Take Control of Blood Pressure

Doctors often prescribe medications to help control high blood pressure. But lifestyle factors such as eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise usually have positive effects. A number of supplements can also help.
Alternatives to medications
“Blood pressure medications actually do save a lot of lives,” writes Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, a board certified internist and author of the popular free iPhone application "Cures A-Z." “If you have elevated blood pressure, add (or continue) the medications to lower the pressure, and then use the natural treatments. After three months, you’ll often find that your doctor can taper you off your blood pressure medications and still maintain a healthy pressure.”
  1. losing weight: he suggests walking outdoors, since the vitamin D from sunshine can help lower blood pressure too
  2. cutting out alcohol and caffeine
  3. supplementing with calcium, magnesium, potassium, coenzyme Q10, and vitamins A, C, and D
Recent research has shed light on some additional supplements that can help lower blood pressure.
  1. Garlic. Numerous studies have shown the health benefits of garlic, including its potential for preventing heart disease. In a recent study, aged garlic extract appeared to boost the effectiveness of antihypertension medicine in a group of people with treated but uncontrolled hypertension.
  2. Mushrooms. Oyster, maitake, and agaricus mushrooms and their extracts are among those that appear to help regulate blood pressure.
  3. Fish oil. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish and fish oils have substantial positive effects on cardiovascular health. Reducing blood pressure is one of the many benefits.