Natural Remedies and Nutrition to Deal with High Blood Pressure Naturally
High blood pressure (Hypertension) affects approximately 25 percent of the adult population in developed countries. Over time, high blood pressure can damage the blood vessels and lead to other conditions such as Atherosclerosis. It can be caused by underlying conditions or factors such as kidney disease or excessive alcohol (secondary hypertension), or in the case of primary hypertension, a specific cause cannot be found and this accounts for around 90% of cases.
There is a tendency within the medical profession to over-prescribe pharmaceutical medication (often with very undesirable side - effects) without addressing diet and lifestyle. High Blood pressure is a serious condition and does require the input of a qualified health professional, but a holistic approach is effective for the vast majority of people and will tend to lower your blood pressure in a natural, gentle way.
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The most effective natural supplements for High Blood Pressure
A more specific discussion of their effects on blood pressure is below.
Simple Lifestyle Changes
Hypertensive patients who are overweight are encouraged to lose at least some weight; our nutritional programme, the Core Regime will tend to normalise weight and will also bring the body into balance naturally which in itself will help high blood pressure, regular exercise discussed below will play a very important role.
This is essential; for a positive impact on blood pressure, exercise doesn't necessarily need to be strenuous but it does need to get the heart rate up. If you are overweight / unfit, start gently with for example walking up and down the stairs regularly. Good cardiovascular exercise for around 45 minutes a day would be ideal, but if you cannot manage this, work your way up and at least try to incorporate some daily exercise. Your exercise programme should be discussed with a qualified person.
A certain amount of exercise is needed just to maintain a sufficient circulation of blood, and especially lymph, or extra cellular fluid. The lymph system does not have a direct connection to the pumping action of the heart it is pumped round the body with the aid of muscular movement only. When people become sedentary, especially, the sheer lack of movement produces lymphatic stagnation, so the body is not able to properly clean itself or carry the nutrients, fluids, and oxygen properly. In practice this can account for as much of a health problem as the original problem, and tends to make the symptoms of the illness worse. There is a certain type of exercising, dubbed the healthiest exercise invented by man called Rebounding. If you can walk at all, you can do it, no matter how weak or infirm, just do it to your own level and endurance time, even if only a minute at a time at first. Rebounding is undertaken on a 'mini-trampoline'.
Reduce alcohol consumption / smoking
Alcohol should be restricted to a MAXIMUM of fourteen units weekly for men and nine for women, more than this can as much as double the risk of developing high blood pressure. Excessive alcohol stresses the organs, in particular the heart, liver, pancreas and brain which has considerable impact upon blood pressure. However red wine contains many valuable nutrients that in moderation can help cardio-vascular health. Guinness, also of course in moderation aids relaxation and the nervous system and may help blood pressure. Spirits deplete the body of vital nutrients and should be avoided. Chemical beers and lagers should be avoided. Smoking causes considerable damage to the heart and arteries, the heart rate increases, blood vessels are constricted and blood pressure rises. Addictions are hard to conquer, but there are natural remedies that will help
Increase Water Intake
This is a simple, yet highly effective change you can make; two pints a day is a good guideline. Dr. F. Batmanghelidj (Author of Your Body's Many Cries for Water - highly recommended reading), concluded that many health disorders are due mainly to chronic dehydration, and certainly dehydration can be a major contributory factor to high blood pressure. Pure water is needed to help clean away metabolic toxins, and to carry the nutrients to the cells, with the correct dilution of the blood and extra cellular fluids. If the body is lacking in water, it automatically tries to hold on to the water that is available and this causes vascular constriction and a thickening of the blood. Water must not contain any chlorine, it should be well filtered or still spring / mineral water, osmotically filtered water and distilled water may be used. The best water we can drink is wild unpolluted river water, and other natural sources such as springs, so in practice non-carbonated spring or mineral water is best. Failing that, filtered tap water can be used. Our high quality Under the Sink Filters
or similar specification filters, remove far more toxic chemicals than the jug filters commonly in use, and are more convenient and cost effective for a family, providing 'pure' water for all cooking and drinking. This will eliminate some of the cocktail of harmful chemicals that are in our water supply. Distilled water lacks minerals and oxygen, and carries the information pattern of the mains element used to boil it. Avoid wherever possible drinks that dehydrate the body such as tea, coffee and processed, sugary drinks.
Stress and anxiety
Reducing levels of stress and anxiety is essential for your holistic blood pressure regime. Ensuring all of the above changes are made will themselves dramatically impact on your overall sense of well-being. We highly recommend the ancient gentle exercises involved in the practice of Tai Chi Chi Kung which can have significant impact upon your metal state, lots of classes are now available and study material you can work with at home. The American Journal of Hypertension published a study showing that daily meditation caused a measurable drop in blood pressure in at-risk teenagers, so not only is this a good way to relax, but can impact directly on your blood pressure!
High Blood Pressure & Salt - All Salts are NOT the Same!
Science has arrived at some dangerous conclusions based on the wrong salt. 99% of the world's research on salt is dome on commercial table salt. We recommend that the addition of healthy natural salts to your diet are vital in cases of high blood pressure and recommend Celtic Sea Salt
and Ionic Minerals
. Processed salt is not real salt, and should be avoided at all costs, this is true of all people whether they have high blood pressure or not! Part of this process is cutting all processed foods, which are laded with sodium from your diet.
California biochemist Dr. Jacques de Langre has been studying the health benefits of salt for over 30 years. He has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Brussels. He wrote two books on this topic, "Sea Sail's Hidden Powers" and "Sea Salt, the Vital Spark for Life." Refined salt is toxic to the body, but Dr de Lange believes that Celtic Salt is extremely healthy and has the opposite effect of refined salt. Following is an excerpt from an article by Sam Biser including the transcript of his interview with Dr de Lange.
"I have found impressive medical evidence which explains why a low-salt diet will NOT help you live longer. But it CAN give you strokes, damaged kidney and brain function, and loss of sexual ability (impotence and frigidity)! Once again, I must blow the cover on a medical and health food crusade that's being jammed down your throat. I'm referring to the forty-year old health lie that, avoiding salt will help you live longer. The health food establishment has swallowed this one whole like Jonah in the belly of the whale. They solemnly tell you that avoiding salt will help lead you into the land of everlasting health. For most of you, it definitely will NOT. What they don't tell you is that..."
A low-salt diet for the treatment of high blood pressure is a colossal national disgrace, based on dogma, not evidence.
A salt-restrictive diet can actually raise your blood pressure.
A lack of salt can cause accelerated aging cellular degeneration, and 'biochemical starvation.'
A lack of salt can literally cripple your health, cause liver failure, kidney problems, & adrenal exhaustion.
On a salt-free diet, the valves of your heart muscle can tire, lacerate, & cause a fatal heart attack.
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Processed and fatty foods contribute to high blood pressure and should be avoided. It is widely accepted that a high fibre diet packed with fruits and vegetables can lower blood pressure. We go even further and recommend as far as possible a raw food diet; The most powerful therapeutic diet to help overcome disease is a special type of raw food diet; although a raw diet is our best chance of health and recovery, we may not want to do this completely, or for some reason do not want to take that seemingly revolutionary step, but the basic structure can be used by anyone to achieve full radiant health. An increasing number of people are discovering the incredible health benefits of raw diets that include raw vegetable juice, raw protein and raw fats. Please visit our Dietary Guidelines
for more information.
Omega-3 Oils (Essential Fatty Acids)
Dr. Johanna Budwig, a German biochemist who is a leading European authority on fats and nutrition, found that of the thousands of people she studied, healthy people had a higher content of Omega Oils in their blood than those with health issues; Omega 3s should be considered essential if you have high blood pressure, various clinical studies have shown they have a direct impact upon high blood pressure by keeping the blood thin and lowering overall cardiovascular risk. Omega 3 oils contain both EPA and DHA, studies have shown that it is the EPA that improves blood flow, reduces inflammation (and improves brain function). You should be aiming for at least 400mg of EPA per day, whether this be with foods or supplementation, oily fish such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel are an excellent source of EPA. If you are taking blood thinning medication, this should be monitored as Omega 3s will thin the blood.
Flax / Linseed Oil is the richest source of Omega 3, seeds, these MUST be cold pressed, for optimum therapeutic input we recommend using the flax oil (Linseed oil cold pressed) mixed with Barley Grass Powder
, providing the benefits of the soluble proteins in Barley Grass Powder
, along with all the huge array of other nutrients. (Organic yogurt can be used as an alternative Barley Grass Powder
) Use 2 dessertspoons of Linseed oil to one heaped dessertspoon of Barley grass juice powder,(or half a cup of organic yogurt) half a glass of chemical free water, (do not use tap water, the chlorine in tap water turns nutrients into toxic, even carcinogenic chemicals!). This mix can be taken once or twice daily. It is the combination of the proteins in Barley Grass Powder or to a lesser extent yogurt, that protect the Linseed Oil from degradation in the body. The combination forms the basis of a powerful therapy that Dr Budwig used, and helps to deliver sunlight from sensible sun exposure to the cells for maximum benefit.
Linseed or Flax oil is biased towards providing plenty of Omega 3 fatty acids, and it is fine to start with, but it should be borne in mind that for long term use an oil balanced in omega 3 and 6 should be used, an example of a completely balanced oil is Hemp oil
this could be used instead of the Linseed oil after about 2 months. A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 showed that a diet rich in the plant omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) reduced blood pressure by up to six per cent, an ALA rich diet rather than just LA was more effective - Hemp oil
has the perfect balance as in nature
The medical profession, pharmaceutical industries and food industries have propagated the Cholesterol Myth
. We would encourage you to read "The Cholesterol Myth" by Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD. Exposing the Fallacy That Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease. (ISBN 0-9670897-0-0)
Cholesterol is a natural element that protects our nerves, cell membranes; skin, brain cells as well as playing an important role for our hormones and the immune system. Research shows that people with low blood cholesterol develop the same problems as those with high cholesterol! According to the British Medical Journal 1991 (303:953-957), following a low fat, low cholesterol diet decreases cholesterol by as little as 0-4%. Harvard University came to the conclusion in 1987 that "we calculate a gain in life expectancy of 3 days to 3 months from a lifelong program of cholesterol reduction." Other studies have found that low cholesterol is related to a higher overall rate of mortality than typical cholesterol levels
. Deliberately restricting natural fats in your diet is unhealthy.
Individuals with raised cholesterol levels are often advised to cut back on their intake of foods rich in saturated fat and cholesterol such as butter. However, the majority of cholesterol in the bloodstream does not come from directly from the diet, but is made internally in the liver. This may help to explain why several studies show little or no relationship between the consumption of foods rich in saturated fat and/or cholesterol, and blood cholesterol levels.
If you have high blood pressure, it is essential that you DO NOT have any margarine, hydrogenated fats and cooked or heated oils - especially vegetable - these artificial substances have absolutely no place in the human body. Synthetic margarines and spreads contain a whole host of emulsifiers, stabilizers, colours, flavours, preservatives, and the emulsifying manufacturing creates a product that is far from the "healthy" product the label would have us believe. In fact, in the early 20th-century, the US Government listed margarine as a "harmful drug" and restricted its sale before taxing it heavily and introducing a licensing system!
On the other hand, Butter is a totally natural and wonderful substance; it is minimally processed and provides vitamins and specific fats that nourish the body in a good way. It is without doubt a useful part of a healthy diet - in moderation of course! Fats are an important part of a diet and the negative press fails to recognise this basic nutritional fact.
A healthy diet is critical for all health issues, but this is a NATURAL diet not one full of artificial fats, salts etc. Please refer to our Dietary Guidelines and the article Ancient Dietary Wisdom
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digests non-living tissue, blood clots, cysts, arterial plaque and inflammation in all forms and we recommend it for clearing the blood vessels in cases of high blood pressure. Serrapeptase
has had wide clinical use, spanning over twenty-five years throughout Europe and Asia. It is a viable, natural alternative to salicylates, ibuprofen and the more potent NSAIDs. Unlike these drugs, Serrapeptase is a naturally occurring, physiologic agent with no inhibitory effects on prostaglandins and is devoid of gastrointestinal side effects.
The late German physician Dr. Hans Nieper used Serrapeptase
as a treatment for arterial blockage in his coronary patients. It protects against stroke and is reportedly more effective and quicker than EDTA Chelation treatments in removing arterial plaque. He also reports that Serrapeptase dissolves blood clots and causes varicose veins to shrink or diminish.
Silica is thought to improve the cardiovascular system, decreasing the risk of coronary problems. It has been shown to be abundant (up to 14 times more) in the arteries of people who are free of heart disease. It is essential in maintaining the structural integrity, elasticity and permeability of the arteries, thereby regulating the blood pressure. There are many silica and silicon supplements on the market, but we believe that the Organic Silicon
is unique in its therapeutic ability to replenish the system with sufficient silicon to allow the body to accomplish its own healing. This product is especially suitable for delicate types and for those with damaged nervous system, broken down types and hypersensitive types. As soon as one takes the first dose of the Organic Silicon a feeling of calm and improved sleep often follow.
contain wild crafted herbs to normalize the circulation, blood vessels and heart function. Mistletoe, hawthorn berries and tops, horse chestnut, ginger, ginkgo biloba. Capsicum. These herbal remedies have been studied, tried and tested around the world for millennia. They have all the power and capability to treat cardiac and circulatory disorders, or preferably, prevent them.
is one of the greatest herbs on the planet. It's health benefits are often ignored or ridiculed by the general public, like garlic, due to its culinary use and associations. It is the number one circulatory herb, being extremely effective and totally harmless. Cayenne
has a normalising effect means that any areas of the body that are deficient in blood supply, such as the brain, will receive fresh vitalising blood to renew and restore. The normalising effect also means that high blood pressure will tend to be reduced and low blood pressure raised. It has a total effect on the circulation and performs all the main actions required of a natural circulatory remedy.
This herb even has the capability to abort some types of heart attack and angina. (If a blood clot is not the major cause.) For example when there is pain in the heart and the left arm (angina) and more severely, a crushing pain (like an elephant sitting on the chest), sipping a glass of hot water into which a teaspoon of cayenne has previously been infused (i.e. by bringing the water to the boil with one teaspoon of Cayenne
added, and leaving to infuse for a few minutes) will, in many cases abort the attack within minutes.
Regular use of a sufficient dose of Cayenne
will keep these individuals free of heart attacks for many years, possibly for life. (One does not have to endure the burning taste of the hot water method for regular use, encapsulation being the preferred option!). This action of Cayenne
is due to its ability to help oxygenate the tissues, combined with an antispasmodic property. Adequate tissue oxygenation is one of the prime factors in health maintenance, especially relevant with the elderly. Its action on the heart goes even further to help produce a regular heart beat.
Provides enzymes that are essential, especially as we age, to keep the heart muscle oxygen rich, and its overall action is to counter heart weakness and failure.