Lowering Blood Pressure, A Journey: Part 2



        
UPDATED: Foods clinically tested that lower blood pressure. 
                                                                                  

Here's part 2 of what I found helped me lower my blood pressure. In addition to the Heart Pack (Contains CoQ10 and other important nutrients for blood pressure and cholesterol.)( Link to the study on the nutritional pack: www.FreiburgStudy.com
I did more research about diet. 




When dealing with high blood pressure, a major discipline to change is diet.
Most people with high blood pressure are told to stay away from salt but the major problem not mentioned is how sugar will raise your blood pressure! Including carbohydrates.



"In a research review published Dec. 11 in the BMJ journal Open Heart, James J. DiNicolantonio, PharmD, of Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, Mo., and Sean C. Lucan, MD, MPH, of Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York argued that the emphasis on lowering dietary sodium in guidelines aimed at reducing hypertension is misguided and not evidence-based.

"Added sugars probably matter more than dietary sodium for hypertension, and fructose in particular may uniquely increase cardiovascular risk by inciting metabolic dysfunction and increasing blood pressure variability, myocardial oxygen demand, heart rate, and inflammation," the authors wrote."


I used to get terrible sugar cravings but now I drink shakes that curb the cravings. They're engineered specifically to help actively support a healthy weight, strong cardiovascular system and normal blood sugar metabolism. This has helped me tremendously! I also take another supplement that specifically addresses inflammation.



In my journey to find alternatives I learned that I needed to also add different foods. There's a reason doctors, nutritionists and healthcare providers recommend fruits and vegetables...it's because they contain inorganic nitrates which convert to nitric oxide which relaxes and dilates blood vessels which voila! Lowers Blood Pressure!




Celery contains a phytochemical called phthalides. As an extract, it’s called NBP, and it relaxes the tissues of the artery walls to increase blood flow and reduce blood pressure. Eating the whole food, though, is better. Celery stalk salt content is low, and you also get fiber, magnesium and potassium to help regulate your blood pressure, as well.


“To get the benefit, you should eat roughly four stalks – one cup, chopped – of celery daily,” Dr. Shafer says.









Celery seed - Celery seed contains a compound call 3nb that has a beneficial effect on lowering blood pressure. this is particularly helpful for those individuals who are taking a diuretic type of blood pressure medication. It acts in 2 way: 1) as a vasodialator - it acts like a calcium channel blocker  balancing prostaglandins. In a research study the dosage was 150 mg per day.  (Prostaglandins are chemicals that control many important body processes, including regulating inflammation, pain and swelling, blood pressure, and heart, digestive and kidney function. 2) It acts like a diuretic reducing the volume of fluid in the arteries, but it doesn't alter the ratio of potassium and sodium in the blood.  Reference:Moghadam MH1, Imenshahidi M, Mohajeri SA. Antihypertensive effect of celery seed on rat blood pressure in chronic administration. J Med Food. 2013 Jun;16(6):558-63.

My doctor put me on a prescription diuretic and my legs felt weak and my heart was pounding 80 beats a minute. I spoke with the pharmacist and they said my blood pressure was probably going too low and my heart was trying to get it back up. So here is a natural way to lower blood pressure either the celery stalks or celery seeds.
 "This interesting study builds on previous research by this team and finds that a daily glass of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure in people with hypertension - even those whose high blood pressure was not controlled by drug treatment."

The researchers publish their findings in the journal "Hypertension".
Beetroot contains high levels of inorganic nitrate. Other leafy vegetables - such as lettuce and cabbage - also have high levels of the compound, which they take up from the soil through their roots.
In the human body, inorganic nitrate converts to nitric oxide, which relaxes and dilates blood vessels.

When preparing the beets; steam, roast or juice raw as boiling removes the nitric oxide.


Hibiscus Tea

Recent studies show that hibiscus tea can lower blood pressure as effectively as some standard hypertension drugs can. What I like about Hibiscus is that it is safe and, unlike most blood pressure drugs, rarely causes side effects. Plus, hibiscus plants can be grown in much of the United States, so you can actually grow your own blood pressure medicine.   several additional studies have confirmed this effect, including two that tested hibiscus head-to-head against standard blood pressure medications:
  • Scientists in Mexico gave 75 hypertensive adults either captopril (Capoten; 25 milligrams twice a day) or hibiscus tea (brewed from 10 grams of crushed dried flowers — about 5 teaspoons per 1 to 2 cups water — once a day). After four weeks, the herb had worked as well as the drug, with both groups showing an 11 percent drop in blood pressure.
  • In another study, the same researchers gave 193 people either lisinopril, (Zestril, Prinivil; 10 milligrams per day) or hibiscus (250 milligrams in the form of a capsule). After four weeks, the herb had worked almost as well as the drug: Blood pressure decreased 15 percent among those on the drug, and 12 percent among those taking hibiscus.
How does hibiscus lower blood pressure? 
 It has diuretic properties, it opens the arteries, and it appears to act as a natural angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, which means it slows the release of hormones that constrict blood vessels. In addition, hibiscus boosts immune function and provides valuable antioxidants.

Dose recommendations vary from about 1 teaspoon of dried “flowers” - the calyxes surrounding the flowers per cup of boiling water up to the 5 teaspoons used in one of the Mexican studies. Steep five to 10 minutes. If you have high blood pressure, you should own a home blood pressure monitor. Take readings before different doses and retest an hour later to see what works best for you. Check with your doctor prior to taking hibiscus if you’re currently on medication to lower blood pressure — often a combination of an herb and a lower dose of a pharmaceutical provides the same benefit.

Frontier is one of the best suppliers or organic herbs. I get the loose tea here but if you don't want to be bothered with using a tea ball or strainer, Davidson's also makes an organic hibiscus tea. 
I drink at least 2 cups a day of hibiscus tea and if I'm having a stressful day may have more.

Be sure to rinse your mouth with water to neutralize the high acid content so it does not erode the enamel on your teeth.


If you have no time to make tea, GAIA has an excellent hibiscus extract that has the same properties as the tea. You can shop around and probably find it cheaper. 
UPDATE: GAIA has discontinued making the hibiscus liquid extract capsules. I recently bought the dried herb in capsules from Swanson Vitamins I haven't tested it yet. If you do try it please comment below with your results.



DIURETICS
I spoke with the most wonderful pharmacist recently and she explained to me that usually the first line of treatment for high blood pressure are diureticsDiuretics help the body get rid of excess fluid, mainly water and sodium. Most stimulate the kidneys to 
excrete more sodium into the urine. When diuretics flush away sodium, the body also flushes away water from the body, which helps to relax the blood vessel walls, thereby lowering blood pressure.

So this beautiful hibiscus flower has more than its looks. The “roselle,” a species of hibiscus, had significant diuretic effects in one recent study

Because some diuretics can cause you to eliminate more potassium in your urine, be sure to supplement potassium in a natural form. I like V8 Low Sodium 8 ounces has 900 mg of potassium or home made tomato juice with 2 or 3 ripe tomatoes - 1 cup juice in my Vitamix has 437 mg potassium.






Hawthorn




This relative of the rose family is a powerful diuretic. Its can reduce fluid buildup, which means it can also improve symptoms of congestive heart failure. There are some great teas on the market. 








AmealPeptide, a lactotripeptide derived from casein, a milk protein has shown through 30 published studies including over a dozen double-blind, placebo-controlled human clinical trials — AmealPeptide helps maintain both systolic and diastolic blood pressure already within healthy limits and promotes arterial elasticity. I take one morning and night.


The company Calpis has a beverage from Japan with the lactotripeptide or fermented drink which started 40 years of research and creation of Amealpeptide It is now available in the USA. It's available at Amazon





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ITALIAN GRANA PADANO CHEESE


I've been researching lactotripeptides and how the "soured milk" is made with lactobacillus helveticus. I wanted to find out; could I make this fermented drink? Is there some dairy product that contains these lactotripeptides? YES!
1 ounce of "Italian Grana Padano cheese will lower blood pressure. The study can be found here.

"Researchers from the Hypertension Unit of Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital and Catholic University in Piacenza, Italy, say consumption of Grana Padano PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) can help lower blood pressure conditions due to the peptides (chains of amino acids) present in the cheese, which provide similar blood vessel relaxation effects as blood pressure prescription drugs."

"The effects are similar to what you would expect with antihypertensive medications," said the study's lead author, Giuseppe Crippa, M.D., of Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital and Catholic University.

"Adding a little Grana Padano to a healthy diet may provide clinically significant blood pressure lowering benefits."

Journal of Dairy Science
doi:10.3268/jds.2015-10054
"Invited review: Fermented milk as antihypertensive functional food"

Take a vitamin D supplement - D3 2,000 iu's - vitamin D is turning out to be the superstar of nutrients. It acts more like a regulation hormone than a vitamin and tells cells how to behave properly. New research is showing it to regulate hypertension. D supplements are incredibly cheap! Get your blood work checked for Vitamin D levels. You want it to be at least 50 - 75 nanograms per ml. ( My doctor recently told me to take more - 4,000 units a day. )


FOUND IN MY GROCERY STORE!!




MONTMORENCY CHERRY JUICE


Another study showed drinking 1/4 cup (60ml) of Montmorency Cherry Juice will lower blood pressure!

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160505140055.htm

The Montmorency cherry is a variety of sour cherry (Prunus cerasus) grown in the United States, Canada and France, particularly in Michigan and in Door County, Wisconsin. Montmorency cherries are part of the lighter-red Amarelle cultivar of sour cherries, rather than the darker-red Morello cultivar.
Do a Google search for the different brands and where you can purchase them in your area.

All tart or sour cherries are of the PRUNUS CERASUS variety. I think any tart cherry juice you use would have the same effect.
(Prunus cerasus (sour cherry, tart cherry, or dwarf cherry) is a species of Prunus in the subgenus Cerasus (cherries



Dr. Oz did a segment called Tart Cherry Juice: The Ultimate Antioxidant. He said his grandfather has a Tart Cherry farm and recently scientists have been discovering that Tart Cherry Juice may be nature's ultimate antioxidant - even more so than blueberry, cranberries and oranges. 

Dr.Oz also said that the Tart Cherry Juice reduces the number of triglycerides in your blood, therefore being great for fighting off heart disease.



Magnesium is a very important mineral in helping high blood pressure. Magnesium acts as an anti-spasmodic and relaxes the arteries. Magnesium levels have been found to be consistently low in people with hypertension. In one study, supplemental magnesium lowered blood pressure in 19 out of 20 hypertensives. 

Magnesium can be found in foods such as whole grains, beans, nuts and green leafy vegetables. Side effects from taking too much magnesium are not common, because the body excretes any excess in the urine. But people who take too much magnesium from supplements can have diarrhea, nausea and abdominal cramping.

After further analyzing the data,  researchers concluded that taking 300 mg of magnesium supplements daily for one month could result in lower blood pressure and higher levels of magnesium in the blood.

"Our findings support a causal anti-hypertensive effect of [magnesium] supplementation in adults," the researchers wrote. In other words, magnesium helps to prevent high blood pressure. Journal of Hypertension July 11)
I like Natural Calm Anti-Stress Drink. 2 teaspoons has 325 mg of magnesium. 

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