Scientists from Boston University School of Medicine and the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University found that taking a vitamin C supplement reduced blood pressure by more than 20 per cent. These results are consistent with those of other studies showing that the same amount of this vitamin can lower blood pressure.
The researchers also found that taking this dietary supplement for just five days reduced blood pressure more than any prescription drug. This new study is particularly important since it can help people control their hypertension without causing side effects.
One study found that a high dose of vitamin C had no impact on blood pressure two hours after administration. The same researchers found that a 500-milligram daily vitamin C supplement reduced blood pressure by nine percent after a month.
The systolic and diastolic pressures dropped from 155 to 142 and 110 to 100 mm Hg. A healthy diet should also include plenty of fruits and vegetables, as these foods contain plenty of vitamins C.
Taking a vitamin D supplement can also be important for lowering blood pressure. But this supplement is not always effective for people who don’t get enough sunlight. In this study, participants who ate a food rich in Vitamin D were significantly less likely to suffer from high blood pressure.
In fact, people who ate a diet rich in vitamin D did not always experience a large reduction in systolic blood pressure. However, the effects on diastolic blood pressure were somewhat better, suggesting that the effect of this supplement may have been more modest overall though not insignificant.