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Understanding Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
By: California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine on November 7, 2013
Treatment & Prevention of Hypertension
Hypertension is a consequence of the interaction between genetics and our environment.
Macro nutrients and micro nutrients are critical to the regulation of blood pressure. The transition from a Paleolithic (caveman) diet, which consists of lean animal proteins, fruits and vegetables, and foods that are low sodium, low fat, high in potassium, and low in refined carbohydrates, to our modern diet, has produced an increase in high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus and obesity.
Studies have shown that a Mediterranean diet (which traditionally includes fruits, vegetables, and grains) and a diet rich in potassium have reduced the risk of stroke and arteriosclerosis by 41% and 76%.
An integrative approach to treat high blood pressure includes proper nutrition, vitamins, anti-oxidants, exercise, weight loss, reduced alcohol intake, and completely eliminating smoking and caffeine from your daily routine. This integrative approach along with the proper blood pressure medications is the best way to reduce blood pressure.
Patients with blood pressure below 140/90, with no risk factors, can be treated with behavior modification.
In treating hypertension, patients should be tested for vitamin deficiency. All nutrients that are depleted should be supplemented until they have returned to normal levels.
Here is a list of some of the common supplements that affect hypertension:
Sodium: The average intake of sodium in the US is 5000 mg/day. The recommended sodium intake is 1500-2000 mg/day. Studies show that increased sodium is associated with high blood pressure.
Potassium: The average diet in the US has only 45 mg/day of potassium. The recommended dose is 5000 mg/day! Clinical trials have shown that blood pressure is reduced with an increased intake of potassium.
Magnesium: A high dietary intake of magnesium, from 500 – 1000 mg/day reduces blood pressure.
Omega 3 Fish Oil has been shown to reduce blood pressure.
Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, CoQ10, Lipoic Acid, Taurine, L-Arginine have all been shown to reduce blood pressure.
In summary, blood pressure can be controlled by a combination of proper diet, exercise, reducing alcohol intake, excluding caffeine and smoking, and nutritional supplements.
In my practice I use HTN Complex™, made by Design for Health.
HTN Complex™ is a formula created to help maintain normal blood pressure levels.
Prevention is better than cure.
Please call the office if you would like to make an appointment: 818.346.1440
Dr. Allan Kurtz
California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine