Over 10. That’s how many drugs the average 75-year-old American senior is taking. And one in three 65-year-olds is well on their way with five or more prescriptions.
Some of those drugs may be needed. And some may be literally life-saving. But there’s no question we’re an overmedicated nation.
Doctor’s generally mean well. They WANT you to stay healthy. So all too often, they jump the gun. They put you on a drug before trying more conservative and natural approaches first.
And one of the most common culprits is blood pressure drugs.
A few years ago, a couple of major heart organizations adopted new guidelines that suddenly defined 46 percent of Americans as having high blood pressure. And lots of folks ended up on the meds who never needed them in the past.
But some recent research could help change your doc’s mind.
An exciting study found there may be a way to get those blood pressure med benefits without the risks. And an extract from an ordinary salad staple could be the key.
Potent tomato extract targets blood pressure
Believe it or not, I’m talking about the common tomato.
It turns out this ancient fruit isn’t just delicious in salads or topping burgers. It may also potentially help you ditch the blood pressure drugs. Or at least an EXTRACT from it could.
Tomatoes contain a potent compound called lycopene. Research has found this multi-tasking nutrient could help keep us healthy in a bunch of ways, including…
- protecting against cognitive decline
- strengthening bones
- enhancing vision
- fighting cancer
- easing neuropathic pain
- fighting aging oxidative stress
But it turns out lycopene wasn’t done showing off. Because researchers now say the extract may have the potential to help some folks avoid blood pressure drugs and their sickening side effects.
Avoid blood pressure drugs with lycopene?
Volunteers in the study all started out with top number (systolic) BP levels of 130-140 mmHg. That’s considered either stage 1 hypertension or pre-hypertension because there are still conflicting standards out there.
After just eight weeks of taking 15 mg of lycopene a day, their blood pressure had dropped dramatically.
The systolic number had plummeted 10 points on average. While the bottom number (diastolic) ticked down an impressive five points.
And ironically, when a synthetic version of the natural extract was tried, it bombed. Only the real deal led to those impressive improvements.
Now typically I’d tell you to get something natural like this directly FROM nature if possible. And tomatoes as well as watermelon, pink grapefruit, papaya, and red cabbage (to name just a few) all, DO contain good amounts of the compound.
But none contain nearly enough to match the amount in the study. For that, you’re going to need a supplement too. Just be sure to check in with your doc first for the thumbs up.