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KathyL 01-21-2013 04:18 PM

Supplements for lowering blood pressure?
Not really JUDDD related but so many of you seem to be up on these things I thought I'd ask here. Dh's BP has always been borderline high though when he's really really good with his eating habits and taking things like garlic it's much better. His I think is due mostly to stress since it was really good while on vacation. I also have a friend who has been JUDDDing for 4-5 months now. Doing great losing weight but his BP is high as well and he's not really wanting to go the med route just yet. So we're looking for other things to try first. Any recommendations???

Carly 01-21-2013 04:56 PM

Did someone say the pterostilbene may lower BP? I think one of the last pgs of the pterostilbene thread talks about BP.

Carly 01-21-2013 05:00 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm experimenting this down day with having 2 ptero at once in the morning, one mid-day. I was taking (inconsistently) 2 on down days, one on up days, but I heard on Dr. Oz that to improve memory, 50 mg-150 mg/day is suggested based on weight.

One of the first human studies on ptero and blood pressure gave 100-250 mg ptero a day to participants, and those who took more had more significant blood pressure reductions. So it sounds like taking 150 mg., especially at my current weight, would be fine ... so I'm going to just see.

I've noticed definite mental sharpness on ptero and some appetite suppression, but not so much energy (and I really want that benefit). Probably I should also be more consistent in taking it, though! I don't have any sleep issues on it at all.
From the pterostilbene thread

sunday 01-21-2013 05:28 PM

Yes, this is true, somewhere I posted a scientific link to the ptero reducing blood pressure and blood sugar. :) I will try and locate it.

Rayne_W 01-21-2013 05:31 PM

Hibiscus tea.

sunday 01-21-2013 05:36 PM

There is an excellent Youtube video that is by Dr. Jeremy Bartos who explains all about the benefits of ptero.

Also, Ole Miss is the school who did much of the original research on ptero. Below is the link re- blood pressure relief.

Clinical Trial Reveals Pterostilbene Reduces Blood Pressure in Adults | Ole Miss News

Clinical trial reveals pterostilbene reduces blood pressure in adults

KathyL 01-21-2013 06:38 PM

Thanks! I wondered if ptero. would help. It's also supposed to help with mental clarity which is something else dh wrestles with....and I think that's due to his midnight shift work schedule. The best thing for him would be if he could quit his job. But that's not going to happen, at least not for another 15 years. :/

piratejenny 01-21-2013 07:14 PM

Some people have side effects with ptero (headaches and hypoglycemia), so personally that wouldn't be my first choice.

I lowered my blood pressure from something like 165/100 to about 115/75 in just a couple weeks with:
*hawthorn berry--this is probably the most popular natural remedy for hbp
*olive leaf--full spectrum worked best for me, not extract or liquid (2 caps 2x/day)
*hibiscus tea--I get the Frontier Herbs brand, in a 1-lb bag. I put 1/4 cup of the dried flowers in a jar with about 2 cups cold water. Then I add a splash to my drinks/iced teas throughout the day...this actually lasts me 2 or 3 days, usually. It's very tart! It's a mild diuretic.
*green tea--I use decaf, brew 4 bags at a time so I have enough for the whole day (sometimes lasts me 2 days)
*Vitamin C--I get powder, put 1/4 tsp in my green tea/hibiscus mix
*cayenne pepper--very effective for lowering blood pressure. Tabasco sauce is made from cayenne pepper, if you don't cook with cayenne very often.

IIRC, anything that improves elasticity of the blood vessels will normalize blood pressure.

Salt, contrary to popular belief, does not in & of itself cause hbp. Retaining water does...so really it's not necessarily a matter of too much salt, but not enough potassium and magnesium (which balance the salt and let the body release excess water). I take mag & potassium 2x/day.

HTH! :)

KathyL 01-21-2013 10:02 PM

I read something recently about water retention and hpb and dh does have a lot of water retention so I was considering potassium. Thank you for those suggestions!

piratejenny 01-21-2013 10:17 PM

You're welcome!
I have read that mild hbp can often be treated with a mild diuretic, no medication needed. However, I prefer natural diuretics to pharmaceutical ones.

Potassium pills come in a maximum dose of 99mg, which is a very low dose.
To save money, I get NuSalt at the grocery store plus empty gel caps and make my own pills.

At home I use unrefined sea salt or pink Himalayan salt, and they don't cause water retention for me. But if I eat something like Chinese food, I'll have a problem! I take an extra potassium pill and deflate very quickly. :laugh:

The hibiscus tea is very gentle and a good option for anyone who has to avoid potassium. If you can't find it as a single ingredient tea, the Celestial Seasoning Red Zinger tea is made with hibiscus.

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