High blood pressure (HBP) drugs are big business in the medical industry. But they pose risks that include everything from minor ailments like heartburn to life-threatening consequences like kidney damage.
But a Cambridge-trained scientist says one simple remedy could send your stroke risk plummeting by an incredible 34 percent. His findings have been reviewed by Harvard Medical School and they’ve given them the thumbs up.
Professor Graham MacGregor found a natural remedy. One that does the same job as drugs, but without any of the risks.
MacGrego is a professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at St. George’s University of London. And he’s the Chairman of the Blood Pressure Association of the U.K.
Seeking a natural remedy for stroke
Prof. MacGregor and his team have shown that you really can effectively and safely lower blood pressure with a natural remedy.
Potassium chloride is the main component in HBP drugs, so the team looked at dietary potassium. And for the first time they directly compared the two side-by-side.
The potassium in certain foods is different than what you’ll find in drugs. It’s potassium citrate rather than chloride. But the results were essentially identical.
“Increasing [dietary] potassium [has] the same effect on blood pressure as potassium chloride,” says Prof. MacGregor.
His team’s conclusion? They believe that modern diets are the root cause of HBP.
“Until recently, humans consumed a diet high in potassium,” said MacGregor. “However, with the increase of processed food, there has been a large decrease in potassium intake.”
He says processed foods have potassium stripped out. Plus we’re eating far fewer fruits and vegetables these days, replacing them with potassium-lite carbs and grains.
In fact, Prof. MacGregor says our potassium intake is now “only one third of our evolutionary intake.”
Several other clinical studies back this up.
Research supports low potassium stroke link
These studies show that a high-potassium diet lowers blood pressure.
For example, a research team at the Hypertension Unit of Ben Gurion University in Israel have revealed a dramatic related finding.
They conducted several trials to see how tomato extract affects blood pressure.
They took 54 people with HBP. They treated half of them with tomato extract. The other half received a placebo.
People taking the tomato extract averaged a reduction of more than 10 mmHg in systolic pressure (the top number on your blood pressure reading) and more than 5 mmHg in diastolic pressure (the lower number).
That’s a dramatic increase. A further study showed that a reduction of just 5 mmHg can decrease your risk of stroke by 34 percent.
Take control of your blood pressure
So what can you do to lower your blood pressure? Simple dietary changes can really make a difference.
Potassium rich foods include…
- and honeydews.
But we recommend your primary source of potassium be tomatoes because those other foods have a high glycemic score that triggers a hormonal response and weight gain. And weight gain, of course, is also a factor in HBP.
So stick with tomatoes and try to eat them at least twice a day to help lower your blood pressure.
Be sure to combine your potassium rich foods with light exercise and a healthy, low-carb, high-protein diet. Research shows that losing just 10 pounds can dramatically lower your blood pressure.
Michael Jelinek is the managing editor of the Natural Health Dossier newsletter. The 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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