Nutrition

Supplements To Lower Blood Pressure

Supplements To Lower Blood Pressure

Ignorance is bliss, right? Not for blood pressure.

 

Every year, the 17th May is dedicated to World Hypertension Day (WHD), a day committed to raising awareness of high blood pressure. Currently, over 16 million people in the UK are suffering from the condition and some are completely unaware that they have it. Headaches, dizziness and even anxiety are all early warning signs, but the best way to diagnose hypertension is by going to the GP.  Leave it unchecked and you could be putting yourself at risk of a whole host of cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease, angina or stroke.

Blood pressure is a measure of the force that your heart uses to pump blood around your body.*

*It is displayed as two numbers; systolic or diastolic. Systolic is the pressure your blood exerts when the heart is beating, and diastolic when the heart is at rest.

 

What causes high blood pressure?

  • Excessive salt intake
  • Lack of exercise
  • High levels of saturated fat
  • Stress
  • Lack of fruit and vegetables

What is a healthy blood pressure?

An ideal blood pressure is more than 120/80 and less than 140/90 mmHg. Hypertension, therefore, arises when your blood pressure goes above 140/90 for a long period of time. There are many lifestyle changes you can make to help lower blood pressure such as increasing exercise, cutting back on salt, losing weight and eating a healthy balanced diet. You can also up your certain vitamins and minerals for the most effective way to naturally lower your risk of hypertension.

Supplements to lower blood pressure

 

Potassium

Working with sodium, potassium helps regulate the body’s water balance by a system known as the sodium/potassium pump.  In short, this ‘pump’ pushes sodium ions out of your cells and draws potassium in. Not enough potassium means we retain more sodium resulting in high blood pressure. Supplementing daily with potassium could help control or even prevent the onset of high blood pressure or hypertension.

Recommended daily amount (RDA): 3,400 mg – only 2% of the population consume this daily.

Best Natural Sources:

  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Yoghurt
  • Spinach

The solution: 1 myvitamins tablet, 3 times a day  (900mg) + a diet rich in leafy greens, avocados.

 

Trans-resveratrol

A bit of a red wine lover? You’ll be happy to hear the compound, known as trans-resveratrol commonly found in a glass of rouge could help protect you against high blood pressure. Trans-resveratrol is a natural phenol found in the skin and vines of grapes. Being a powerful antioxidant, it has a unique ability to reduce the risks high blood pressure by preventing the build-up of fatty deposits (atherosclerosis) in the arteries.

Best Natural Sources

  • Red Wine
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Almonds

The solution: 2 myvitamins Trans-Resveratrol  tablets a day (154mg Trans Resveratrol per tablet)

 

Go with the flow

If you’re after a complete all-rounder then our multivitamin blend, Go With The Flow is the man for the job. It contains a synergistic blend of Plant Sterols, Choline and Fish Oils all of which work together to look after your cardiovascular health.

Plant Sterols have a similar structure to cholesterol and have been found to help increase HDL (good cholesterol) levels, subsequently lowering blood pressure.  The B-vitamin Choline also helps to lower cholesterol levels, while regulating blood flow and maintaining lipid and homocysteine metabolism. The remainder of potent ingredients including omega-3 and green tea work together to protect the body against oxidative stress making Go With The Flow the ideal supplement for complete heart health!

 

 

Don’t be part of the statistic, Hypertension is a preventable condition and we are therefore urging you to #KnowYourNumbers this World Hypertension Day. For more information or nutritional advice on how you can lead a healthier lifestyle, talk to us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram,. Check out our heart & circulation range for more powerful products to keep your heart in the very best condition.

 


http://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/potassium-lowers-blood-pressure



Amanda Ashman

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