Normalizing Blood Pressure Flow

Nutri­tion Tip of the Week: Nor­mal­iz­ing Blood Flow/Pressure

This nutri­tion infor­ma­tion is not intended to treat, diag­nose or mit­i­gate any dis­ease and is for infor­ma­tional pur­poses only

Blood pres­sure is con­trolled by a com­plex inter­play of fac­tors such as diet, genet­ics, response to stress, med­ica­tions, and other under­ly­ing health con­di­tions. Enlight­ened health care prac­ti­tion­ers and their patients are dis­cov­er­ing that inad­e­quately con­trolled blood pres­sure requires a mul­ti­fac­to­r­ial strat­egy. An opti­mal strat­egy employs a com­bi­na­tion of nutri­tional rec­om­men­da­tions that offer a com­pre­hen­sive approach for nor­mal­iz­ing blood pres­sure. This makes more sense con­sid­er­ing that a large num­ber of Amer­i­cans do not achieve ade­quate blood pres­sure con­trol on blood pres­sure med­ica­tion alone.

In recent years, researchers have dis­cov­ered a trio of nutri­ents that work together to help nor­mal­ize blood pres­sure along with reg­u­lar exer­cise, yoga and other breath­ing exercises. 

The fol­low­ing nutri­ents con­tain antiox­i­dants and com­pounds that help reduce oxida­tive dam­age and relax the arteries: 

Casein pep­tide– While search­ing for a nat­ural agent to help opti­mize blood pres­sure, researchers hydrolyzed (or split) the milk pro­tein known as casein and iso­lated the C12 pep­tide. Clin­i­cal stud­ies now show that the C12 pep­tide is a nat­ural ACE inhibitor that has spe­cific blood pressure–lowering effects (Karaki H et al 1990). The C12 pep­tide is not rec­om­mended for peo­ple who are aller­gic to dairy prod­ucts and, like other ACE inhibitors, preg­nant women should not take the C12 peptide.

Grape seed extract. The C12 pep­tide is not the only nat­ural agent that effec­tively sup­ports healthy blood pres­sure lev­els. Grape seed extract, which is already known to have a wealth of health ben­e­fits, con­tains high con­cen­tra­tions of polyphe­nols, potent antiox­i­dants that nat­u­rally increase the dila­tion (widen­ing) of blood ves­sels. This dila­tion nat­u­rally increases blood flow while decreas­ing blood pres­sure (Siva B et al 2006). Grape seed extract is con­sid­ered safe and is well tolerated.

Pome­gran­ate extract. Pome­gran­ates are fast becom­ing known as one of the health­i­est foods we can eat, largely because of their ben­e­fi­cial effects on car­dio­vas­cu­lar health (Avi­ram M et al 2001). While many peo­ple drink pome­gran­ate juice, pome­gran­ate extract may hold even greater benefits.

The ben­e­fit of sup­ple­ment­ing with pome­gran­ate extract (rather than drink­ing the juice or eat­ing the fruit) is that the extract, unlike the juice, con­tains vir­tu­ally no sugar or calo­ries, and requires no refrig­er­a­tion to main­tain opti­mal qual­ity. Inter­est­ingly, com­mer­cial pome­gran­ate juice and whole fruit extracts con­tain ben­e­fi­cial phy­tonu­tri­ents that are not obtained from eat­ing the pome­gran­ate fruit itself (Gil MI et al 2000). In par­tic­u­lar, puni­cala­gins, the pri­mary antiox­i­dant found in pome­gran­ates, are con­cen­trated in the husk and in the juice of the whole fruit (Gil MI et al 2000).

Sci­en­tists are now study­ing pome­gran­ate extract to uncover the many advan­tages it may have for human health. Pome­gran­ates con­tain an array of ben­e­fi­cial phy­tonu­tri­ents such as phe­no­lic com­pounds and tan­nins, includ­ing puni­cala­gins, which are unique to pome­gran­ates. Sev­eral com­pounds in pome­gran­ates are potent antiox­i­dants and ACE inhibitors (Avi­ram M et al 2001). Researchers have deter­mined that oxida­tive stress can dis­rupt the bal­ance of vaso­con­strict­ing and vasodi­lat­ing bio­chem­i­cals in the endothe­lium, con­tribut­ing to high blood pres­sure and endothe­lial dys­func­tion. By quench­ing oxida­tive stress, antiox­i­dants may help pre­vent vaso­con­stric­tion, lower blood pres­sure, and pro­mote healthy endothe­lial func­tion (Kitiyakara C et al 1998).

Addi­tional Nutri­tional Support

While the three nutri­ents dis­cussed can form the back­bone of a nat­ural approach to nor­mal­iz­ing blood pres­sure (and may work in con­junc­tion with blood pressure–lowering med­ica­tion), there are many other nutri­ents that may also help nor­mal­ize blood pressure.

Min­er­als. Mag­ne­sium works in con­junc­tion with cal­cium, potas­sium, vit­a­min D, and other nutri­ents to con­trol the con­trac­tion and relax­ation of mus­cles. It is very impor­tant to main­tain the cor­rect bal­ance for proper blood pres­sure maintenance.

Vit­a­min E is an antiox­i­dant that detox­i­fies (reduces) strong oxi­dants in the body. It sta­bi­lizes cell mem­branes and reg­u­lates oxi­da­tion reac­tions, as well as pro­tects polyun­sat­u­rated fatty acids and vit­a­min A. Meta-analyses have sug­gested that vit­a­min E may be par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial for patients who have high blood pres­sure or car­dio­vas­cu­lar prob­lems (Taber M 2006).

Vit­a­min C, also known as ascor­bic acid, is an antiox­i­dant that pro­tects other bio­chem­i­cals from oxi­da­tion by being oxi­dized itself. A small, well-controlled study of 39 par­tic­i­pants showed that treat­ment with vit­a­min C sig­nif­i­cantly low­ered blood pres­sure after 30 days, while placebo had no effect (Duffy SJ et al 1999).

Omega-3 fatty acids are essen­tial fatty acids, which means the body needs these sub­stances but is unable to man­u­fac­ture them. They must come from food, such as cold-water fish or flaxseed. Stud­ies that have looked at the inci­dence of high blood pres­sure and omega-3 fatty acids in large pop­u­la­tions sug­gest that diets high in omega-3 fatty acids or dietary sup­ple­men­ta­tion with omega-3 fatty acids can reduce blood pres­sure (Hira­fuji M et al 2003). It appears that omega-3 fatty acids have a direct widen­ing effect on blood ves­sels (Din JN et al 2004).  A great source avail­able at my Meta­gen­ics Web­site.  See below.

Coen­zyme Q10 (CoQ10). CoQ10 is found in the mito­chon­dria, which is the energy-producing cen­ter of cells. It is involved in mak­ing the mol­e­cule known as adeno­sine triphos­phate (ATP). ATP is the cell’s major energy source. CoQ10 also serves as an antiox­i­dant. Some stud­ies have sug­gested that CoQ10 may stim­u­late the immune sys­tem and increase resis­tance to dis­ease (Folk­ers K et al 1988), as well as lower blood pres­sure (Hodg­son JM et al 2002).   A good option avail­able on my Meta­gen­ics Web­site.  See below.

L-arginine s a basic amino acid found in many pro­teins and is essen­tial to growth and health main­te­nance in all ver­te­brates. There is abun­dant evi­dence that it also plays an impor­tant role in main­tain­ing endothe­lial func­tion and blood ves­sel dila­tion and in reduc­ing blood pres­sure. L-arginine is a pre­cur­sor to nitric oxide, which is essen­tial for the proper func­tion of the endothe­lium. L-arginine has been shown to boost lev­els of nitric oxide, which reduces endothe­lial dys­func­tion (Boger RH et al 2005; Ras­mussen C et al 2005). This helps main­tain vas­cu­lar integrity (Boger RH et al 2005).  All Amino Acids have an oppo­site to keep them in bal­ance.  So if you increase your intake of L-arginine be sure to con­sider L-Lysine in addition.

Tau­rine– a sulfur-containing amino acid that is clas­si­fied as con­di­tion­ally essen­tial, since the body can pro­duce it from other amino acids, such as cys­teine, based on the body’s needs. A study was per­formed on 10 young adults who were bor­der­line hyper­ten­sive and took 6 g/day of tau­rine. Their aver­age sys­tolic blood pres­sure decreased 9 mm Hg (Fujita T et al 1987). Researchers spec­u­late that tau­rine may mod­u­late an over­ac­tive sym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem (Mil­i­tante JD et al 2002).

Gar­lic:  Many patients who have high blood pres­sure use gar­lic to nor­mal­ize high blood pres­sure or help pre­vent fatty plaque buildup in the arter­ies and block­ages that can lead to heart attack or stroke. The sul­fur com­pounds, espe­cially allicin, are the active ingre­di­ents in gar­lic (Tat­tel­man E 2005). More med­ical research is under­way to assess the use­ful­ness of gar­lic to pre­vent heart dis­ease, stroke, and high blood pres­sure (Edwards QT et al 2005).

Hawthorn (Cratae­gus oxy­a­can­tha; Cratae­gus monog­yna). Hawthorn berries have been used tra­di­tion­ally for car­dio­vas­cu­lar health. Hawthorn appears to mildly reduce blood pres­sure, pos­si­bly via blood ves­sel dila­tion (Chang WT et al 2005; Schus­sler M et al 1995; Leucht­gens H 1993). One study exam­ined the effects of vary­ing doses of hawthorn (500 mg, 600 mg, and a com­bi­na­tion of both dosages) on essen­tial hyper­ten­sion. Researchers found a promis­ing reduc­tion in the rest­ing dias­tolic blood pres­sure of (as well as a reduc­tion in anx­i­ety in) the patients who were tak­ing hawthorn (Walker AF et al 2002).

Olive leaf (Olea europaea) extract. One of the pri­mary active con­stituents of olive leaf extract is oleu­ropein, a com­plex of flavonoids, esters, and iri­doid gly­co­sides, which may have vasodila­tive prop­er­ties. Research on the hypoten­sive effects of this plant found that, when an extract was given for 3 months, blood pres­sure was reduced in all patients and there were no adverse effects (Cherif S et al 1996).

Because many of the nutri­ents that nor­mal­ize blood pres­sure act along the same meta­bolic path­ways as blood pressure–lowering med­ica­tions, it is impor­tant to let your physi­cian know which sup­ple­ments you are tak­ing before begin­ning con­ven­tional blood pres­sure medication.

 

Nutri­ents that may help nor­mal­ize blood pres­sure include:  (Many believe that 115/75 is the opti­mal blood pressure.)

  • C12 Casein Peptide—200 to 400 mil­ligrams (mg)/day
  • •Grape Seed Extract—150 to 300 mg/day
  • •Pome­gran­ate extract—50 to 100 mg/day
  • •Calcium—1200 to 1500 mg/day (with Mag­ne­sium (2–1 ratio)and Vit­a­min D added
  • • CoQ10—100 to 300 mg/day
  • • Garlic—1200 mg/day
  • •Hawthorne—240 mg twice a day between meals
  • •L-Arginine-2000 mg three times a day between meals (con­sider tak­ing L-Lysine as well)
  • •Magnesium—500 mg/day (or more), based on max­i­mum bowel tol­er­ance and hypoten­sive effect; take the most at night before bed
  • •Olive Leaf extract—500 mg/day
  • EPA and DHA Omega 3 Oils—1400 mg/day of EPA and 1000 mg/day of DHA
  • •Potassium—99 mg/day (or more) when instructed to do so by a health care pro­fes­sional, based on blood test results. Dis­cuss with your health professional
  • •SOy Protein—17 to 34 grams (g)/day-if you are non-allergic
  • •Taurine—1000 to 6000 mg/day
  • •Vit­a­min C—1 to 3 g/day
  • •Vit­a­min E—400 Inter­na­tional Units (IU)/day with about 200 mg of gamma-tocopherol

Saftey notes:  Con­sider the effects of each sup­ple­ment taken

An aggres­sive pro­gram of dietary sup­ple­men­ta­tion should not be launched with­out the super­vi­sion of a qual­i­fied physi­cian. Sev­eral of the nutri­ents sug­gested in this pro­to­col may have adverse effects. These include:

Coen­zyme Q10

  • •See your doc­tor and mon­i­tor your blood glu­cose level fre­quently if you take CoQ10 and have dia­betes. Sev­eral clin­i­cal reports sug­gest that tak­ing CoQ10 may improve glycemic con­trol and the func­tion of beta cells in peo­ple who have type 2 diabetes.
  • •Statin drugs (such as lovas­tatin, sim­vas­tatin, and pravas­tatin) are known to decrease CoQ10 levels.

Cal­cium

  • •Do not take cal­cium if you have hypercalcemia.
  • •Do not take cal­cium if you form calcium-containing kid­ney stones.
  • •Ingest­ing cal­cium with­out food can increase the risk of kid­ney stones in women and pos­si­bly men.
  • •Cal­cium can cause gas­troin­testi­nal symp­toms such as con­sti­pa­tion, bloat­ing, gas, and flatulence.
  • •Large doses of cal­cium car­bon­ate (12 grams or more daily or 5 grams or more of ele­men­tal cal­cium daily) can cause milk-alkali syn­drome, nephro­cal­ci­nosis, or renal insufficiency.

EPA/DHA

  • •Con­sult your doc­tor before tak­ing EPA/DHA if you take war­farin (Coumadin). Tak­ing EPA/DHA with war­farin may increase the risk of bleeding.
  • •Dis­con­tinue using EPA/DHA 2 weeks before any sur­gi­cal procedure.

Gar­lic

  • •Gar­lic has blood-thinning, anti­clot­ting properties.
  • •Dis­con­tinue using gar­lic before any sur­gi­cal procedure.
  • •Gar­lic can cause headache, mus­cle pain, fatigue, ver­tigo, watery eyes, asthma, and gas­troin­testi­nal symp­toms such as nau­sea and diarrhea.
  • •Ingest­ing large amounts of gar­lic can cause bad breath and body odor.

Hawthorn

  • •High doses of hawthorn are toxic and may induce seda­tion and abnor­mally low blood pressure.
  • •Do not take hawthorn if you take digoxin. Hawthorn can inter­fere with the effects of digoxin.

L-Arginine

  • •Do not take L-arginine if you have the rare genetic dis­or­der argininemia.
  • •Con­sult your doc­tor before tak­ing L-arginine if you have can­cer. L-arginine can stim­u­late growth hormone.
  • •Con­sult your doc­tor before tak­ing L-arginine if you have kid­ney fail­ure or liver failure.
  • •Con­sult your doc­tor before tak­ing L-arginine if you have her­pes sim­plex. L-arginine may increase the pos­si­bil­ity of recurrence.

Mag­ne­sium

  • •Do not take mag­ne­sium if you have kid­ney fail­ure or myas­the­nia gravis.

Olive Leaf Oil

  • •Do not take olive leaf oil if you have a his­tory of gallstones.

Potas­sium

  • •Do not take potas­sium if you have hyper­kalemia (a greater-than-normal con­cen­tra­tion of potas­sium in the blood).
  • •Con­sult your doc­tor before tak­ing potas­sium for potas­sium deficiency.
  • •Potas­sium can cause rash and gas­troin­testi­nal symp­toms such as nau­sea, vom­it­ing, and diarrhea.

Soy

  • •Do not take soy if you have an estro­gen receptor-positive tumor.
  • •Soy has been asso­ci­ated with hypothyroidism.

Vit­a­min C

  • •Do not take vit­a­min C if you have a his­tory of kid­ney stones or of kid­ney insuf­fi­ciency (defined as hav­ing a serum cre­a­tine level greater than 2 mil­ligrams per deciliter and/or a cre­a­ti­nine clear­ance less than 30 mil­li­liters per minute.
  • •Con­sult your doc­tor before tak­ing large amounts of vit­a­min C if you have hemochro­mato­sis, tha­lassemia, sider­ob­las­tic ane­mia, sickle cell ane­mia, or ery­thro­cyte glucose-6-phosphate dehy­dro­ge­nase (G6PD) defi­ciency. You can expe­ri­ence iron over­load if you have one of these con­di­tions and use large amounts of vit­a­min C.

Vit­a­min D

  • •Do not take vit­a­min D if you have hypercalcemia.
  • •Con­sult your doc­tor before tak­ing vit­a­min D if you are tak­ing digoxin or any car­diac glycoside.
  • •Only take large doses of vit­a­min D (2000 inter­na­tional units or 50 micro­grams or more daily) if pre­scribed by your doctor.
  • •See your doc­tor fre­quently if you take vit­a­min D and thi­azides or if you take large doses of vit­a­min D. You may develop hypercalcemia.
  • •Chronic large doses (95 micro­grams or 3800 inter­na­tional units or more daily) of vit­a­min D can cause hypercalcemia.

If tak­ing pre­scrip­tion drug Coumadin-ok with an emergency-it helps keep arter­ies open dur­ing a heart attack.  Con­sult your Dr while tak­ing Coumadin for extended peri­ods as It is a blood thin­ner.  If tak­ing Coumadin do not take turmeric, niacin or fish oil because it causes the Coumadin to be too effec­tive in thin­ning the blood which could cause a bleed out.  Also do not take it along with blood coag­u­la­tor such as vit­a­min K (grape­fruit) because it can cause a clot and stroke.

Check with your doc­tor before choos­ing a sup­ple­ment program

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