate our blood pressure.
Beets are high in certain nutrients which your body can turn into nitric oxide. And as you may recall nitric oxide naturally opens blood vessels. Which means improved circulation and lower blood pressure.
Plus, according to research conducted at Queen Mary University of London, the natural nitrates in beets can help lower blood pressure in as little as 24 hours.
You may already know that flaxseeds are a great source of heart-healthy omega-3s. But it turns out these tiny little nuggets of nutrition could be a solution to your mild hypertension specifically.
A study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, points to flaxseed as a natural blood pressure cure. Researchers analyzed data from several different studies and found the seeds could help reduce both systolic (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number) blood pressures when taken for at least 12 weeks.
4. Vitamin D:
I started telling you about the link between vitamin D and healthy blood pressure nearly a decade ago now. And more and more folks are finally getting the message.
Placebo-controlled studies conducted at the University College London and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found getting as much as 4000 IU of vitamin D3 a day could significantly lower blood pressure.
Head outside without sunblock for around 15 to 20 minutes a day to help top up your D levels. And during the winter months consider taking a D supplement.
Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is both a powerful antioxidant and a fuel source for our cells.
This vital enzyme protects your heart, artery, and blood cells against free-radical damage. And at the same time, CoQ10 helps keep your arteries elastic lowering your blood pressure.
You can raise your CoQ10 naturally by eating more beef, pork mackerel, and yellowtail. Supplements are also available. Look for one that combines both the ubiquinone and ubiquinol forms if possible.
And since CoQ10 can be very effective, be sure to check in with your doctor before combining it with any current blood pressure drugs you are on, so you don’t risk your pressure dropping too low.
If you’re suffering from mild hypertension and don’t have any other risk factors, don’t make dangerous Ace inhibitor drugs your first stop. Try these easy, natural solutions instead.
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