Mainstream medicine has gotten good at reducing high blood pressure. Heavy-duty drugs can quickly send your numbers plummeting.
But those artificially produced low levels can come at a steep cost.
Common side effects include fatigue, headaches, constipation, erection problems and a chronic cough. And for many users, the worst of all is constantly feeling lightheaded or dizzy.
The truth is for many folks basement-low blood pressure levels can feel far worse than their high blood pressure ever did. And if that’s you and you’re looking for a more subtle approach, natural high-blood-pressure solutions could be the answer.
Or if you have borderline high blood pressure and aren’t on any meds yet, they might be able to help assure you never have to start.
Natural high blood pressure solutions
Check with your doctor first, of course. And then consider giving one, or more, of these science-backed nutrients a try.
1. Vitamin C:
Experts say in some cases vitamin C may be able to bring your blood pressure down. This easy to find but powerful antioxidant works by targeting cholesterol.
When it comes to cholesterol there’s typically a lot of focus placed on low-density lipoprotein or LDL cholesterol. But as I’ve explained before oxidized LDL or oxLDL, is a far bigger threat.
When LDL becomes oxidized, it causes significantly more damage to the tissues lining your blood vessel walls. And as your body tries to repair that damage it leads to plaque buildup and stiff arteries which drives your blood pressure up.
But this is where vitamin C can help. The common antioxidant helps prevent free radicals from oxidizing the LDL cholesterol. Which in turn keeps your arteries flexible so your blood pressure doesn’t rise.
Vitamin C rich foods include bell peppers, strawberries and citrus fruits. And vitamin C supplements are widely available. Experts typically recommend 1000 mg twice a day for best results.
Stiff inflexible arteries causes your blood pressure to climb. But the more elastic your arteries are the less likely it will be for you to experience high blood pressure. And it turns out magnesium could lend a hand in that department.
The mineral works its magic by targeting the smooth muscle that surrounds your arteries. The magnesium encourages them to relax. And this, in turn, triggers your arteries to dilate leading to a drop in blood pressure as your blood freely flows through.
Stock up on leafy green veggies such as spinach, collard greens and kale to raise your magnesium levels through your diet. Not a big leafy greens fan? Give almonds, cashews, black beans, peanuts and even dark chocolate a try.
To bring your blood pressure down most experts recommend 300 to 500 mg daily. But keep in mind if you opt for a supplement magnesium can cause loose bowels in some folks. So you might want to divide your dosage and take half in the morning and a half in the evening to be safe.
If l-arginine sounds a little familiar, that may be because I’ve written about it before. At that time, I was making suggestions for heating things back up in the bedroom.
But it turns out l-arginine may be able to help with your blood pressure for the very same reason it helps when it’s time to get frisky. And that’s blood flow.
This amino acid is the precursor to blood vessel dilating nitric acid. And boosting your l-arginine levels can allow easier blood flow reducing your blood pressure.
Two grams two to three times a day is a typical recommended dosage. And you can boost your l-arginine levels by eating more turkey, pork loin, chicken and pumpkin seeds too.
But don’t stop with these three nutrients. Other tried-and-true natural methods for reducing blood pressure include…
- regular exercise
- weight loss
- stress reduction (try deep breathing, tai chi, meditation or yoga)
- quitting added sugar
- reducing junk salt (stick with organic sea salt or Himalayan if you’re not salt sensitive)
You should absolutely take your high blood pressure seriously. Left uncontrolled it can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications including eye disease, impotence, stroke, heart attack and kidney disease.
Get your doc’s thumbs up and give these natural solutions a try.
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