High blood pressure
Vitamin C – vitamin C is important in supporting the adrenal glands and is required for vascular flexibility. Studies have shown that vitamin C supplementation can result in a modest BP reduction of 5mm Hg in those with raised BP .
Vitamin E - Vitamin E provides significant benefit in protecting against heart disease and stroke. The Cambridge Heart Antioxidant Study showed in 2000 subjects with existing heart disease, that after 510 days on either 400 or 800 IU/day of vitamin E experienced a significant 47% reduction in cardiovascular disease death. Some of the protective effects of vitamin E are due to its ability to modulate nitric oxide (NO) reactions.
Magnesium - Magnesium has been referred to as “nature’s calcium channel-blocker” due to its ability to block calcium’s entry into heart and muscle cells. The resultant effect is improved vascular resistance, and improved overall heart function. Magnesium has been shown to be useful in a number of cardiovascular conditions including; acute myocardial infarction, angina, arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, intermittent claudication, and high blood pressure.
Garlic - garlic has a protective effect on cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. Garlic inhibits platelet aggregation thus reducing blood ‘stickiness’ and risk of atherosclerosis.
Flax Seed Oil – Increasing the intake of omega 3 fatty acids can lower blood pressure. 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil per day has been shown to lower both systolic and diastolic readings by up to 9mm Hg.
Hawthorn Berry - hawthorn exerts a mild blood- pressure lowering effect. These effects are gradual and may take up to two weeks to take effect. The hypotensive effects only cause slight effects in those with normal blood pressure.
CoQ10 – deficiency of Q10 has been shown to be present in thirty-nine percent of patients with high BP. CoQ10 supplementation lowers blood pressure typically by 10% over a 4-12 week period, via a multi-faceted effect through lowering cholesterol levels and stabilising the vascular system through its antioxidant effects.