Herbs And High Blood Pressure

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Using herbs and high blood pressure treatment to lower your numbers is never a bad idea. However, many people are intimidated by the subject, and this holds them back from trying any of the numerous alternative approaches available. It’s not your fault if you feel this way, as there is an overwhelmingly huge amount of information out there on the subject that can be confusing, but I hope that my article helps make things a little easier to understand.

First of all, it’s important to understand that high blood pressure isn’t always caused by medical problems. In fact, most cases can be treated with lifestyle modifications alone. This means that herbs and supplements may not be necessary at all! I’m not talking about buying prescription drugs either, which are indeed helpful in some cases. I’m speaking of using things like Ginkgo Biloba, magnesium, and various other natural substances. These have all been used successfully as supplements to lowering numbers, and I’m going to tell you why.

The reason I want to bring this up is because so many people try to treat high blood pressure by taking prescription medications, when what they need are lifestyle modifications. The problem with many medications prescribed by physicians is that they don’t address the underlying cause of the condition. Instead, the medications only attempt to control the symptoms, which can often be detrimental. Of course, high blood pressure is also very dangerous when left untreated, so it’s always smart to get a second opinion.

Now, I am not saying that herbs and high blood pressure treatment are perfect. There are some herbal supplements that have not been studied carefully enough to prove their effectiveness in treating hypertension. Take, for example, the substance called Ginkgo Biloba. Many people swear by it, but until the world learns more about its true benefits, it’s probably best avoided. For now, let’s stick to known plants.

Some of the most important herbs and supplements for controlling hypertension are found in nature. That’s right, I said plants! A number of plants have proven qualities to reduce high blood pressure, and one of them is Coenzyme Q10, which is widely known as the vitamin of anti-aging.

I heard about Coenzyme Q10 from my friend, Dr. Michael Woolf, who is the editor-in-chief of the popular Heart Lung Plus magazine. He was giving me information on his website about using supplements to lower your numbers. When asked if he had any recommendations for high blood pressure patients, he said, “I would definitely consider Coenzyme Q10 in any treatment plan I recommend.” He continued, “It’s one of the better ones out there, and it’s inexpensive.” That’s just the thing – sometimes we have to look outside the box to find something that works. I asked him what other supplements he recommended, and he wrote down two: Spirulina and Echinacea.

Of all the herbs and supplements for high blood pressure that I looked at, the spirulina was the only one that had a complete scientific report to back up its use. In fact, the report stated that it had been proven to lower cholesterol, increase blood flow and help regulate hormonal levels. Woolf said that some people were allergic to the algae in the powder, but that most were fine. He also mentioned that while the spirulina was originally a Pacific Islander product, he had learned of its successful use in Europe and had successfully converted it into a powder form that you can add to juices or smoothies. He did warn, however, that it should not be used by diabetics, as a substitute for regular sugar or insulin, or as a food replacement.

What’s the most exciting news? According to Herb Guru, there are over two hundred herbal supplements on the market that combine eighteen different herbs and eighteen different minerals. If you don’t have a sweet tooth but still want to cut your risk for heart disease and stroke, then these supplements might be perfect for you. And, if you do have a sweet tooth, then these supplements are even more so! As long as you use them in conjunction with regular meals, you will reap the benefits of good health. All of which are possible if you look around online.