Fish oils consist of omega 3 fatty acids that improve the risk of heart disease and hypertension by improving blood flow. Fish oils also have a beneficial effect on lowering cholesterol and blood lipids, a contributing factor in heart disease.
Dose: range from 3-5 grams a day.
Garlic (allium sativa)
Garlic is not only a food but good medicine! Garlic has a direct anti-atherosclerotic effect and can reduce platelet aggregation, allowing for smooth flow of blood in the vessels.
Doses of allicin containing garlic preparations should be are typically 900 mg per day (providing 5,000 to 6,000 mcg of allicin), divided into two or three administrations.
Also known as Indian snakeroot, Rauwolfia serpentia is an ayuvedic herb shown to lower blood pressure by acting similar to b-blockers. When Rauwolfia is used as a whole herbal product, it is very effective and safe for the treatment of hypertension. Reserpine, an alkaloid chemical isolated from it, has a strong blood pressure lowering effect, however, using resperine alone may potentially cause side effects like depression, fatigue and lowered libido.
Dose: 50 to 200 mg/day.
Coenzyme Q10, also known as ubiqinone, is an antioxidant nutrient involved in the production of energy, and is especially good for nutrition of the heart muscle itself. Many people with HTN have low levels of CoQ10. It reduces oxidation of the plaques and may help normalize heart function brought on by other conditions, i.e. abnormal heart beats and cardiomyopathies. It has been shown to be particularly effective in systolic hypertension.
Dose: 100 mg or more per day
Arginine is an amino acid; it is the most abundant nitrogen carrier in the human body. Arginine converts to nitric oxide, a chemical which relaxes endothelial cells and can lower BP.
Dose: 2 g tid
Magnesium is deficient is many with high blood pressure, and 50% of magnesium deficient individuals with HTN will respond when Mg is given that restore serum magnesium levels.
Dose: 300-500 mg / day.
Calcium is almost always low in individuals with HTN. As with Magnesium, when given, it can bring elevated blood pressure back to normal.
Dose: 800 mg / day.
Vitamin C is needed for several metabolic pathways in the body. Vitamin C helps eliminate toxic elements such as lead, which is associated with high blood pressure. Vitamin C also reduces LDL cholesterol, which when elevated can have an effect on the size of the arteries and increase resistance and blood pressure.
Dose: 1000 mg or more / day