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by Hannah Whittenly, The Health Advocate

 
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High blood pressure is a serious health issue that affects many Americans. Lifestyle modifications such as an improved diet and adherence to an exercise program are often times the first suggestion for persons newly diagnosed with mild hypertension. It is then customary for individuals needing additional help with blood pressure regulation to be prescribed prescription medication.

In addition to these tried and true methods of addressing blood pressure issues, those believing in the healing qualities of alternative medicines have utilized various natural supplements to regulate blood pressure. The following is a look at four of the most common natural supplements used to treat blood pressure issues.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids have proven to be important supporters of cardiovascular and digestive health. Additionally, studies have been conclusive in findings that these fatty acids have the power to lower blood pressure naturally. The most abundant food sources of Omega 3 are found in fatty fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, and others. And while this is likely the most effective way to obtain needed omega 3’s, supplementing with Omega 3 fatty acids has proven to be highly effective.

Garlic

Research suggests that garlic is an inhibitor of platelet aggregation which promotes the thinning of the blood. In this way garlic reduces both blood pressure and prevents the formation of blood clots. It is also likely that the antihypertensive effects of garlic also stems from its high levels of sulfur and antioxidants. Some credit garlic’s ability to lower blood pressure levels by increasing dilation in blood vessels, while others say that it is garlic’s ability to inhibit the digestive system from converting fat into cholesterol.

Coenzyme Q10

CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that facilitates energy production at a cellular level. CoQ10 helps to support the entire cardiovascular system and has been observed to dramatically reduce blood pressure when taken regularly.

Grape Seeds

Grape seeds are filled with a beneficial compound known as polyphenols. Some companies, like Umeken, know that polyphenols are responsible for a host of positive health benefits including the lowering of blood pressure. Grape seed improves blood circulation in individuals by working to strengthen arteries, capillaries, and veins. The use of natural supplements to regulate blood pressure is growing in support from experts and laymen alike.

As knowledge and understanding of the benefits of natural supplementation for regulating blood pressure continue to evolve, the use of these methods to control blood pressure also continue to grow.




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