Most heart patients already know high blood pressure can mean disaster for their heart health, but here’s what they don’t know: having high blood pressure can also wreak havoc on your brain, kidneys, and eyes.
Here’s the scary part… High blood pressure can quietly damage these vital organs for years before you see any symptoms. If left unchecked, this silent killer can leave you with a disability. Or worse, it can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
That’s because your heart, brain, eyes, and kidneys all depend on blood flow. It supplies them with life-giving nutrients and oxygen. Healthy arteries are strong and flexible. They’re smooth on the inside. This lets blood flow freely. With high blood pressure, however, it’s a different story.
The increased pressure can damage the lining of your arteries’ walls. This can lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), heart disease, and stroke. The constant pressure can also cause a section of the arterial wall to enlarge, causing an aneurysm in the aorta or brain.
High Blood Pressure also damages the Kidneys and the Eyes. High blood pressure is the most common cause of kidney failure. And in the eyes, this arterial damage can cause serious vision problems due to fluid buildup or nerve damage.
Unfortunately, mainstream medicine’s solution to this is side-effect laden drugs like beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, calcium-channel blockers, and diuretics. Fortunately, you don’t need medications to protect your heart or even reduce your blood pressure.
You can do it naturally, with inexpensive foods and supplements.
Here are four natural alternatives to reduce or even prevent high blood pressure:
- Garlic – This tasty herb contains sulfides that help relax your arteries. This lets blood flow more freely. In fact, a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that garlic can relax blood vessel tension by an amazing 72 percent. For maximum benefit, eat one to two cloves of fresh garlic per day. If you’d rather use a supplement, choose one that gives you at least 3,600 mcg of allicin – garlic’s active compound.
- Hawthorn – This herb has been used for centuries as a heart tonic. Just like garlic, it works to relax the blood vessels. It does this by inhibiting enzymes called angiotensin-converting enzymes. (They are what cause your blood vessels to constrict.) Prescription drugs like ACE inhibitors work the same way – with far more dangerous side effects. In one clinical trial, hawthorn effectively reduced diastolic blood pressure.
- CoQ10 – About 50 percent of patients that come to me on high blood pressure meds have stopped taking them just by supplementing with CoQ10. In a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Researchers gave CoQ10 to diabetic patients. Not only did their blood sugar improve, so did their blood pressure. This powerful and amazing antioxidant works by supplying your heart with the critical energy it needs to pump blood throughout your body. Without CoQ10, your heart would literally stop beating.
- Quercetin – This powerful antioxidant is off most doctors’ radar screens. It’s a “bioflavanoid” that’s found in foods like apples, onions, red grapes, and leafy greens. In one study, researchers gave 22 people with high blood pressure quercetin for four weeks. At the end of the study, they showed significant improvement.
The easiest way to get more quercetin is to eat more fruits and leafy green veggies. Otherwise, you can come to The Spring, Center For Natural Medicine, and get special recommendations just for you.