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Supplements vs. Pharmaceuticals: Which Would You Prefer For High Blood Pressure?

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Hate popping pills? We don’t blame you, but sometimes our bodies need a little extra support to regain optimal balance and function. Supplementing with key nutrients may allow you to avoid pharmaceuticals in the future (or get them out of your life completely).

How are supplements any different from prescription drugs? High-quality supplements merely have ingredients your body needs without a lot of toxic additives, preservatives, and colorants. There may be less susceptibility to negative side effects.

An example would be diuretics for high blood pressure. Sure, they may help lower blood pressure, but you may also get increased urination, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, weakness, leg cramps, foot pain, and gout. So, your blood pressure may be lower, but you may have trouble walking/exercising to continue to improve your health. It becomes a quality of life question.

Make the change

Changing your overall lifestyle will change your overall health. Here are 5 supplements that will reduce your blood pressure, along with suggestions to improve your health and avoid pharmaceuticals.

  1. Beetroot Powder

    Nature loaded beets with nitrates. When converted to nitric oxide, it signals blood vessel cells to RELAX. As they relax, blood vessels open and blood pressure normalizes. The steps in the process are not that easy and require cofactors like oral bacteria (probiotics), stomach acid (digestive enzymes), B vitamins, and magnesium. Plenty of toxins in our food and environment can interfere with the production of nitric oxide. None-the-less, beetroot powder is the first supplement I reach for with my hypertensive patients.

  2. Magnesium

    Magnesium is nature’s calcium channel blocker, thus allowing blood vessels to relax instead of contract. The result, again, is lower blood pressure. Researchers also link low magnesium to high blood pressure in just about every study, and magnesium supplements have plenty of data to prove they work. I prefer a combination of magnesium formulations to get the job done.

  3. Potassium

    Potassium goes hand in hand with magnesium to support healthy blood pressure. The higher your blood potassium, the more normal your blood pressure. So many pharmaceuticals lead to low potassium in the blood AND in the cells. I love potassium-rich foods like avocado and yams, but sometimes we need to add in the potassium supplement. Capsules don’t contain enough potassium, so we need to reach for our powder.

  4. Amino Acids

    Following the theme of nitric oxide and the importance of beetroot powder, amino acids like arginine, citrulline, and taurine are critical for the production and recycling of nitric oxide. We find these amino acids in protein-rich foods, but combining them with a potent supplement can help you improve your health immensely.

  5. CoQ 10

    The fuel factory of the cell is the mitochondria and CoQ 10 makes the mitochondria function. Clinical trials show this nutrient lowers blood pressure. The best food source of CoQ 10 is the animal heart, but I realize many people may not want to consume the heart in its natural state. That is why we recommend a direct supplement form that is great for just about everyone, but certainly for people with high blood pressure.

Supplementing with key nutrients can definitely help, but band-aids are not the solution. Proper nutrition, sleep, water, and sunshine all combine to improve your wellbeing. Take the steps now to improve your quality of life. Get started by getting your nutrients tested and contact a health coach today. The first call is FREE!

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