Naturopathy : Hawthorn Extract Can Lower Blood Pressure
The New Straits Times
13 May 2004
Source: Life Extension
Q: CAN I lower my systolic and diastolic pressure by taking daily supplements (vitamin C, B complex, lecithin and salmon oil) in addition to hypertension medicine? I am 50, weigh 78kg and am 170.2cm tall. My blood pressure is 130/100. A: IF you are taking anti-hypertensive medicine, please continue with your medication. You are on the right track by supplementing with vitamins C and B complex. A combination of vitamin C and bioflavonoids works better in improving the stability of the blood vessel walls and helps reduce high blood pressure. Vitamin B6 supplementation has been shown to lower in systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Salmon oil contains eicosapentanoic acid (EPA), which is converted to prostaglandins that can help lower blood pressure. Coenzyme Q10 has also proven to be beneficial. It is in part responsible for the supply of oxygen to the cell which is important for cell renewal and strength. In several studies, Coenzyme Q10 has been shown to lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension.
Besides that, both calcium and magnesium are often lacking in people with high blood pressure. Calcium has produced a remarkable difference in certain people with high blood pressure. Magnesium is also highly recommended for its dilating effect on the blood vessels.
Another herb that is of benefit is hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna). Extract of hawthorn berries is widely used by physicians in Europe for its cardiovascular effectiveness. Studies have demonstrated that hawthorn extract is effective in lowering blood pressure and in improving heart function.
As for diet and lifestyle, salt intake has been linked to hypertension. Eliminating salt from diet helps to lower blood pressure in most people. Go on a vegetarian diet. Fruits and vegetables are the main sources of potassium, a known blood pressure lowering mineral. The fibre provided in a vegetarian diet may also help reduce high blood pressure. Reduce intake of dairy fat and cholesterol. Avoid caffeine from coffee, tea, chocolate and cola drinks, and alcoholic beverages.
De-stress. Relaxation techniques which include deep breathing exercises, meditation and yoga help in lowering blood pressure. Your body mass index is 26.9kg/m2; this figure indicates that you are overweight. As weight loss can lower blood pressure in individuals who are overweight and hypertensive, regular exercise will be of benefit.