I have been collecting info on High Blood Pressure for 13 years now. For the sake of brevity, I have omitted most references.
Bad Foods and Drinks
High salt foods
Medium salt foods
All hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils
Don’t cook with olive oil (it’s great if you don’theat it up)
Genetically modified food (GMO)
Animals that have eaten GMO feed (feed-lot animals)
High fructose corn syrup (read the label! It’s in most processed foods)
Reduce your intake of processed foods to a minimum
All meat/fish served in a fast food restaurant (have a salad - without the dressing)
Farm raised fish (especially GM salmon, aka Frankenfish)
Reduce sugar to a minimum
Reduce /eliminate alcohol
Reduce /eliminate all grains, except oats (yes, this includes pasta)
Foods/drinks with caffeine
Water with chlorine and/or fluoride
GoodFood and Drink
Foods that are high in potassium
Fish (cold water, wild caught)
Cook only with organic virgin coconut oil
Organic grass-fed beef
Organic free-range turkey
Organic free-range chickens (and eggs)
Water without chlorine and fluoride (take 1 gallon glass jugs to the reverse osmosis filter in your local grocery store)
Maintain a high fiber diet
Sprouts (especially broccoli sprouts)
Green tea taken together with citrus juices or vitamin C
Vitamins (all doses are per day)
A (natural beta-carotene) 10,000 IU
B complex (buy one with a high dose of B12 – at least 1000 mcg)
C (500 - 3000 mg) in divided doses
Citrus Bioflavonoids – 100 mg
D3 (500 – 2000 IU) in divided doses
E (at least 600 IU)
Niacin (100 mg of the flush kind; 450 mg of the non-flush kind)
CoQ10 (100-300 mg)
Calcium – 600 mg
Magnesium (citrate or orotate 200-300 mg)
Potassium – 2500 mg
Zinc – 30 mg
Lysine 3000 mg
Proline 550 mg
Arginine 250 mg
Carnitine 300 mg
Taurine 1100 mg
These vitamins, minerals and amino acids (in these doses) were discovered by Drs Linus Pauling and Matthias Rath to reverse (their word) plaque accumulation in arteries: The less plaque, the more flexible thearteries and the more normal the blood pressure. To prevent yourself from going broke buyingthe individual supplements, there are a number of powdered supplements that provide most of the vitamins, minerals and amino acids listed above. They go under the generic name “The PaulingTherapy.” Google: “remove plaque from arteries” supplements, and check out the ingredient lists.
Flax oil (1 tablespoon)
Fish oil with a balance of EPA and DHA (at least 500 mg each)
Hawthorn Berry (1.5 g)
Garlic – as much as you can eat (best: fresh garlic bulb; 2nd best: powdered organic garlic in veggie caps; last best: those pills you get in the healthfood/drug store)
Grape seed extract
Olive leaf extract (1000 mg)
Get down to a healthy weight
Get 71/2 to 8 hours of sleep at night
Meditate/Self-hypnosis tape/Relaxation response (book of the same name) for at least 20 minutes a day. 20 minutes twice a day is even better.
Get some sun on your bare skin (Vit D)
Eliminate stressors (yes, I know, easier said than done. Or learn to deal with them in a more peaceful way: Your favorite religious/spiritual book, The Sodona Method, the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), A Course in Miracles, Conversations with God books, talk to your pastor /psychologist)
Listen to music you like (doesn’t have to be Mozart)
Exercise (the best exercise for you is the one you will actually do; even better if you enjoy the activity)
Replace toxic cleaning chemicals in home with non-toxic ones
Appreciate all the good things in your life (write them down in a book along with all the reasons you appreciate them. Briefly review the book every day and add to it.)
Avoid drinking out of plastic bottles/cups and aluminum cans (use glass, ceramic or stainless steel)
Insulin is a MAJOR player in regulating blood pressure. Two-thirds of people who are insulin resistant also have high blood pressure. If your husband’s hypertension is the direct result of an out-of-control blood sugar level, then normalizing his blood sugar levels will help lower his blood pressure.
ZonaPLUSTM is a handheld, computer controlled device, which lowers your blood pressure thru a clinically proven isometric protocol. The program takes just 12 minutes a day, 5 days a week to help reduce high blood pressure. TheHarvard Heart Letter states that the ZonaPLUS "…has been shown to lower blood pressure as much as a first-line anti-hypertensive drug." A number of websites offer more info on the device. I recommend you start your search by Googling "ZonaPLUS (TM) Blood Pressure Device".
Medical Odds and Ends
1) A group of blood pressure medications known as angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs) "significantly increased risk of new cancer"…”by 8 to 11 percent”…”risk of lung cancer was increased by 25 percent.” There was no increase in breast cancer.
Source: University Hospitals Case Medical Centeras reported on http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/191644.php
2) Clinical trial: when the supplement conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) was combined with Ramipril, an anti-hypertensive medication, the combo helped to reduce the blood pressure in obese hypertensive patients.
ZhaoWS, Zhai JJ, Wang YH, Xie PS, Yin XJ, Li LX, Cheng KL. Conjugated Linoleic Acid Supplementation Enhances Antihypertensive Effect of Ramipril in Chinese Patients With Obesity-Related Hypertension. Am J Hypertens. 2009 Mar 19. Published Online Ahead of Print.
3) A number of studies have linked common blood pressure medications with developing diabetes. Dr. Nieske Zabriskie, ND, lists 17 studies in his paper. A good review article can be found here:
National Institutes of Health. Who is at Risk for High Blood Pressure? Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Hbp/HBP_WhoIsAtRisk.html.Accessed on: 02-07-09.
I disagree with the person who said “find the right medicine.” Medicine may be helpful, but ask the question, “Is this medicine going to fix the cause of theproblem?” High blood pressure is a distress signal sent from your body to your mind. Listen to this signal and try to decipher the message and take the appropriate actions. Dr. Mercola (mercola.com) states, “… 85 percent of those who have hypertension cannormalize their blood pressure through lifestyle modifications, whereas statistics show over half of people taking multiple medications for high blood pressure are still not able to manage their condition.”
Ithas been my observation that 3 diseases are linked: Atherosclerosis (including high blood pressure), diabetes and hypothyroidism. If you have one of these diseases you are likely to get the other2. And if you have 2 of them, you haveto treat both of them simultaneously in order for either one to get better; dittofor all three. I have been observing this “Trifecta” since the late 1990’s. In 2005 Dr. Mark Starr, MD wrote a wonderful book wherein he dubbed mytrifecta hypothyroidism Type 2 (also the name of the book). His observation is that an underperforming thyroid is causing all three (and more) of these diseases. I highly recommend this book for anyone with1 or more of these diseases. It may unlock the reason why the medicine your doctor is giving you is not working.
But even Dr. Starr doesn’t address the root cause of Type 2 hypothyroidism. I think it is caused by another trifecta: multiple nutritional deficiencies caused by poor quality food, unhealthy lifestyle, and the cloud of toxins we are exposing ourselves to every day. Fortunately allof these causes can be addressed.