High blood pressure is often referred to as a silent killer because high blood pressure doesn’t always give you symptoms and so you may not know that you have high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure for long period with cause damage to the blood vessels, resulting in strokes, kidney failure and even myocardial infarction. High blood pressure is very common and probably under diagnosed. However, once diagnosed as having a high blood pressure it is relatively easy to treat and prevent future complications. The trick is to have your blood pressure checked periodically, especially if there is a family history of high blood pressure and if it is high to see your doctor for advise. The public health agency of Canada reports hypertension statistics as follows:-
- In 2006/07, 450,029 adults were newly diagnosed with hypertension (22.1 per 1,000 population aged 20 years and older, 21.6 per 1,000 women and 22.7 per 1,000 men).
Here are some suggestions based on some evidence that they may be helpful, but the proof of the pudding is when your blood pressure readings become normal after following these suggestions.
1. Decrease your weight, even by losing as little as 10 lbs will be helpful.
2. Daily aerobic exercise 30-40 min per day, combined with strength training three times a week.
3. Reduce or stop alcohol intake.
4. Reduce salt intake. We only need 500mg per day but our diets can have as high as 5000mg per day if it is mostly from canned or packaged or processed foods. Most restaurant food is also with high salt content.
5. Reduce oils with high ratio of omega -6 to omega -3, which include corn oil, safflower oil, and sunflower oil; replace it with extra virgin olive oil or macadamia oil.
6. Increase garlic intake, four cloves every day. Can get the same benefit with 900 mg of aged garlic extract.
7.High quality seaweed 3 gm per day.
8.Lycopene in fresh tomatoes or lycopene supplement may also help.
9. Magnesium 500 mg per day , but people with kidney disease should consult their doctor first. Consuming generous portion of green leafy vegetables will give you the same benefit.
10. Vitamin D supplement helps lower blood pressure as well as many other benefits.
11. Four grams of Omega-3 per day also helps to lower the blood pressure.
12. CoQ10 deficiency can cause high blood pressure. Taking 200-400 mg per day can lower the blood pressure.
13. Stress management will also reduce blood pressure.
If you have high blood pressure try to adopt as many of these measures as possible and see if the blood pressure come down. ALWAYS work with you doctor so there are no conflict with medication, proper target of blood is achieved and the supplements are not doing any other harms.
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