Nobody wants to live in the straight jacket of the recommended High Blood Pressure Lifestyle. In fact, we’d argue that total adherence to all the rules is downright impossible.
For those times when you slip – and for extra help even when you’re doing your best – the following natural supplements have been shown to help and are the Rag-Tag Research Geek Recommendations:
Note: Supplementation with lesser-absorbed forms of calcium (carbonate and citrate) without any supporting ingredients, has been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events. Researchers believe this is due to calcium remaining in arteries where calcification (or hardening) can take place rather than being absorbed by the bone matrix. This is why the complete Calciology™ formula is so important. Calcium alone is only part of the story.
Vitamin D3 is produced by the body in reaction to sunlight. Blood pressure, as well as deaths from heart disease, both increase with distance from the equator. Higher levels of vitamin D have been associated with a substantial decrease in cardiovascular disease. Supplementation with D has been shown to lower blood pressure.
Magnesium aids in regulating heart rythm and promotes a normal blood pressure. Supplementation with magnesium has been shown to lower blood pressure, especially at higher doses and to have greater impact on those with higher blood pressure.
Important: Choosing a Safer Calcium Supplement
Red W____ Krill Oil™
Researchers have long known that Omega-3 fatty acids had the capability to reduce blood pressure. For years, doctors have recommended fish oil supplements based on this knowlege. Krill oil supplements, however, have recently been found to be even more effective.
Both krill oil and fish oil contain the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. However krill oil has them in the form of phospholipids, the same chemical structure as those found in the membranes of our cells. Fish oil has them in the form of triglycerides. This study found that the phospholipid structure is better absorbed and utilized, while this one found krill oil was just as effective as fish oil at lower doses.
But krill oil also contains something fish oil does not: the antioxident astaxanthin.
In animal studies, astaxanthin has been shown to significantly lower high blood pressure, improve cardiovascular remodeling and oxidative stress. Supplementing with astaxanthin reduced systolic blood pressure and triglycerides in people with metabolic syndrome.
Red W____ Krill Oil™ contains the highest concentrations of phospholipids found on the market today. In addition, it’s added astaxanthin makes it the most powerful Krill Oil supplement you’ll find anywhere.
Sea Buckthorn promises to be the superstar nutrient of 2012 and beyond, and for good reason. It contains every vitamin known to man, and is one of the few natural sources of the rare Omega-7 fatty acid.
Sea buckthorn has been found to lower blood pressure in rats, and to prevent blood pressure from rising during exercise in hypertensive humans. The seed oil has been found to have vasorelaxant properties (to relax blood vessels thereby lowering blood pressure).
Rats with hypertension fed Omega-7 had a significantly improved survival rate. In addition, Sea Buckthorn has been used for centures in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat a multitude of disorders, including cardiovascular disease.