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Supplements may or may not work, depending on underlying condition that is causing high BP. But I think it's worth a try anyway. First thing I did was changed my diet from burgers soda ice cream and pizza to whole foods. Lost 30lbs since early Dec.
Dr prescribed low does of lisinopril and amlodipine. Dr said nothing about supplements, just to lower salt and caffeine. I then started researching and found claims that lifestyle and certain foods/supplements have been shown to lower BP. On my own I found a supplement on the shelf at health food store that targeted high BP called FutureBiotics Pressur-Lo. So in Dec I started that, my new diet, plus garlic, fish oil, and vit C.
I did all this at once- meds, my new diet, and the supplements above. My BP came way down. In fact, so low one day it was very low at 90/55! So I thought that indicates I can maybe reduce my meds. So 25 days ago I decided to try and cut my lisinopril in half and see if it stayed in normal range. It did!
Pressure Lo is very similar to the suggested supplements in the book "Amazing Way to Reverse Heart Disease Naturally", and I was basically following the diet + supplement plan in that book.
When my Pressur-Lo tabs ran out this month I decided to switch to Michael's Blood Pressure Factors since it has great reviews. Be sure to read them.
I also recenly read "The Blood Pressure Cure", which lists 4 supplements clinically proven to lower BP: arginine (which is very powerful and may have some risks), grape seed extract, pycnogenal, and Lyc-o-mato tomatoe extract. These must be purchased from certain mfgs, the ones used in the clinical studies.
I also heard a radio show with a Dr that said hibiscus tea lowers BP and so does beet root and pomegranate juice. Pomegranate extract or concentrate is as powerful as an ACE drug! You should not take pomegranate if using an ACE!
I didn't know about any of these when I started on meds. Dr said nothing. But I read about all of these after I started on meds that they have been shown to lower BP in studies. But Dr's do not recommend and I guess he can't because these are not medically reviewed peer-to-peer.
So what I've researched so far, I'm sure there are more, these should lower BP:
arginine (only sustained release)
grape seed extract (only from MegaNatualBP)
tomato extract (only lyc-o-mato brand)
pycnogenal (only French Maritime)
Michael's Blood Pressure factors
hibiscus tea (as powerful as a med! May cause hallucination in some people!)
pomegranate juice (as powerful as a BP med! Do not take if using an ACE!)
celery (4 stalks a day)
pressur-lo tabs (very similar to book plan mentioned above)
So I'm trying some of these to find if I can lower my meds. It takes a month to find out if these work for me or not. Last month I was pleased to cut my lisinopril in half with healthy diet, and the Pressure-lo tabs, fish oil, and garlic. This month Ive changed to Michaels Blood pressure Factors and added lyc-o-mato, pycnogenal, plus continue garlic, fish oil, coq10, and started a multivitamin as well. If I can't lower meds even more on these I'll add hibiscus tea, beet root. If that doesn't work, I'll add arginine, and if that doesn't work Ill add pomegranate.
Once I started on meds I have to taper off slowly while adding these, so my testing takes months.
Last edited by easygoingguy; 02-19-2012 at 08:09 PM.
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