High Blood Pressure



"A reading in the normal range would be 120/80 or less. (This reads '120 over 80'...
The 1st number is called systolic pressure & the 2nd, diastolic.
Each time the heart beats, there is an increase  in pressure. This high point is called systolic pressure.
In between beats is the low point called diastolic pressure.
Diastolic pressure is given the most attention because if it is too high,
the arteries are under excessive pressure even when the heart is relaxed.
In the nonstressed adult, the diastolic pressure should be well under 90.
In well-conditioned athletes, it's not unusual to find diastolics in the low 60s."


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ACE (angiotensin coverting enzyme) inhibitors help reduce blood pressure
+ help preserve lining of blood vessel wall which repels plaque.  9/1/2004 www.wsj.com
Avocados, yellow potatoes with skin on & bananas provide potassium. @
http://www.mercola.com/nutritionplan/foodalert.htm (Buy organic & make fresh guacamole often.)
Bananas are high in potassium and help prevent high blood pressure. James E O'Brien's
mini magazine The Miracle of Nature's Healing Foods published by Glove Communications Corp.
Bananas are "known to be rich in potassium.
Its high fiber content is also useful in helping to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Studies suggest that one banana a day is enough to help ward off high blood pressure."
@ http://www.methodsofhealing.com/top-ten-foods-that-lower-blood-pressure/
Bananas  http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?pfriendly=1&tname=foodspice&dbid=7
Bananas  http://www.imakenews.com/vitalchoiceseafood/  12/8/2008 -
The amount of potassium in urine samples was strongly related to blood pressure.
People who reported low potassium diets showed lower potassium levels in urine & higher blood pressure."
Blueberries - https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/14/blueberries-may-lower-blood-pressure/ @
https://jandonline.org/article/S2212-2672%2814%2901633-5/abstract -
"Daily blueberry consumption may reduce blood pressure & arterial stiffness,
which may be due, in part, to increased nitric oxide production...
Those who ate the blueberry preparation saw an average 5.1% decrease in systolic blood pressure
(the top number) & a 6.3% decrease in diastolic pressure.
Levels of nitric oxide, known to be involved in relaxing & widening blood vessels,
increased significantly in the blueberry eaters.
Calcium & vitamin D3 "together may help lower blood pressure.
In a study, 80% of women who took recommended daily calcium
& vitamin D experienced a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure.
Only about half of women taking calcium without vitamin D experienced a significant decrease." http://www.chsir.com/News.htm  
Calcium can lower cholesterol and blood pressure. www.naturaldatabase.com 
(However one needs to add a dash of vitamin D3, potassium + magnesium. 
Calcium helps sleep if taken at bedtime.)
Calcium + Vitamin D3 - ACRES U.S.A. - www.acresusa.com In working on a manuscript...
Minerals for the Genetic Code
, we discovered that there are some 22 subatomic particles that ride
in on the photons of light from the sun, which...brings us to vitamin D.  Would you comment on that?
Anderson, Dr Arden - http://www.acresusa.com/toolbox/reprints/Jun06_Andersen.pdf

www.ardenandersen.com it all comes from the sun.  As far as building our physical body, without question,
if we don’t have adequate vitamin D, then it’s more than just an issue of assimilating calcium.
Medical research has shown for quite some time actually that vitamin D is correlated not only to calcium,
but also to the prevention of cancer.
It seems to be correlated to a number of other processes that maintain the health of the body,
many of which we really don’t understand. Without it, there’s a big gap. 
Eg., there’s research showing that high doses of vitamin D may lower blood pressure.
We know that vitamin D has some correlation with depression.
It’s important to understand that all of these things have many more components than we can explain.
Ultimately, it all goes back to energy.
In collecting sunlight, that info. called photons, all of our cells operate from photonic energy anyway.
The vitamin D (especially vitamin D3 which our skin manufactures when exposed to sunlight for at least 10-15 minutes) is, you might say, the wagon component carrying a lot of that information."
Chia (Salvia hispanica) a Peruvian herb may help reduce blood pressure, glucose & inflammation. 
Psyllium and  flaxSEED also may help. 
Chia SEED is high in fiber + contains omega-3 fatty acid alpha linolenic acid, calcium & magnesium.  www.naturaldatabase.com 
Garlic may help reverse high blood pressure, backache, headache, dizziness & angina by dilating the blood vessels.  Burtis, C. Edward  Nature's Miracle Medicine Chest  Arco publishing
(Raw organic garlic cloves would be healthy, as tolerated, in SMALL dosage.)
Garlic lowers blood pressure in hypertensive subjects, improves arterial stiffness and gut microbiota:
 A review and meta-analysis - PMC (nih.gov)
Garlic lowers blood pressure in hypertensive subjects, improves arterial stiffness & gut microbiota. 2/19/2020
Grape seeds [& pomegranates (especially the juice & husk that contain punicalagin tannins)]
may help reduce hypertension.  Hippocrates stated, "Let food be thy medicine & let medicine be thy food."
8/2006www.lef.org (Danger if pregnant - Pomegranates may cause uterine contractions.)  
Fermented soybean food Natto or its enzyme nattokinase (Subtilisin NAT, BSP, a profibrinolytic serine proteinase from Bacillus subtilis) is a superior food for clearing blood of clots.  
Doctor's Prescription for Healthy Living
  volume 6, #12. 
Volume 7, #7 recommends that anyone on a blood thinner use a vitamin K-free product
If a patient is on warfarin, one may add nattokinase & tritate warfarin downward
to maintain prothrombin time of 18-20 seconds. 
Nattokinase contains ACE inhibitors that help prevent salt & water retention that contributes to high blood pressure.
In Volume 7, #3. Ralph Holsworth Jr, DO, of New Mexico suggests using natto for preventing/reversing high blood pressure AND preventing/reversing stroke/embolisms. 
Natto may be found frozen/refrigerated in local Japanese/Chinese grocery stores. 
The food or supplement is usually taken at bedtime or at breakfast. www.freedompressonline.com  www.willner.com/references/nattokinase.htm  
www.jbc.org/cgi/content/full/276/27/24690 www.muomegaques.com/OmegaHealthDecember2002Type2.htm   http://y2khealthanddetox.com    
Fleur de Sel - What is the difference between fleur de sel & sea salt? -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8AayRp9Cno - Fleur de sel is a food garnish not used in cooking.
Herbs https://www.drugs.com/mtm/royal-jelly.html - 1/2023 -
Avoid taking royal jelly with other herbs/supplements that can lower blood pressure.  This includes:
 andrographis, casein protein, 
cat's claw, coenzyme Q-10, fish oil, L-arginine, lycium, stinging nettle & theanine
(UNLESS one is NOT on meds or UNLESS one wishes to reduce both meds + their side effects a wee bit.)
7-Keto DHEA may reduce diastolic pressure per 5/05 Life Extension. Take AM  www.lef.org
Korean Pine Nuts provide Pinolenic acid which releases satiety & appetite-control hormones like CCK & GLO-1. 
They also help to reduce high blood pressure & LDL cholesterol. 7/2006 www.lef.org
Magnesium - http://www.betternutrition.com/magnesium/columns/askthenaturopath/947 -    
"Magnesium acts as a natural calcium channel blocker, supplementation to at least minimal daily requirement of
about 500 mg can help reduce blood pressure (vascular resistance) & promote more efficient heart function...
Magnesium sulfate can be found very inexpensively in big bags on bottom shelf of most health food stores.
This wonderful form of magnesium is more usually known as Epsom salts and is well absorbed through the skin.
Magnesium very effectively displaces lactic acid (a byproduct of anaerobic respiration),
which is why Epsom salts are so helpful to athletes after a hard workout.
For any kind of cramping or threatened muscle cramping, make time before bed for a long soak
in a warm (not scorching hot) tub of water with several cups of Epsom salts poured into the water.
Don’t use Epsom salts internally
, because they have too strong of a laxative effect."
(PS, your roses would love the Epsom salt.)
Magnesium - http://www.virginiahopkinstestkits.com/bloodpressure.html -
"Some high blood pressure is caused by being 30 pounds or more overweight.
If this is you, your blood pressure should drop at least 1 point in both systolic & diastolic readings for every 2 pounds of weight you drop.  The heavier you are, the more dramatic the drop in blood pressure will be...
I don’t like anti-hypertensive drugs because their side effects are often worse than the high blood pressure they’re prescribed to treat
... Simply switching to a whole foods diet can dramatically lower blood pressure.
I also recommend that you take a good magnesium complex with 300-400 mg of magnesium." -
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Blood Pressure
- John R Lee MD
Magnesium Orotate @ http://www.livestrong.com/article/322804-magnesium-orotate-side-effects/ -
"1 role of magnesium is to aid blood pressure regulation. Normal blood pressure is highly regulated within body. 
If blood pressure is too high, you are at increased risk of blood vessel damage or rupture,
while a very low blood pressure can lead to decreased blood flow to the extremities.
UMMC explains that high levels of magnesium in the blood, which would occur after magnesium orotate overuse, can cause chronic low blood pressure, or hypotension.
You can help prevent this side effect by taking the recommended dose of magnesium each day or consuming magnesium through dietary sources instead of supplements." 
(Always offset magnesium with proper level of potassium.)
Medicinal mushrooms. http://www.innateresponse.com/uploads/MaitakeRationale.pdf
Maitake can significantly lower blood pressure, decrease low density lipid proteins (LDL’s)
& help regulate cholesterol' + help reduce hybertension...
Maitake, Grifola frondosa, Hen of the Woods, Sheepshead, dancing mushroom, king of mushrooms, monkey's bench, or shelf fungi "D-fraction is the hot-water-extractable, acid-insoluble, alkali-soluble fraction that has shown promise in cancer treatment."  http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/nov2006.html
"The most widely known Chinese medicinal mushrooms used are (1) maitake (Grifola frondosa)...(2) shiitake (Lentinula edodes, & (3) reishi (Ganoderma lucidum). All of these mushrooms contain potent antitumor polysaccharides. These consist mostly of branched β-(1→ 3)-D-glucans.
Many of these polysaccharides exist as a triple helix that is believed to interact with macrophages.
The response of macrophages to β-(1→ 3)-D-glucans (including D-fraction from Grifola frondosa) has been shown to result from a β-glucan receptor on the cell surface. When fungal β-(1→ 3)-D-glucans bind this receptor, the macrophages increase release of lysosomal enzymes, active oxygen species & cytokine (Borchers et al 1999)." [Readily found in Asian grocery stores.  Besides dried mushrooms, one can buy fresh medicinal mushrooms in grocery stores catering to the Asian or health food customers. 
One can wash, drain & freeze in bulk. Hammer into small useable pieces the frozen mushrooms (especially maitake) contained inside a couple of plastic bags.]
More ideas for fresh mushrooms. http://www.bio.net/bionet//hypermail/mycology/1996-October/004693.html
"Storage: Clean & cut into cooking size pieces (especially umbrella shaped mushrooms).
Freeze in Ziploc bags in 1 meal at a time quantities.  Drying works but smells terrible.
Easy to cook: sauté w/ small amount of chopped garlic in its own juices...
When liquid evaporates add olive oil or butter, a pinch of salt & cook it until slightly browned.
Also, chop it finely & cook same to make a 'mushroom pesto.'  Serve with grated cheese over pasta!"
Mushrooms contain potassium & contribute to lowering blood pressure per 4/2004 Reader's Digest magazine.  www.rd.com
Persimmons contain potassium & calcium, minerals that can help control blood pressure. 
Potassium & magnesium (together in the right proportion) help treat high blood pressure. 
DANGER - Too much potassium causes irregular heart beat &  muscle weakness.
God's Pathway to Healing - Vitamins and Supplements book by Reginald B Cherry MD   www.drcherry.org
Potassium in potatoes & potato skins contribute to reducing stro esota, USA. 
Potato skins
also contain anti-cancer polyphenol & chlorogenic acid. (Use organic.)
James E O'Brian mini magazine The Miracle of Nature's Healing Foods published by Globe Communications Corp.
Potassium   "Studies, including the large Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) study, have linked potassium deficiency to high blood pressure." http://www.imakenews.com/vitalchoiceseafood/
Potassium "milligrams per 100 gm/3.5 oz (in seafood) Halibut - 576, King Salmon - 505, Sablefish - 459,
Silver Salmon - 455, Sockeye Salmon - 375, Scallops - 355, Sardines - 341, Mackerel - 314 mg, Canned Sockeye - 288, King Crab - 262, Albacore Tuna - 237, Shrimp/Prawns - 182" -
12/23/2008 e-newsletter of Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics craig@vitalchoice.com
Potassium And Weight Loss: What You Should Know - Phentermine Clinics
Potassium @ Herbs Can Help Lower Blood Pressure - Fast Rope -
Take Care With Sodium/Potassium Ratio...Sodium & potassium work together
 to affect blood pressure.  
The average reported intake of potassium from food is about half
35 (50%) of the 4,700 mg salt recommended.36 (Sea salt is preferable.)

Bananas contain potassium.  A banana a day keeps the doctor away.
"The average banana contains a whopping 467 mg of potassium & only 1 mg of (natural) sodium, a banana a day may help to prevent high blood pressure & protect against atherosclerosis."
@ http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?pfriendly=1&tname=foodspice&dbid=7 (Organic is best.)
"Raisins (dried grapes) abound with potassium, they also contain magnesium.
Both minerals can help lower blood pressure & reduce stroke risk." 
Thus fresh grapes, should even be better.  http://www.chsir.com/News.htm
Reduce regular processed table salt.  One can substitute UNREFINED salt such as grey Celtic sea salt.
Even though table salt may have a wee bit of needed iodine, the product is refined/stripped of its minerals. 
Unrefined salt contains up to 80 minerals needed by the body. 
Mineral salts help stabilize the body's electrolytes/electrical system.
Seaweed - antioxidant—extracted from a unique type of brown seaweed called Ecklonia cava - http://www.secondopinionnewsletter.com/pages.aspx/29/A%20Powerful%20Natural%20Compound/ SEC/SOPRO1/ Ecklonia cava (EC) may help to improve memory, cut cholesterol, enhance sexual performance by disabling antiplasmins to help with body’s production of nitric oxide, promotes better circulation by helping to regenerate the blood vessel inner lining helping to keep the arterial wall relaxed and dilated, may help reduce or eliminate diabetes meds & may help body burn excess fat by blocking an enzyme that triggers fat creation.
Stevia - https://medlicker.com/886-erythritol-vs-stevia-vs-xylitol
Vitamin E helps to oxidize blood and normalize blood pressure. Burtis, C. Edward  Nature's Miracle Medicine Chest  Arco publishing  
Vitamin K - http://www.westonaprice.org/fat-soluble-activators/x-factor-is-vitamin-k2#fig1 -
"Menaquinone-7 Supplements: Jarrow Formulas & Source Naturals both offer cost-effective MK-7 supplements. Source Naturals' product is less expensive, but Jarrow's contains fewer additives & certifies that the soy used to make the product is not genetically modified.
CAUTION: Vitamin K2 supplements interfere with the activity of oral anticoagulants such as warfarin."
(K2's MK7 moves calcium out of arteries into bones.)


BP (blood pressure) meds can backfire.  CAUTION. 2017 @ MattJC123 @

To add to your PSA, folks who take medicine for hypertension need to be extra careful about potassium intake.
Some common BP drugs work by causing the body to retain potassium, while others cause extra loss of K.
If you are taking BP meds, make sure you understand how they could be affecting your potassium levels
& get tested often.
Remember, an overdose of potassium chloride is the method of choice for stopping the heart
in lethal injection executions.
No joke. I have a friend who wound up in the hospital with serious cardiac rhythm issues
due to supplementing K (potassium or k+) while taking 2 potassium sparing BP meds.
(NOTE: Vitamin K (1+2) is a vitamin that is essential for the body, whereas potassium is a mineral with the letter K on the periodic table.2)

Hyper-Kalemia @ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470284/ - "Hyper-kalemia is defined as a serum or plasma potassium level above the upper limits of normal, usually greater than 5.0 mEq/L to 5.5 mEq/L.
While mild hyperkalemia is usually asymptomatic, high potassium levels may cause life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias, muscle weakness, or paralysis. Symptoms usually develop at higher levels, 6.5 mEq/L to 7 mEq/L, but the rate of change is more important than the numerical value."
or https://www.healthgrades.com/right-care/symptoms-and-conditions/dangers-of-high-potassium-hyperkalemia with symptoms: Fatigue, Muscle weakness, Nausea, Paralysis, &/or Abnormal heart rhythms, which may be life threatening."
L-arginine - "In 1988, a British scientist, Salvador Moncada, identified the substance that converts to Nitric Oxide in the endothelium, an amino acid called L-arginine. "I recommend that you take a high dose of supplemental L-arginine to insure that adequate amounts make their way into the endothelial cells, leading to increases in your levels of your bodily produced nitric oxide"
@ Dr. Louis Ignarro's No More Heart Disease
(WARNING - L-arginine facilitates male erections by providing penus blood vessel dilation. 
However in many seniors L-arginine over dilates/stimulates & can trigger dizziness & heart attacks; dosages in most over the counter L-arginine supplements are extreme.)
Litigation @ https://www.consumersafety.org/drug-lawsuits/lisinopril/
Long-term use or ingestion of large amounts of licorice can raise some people's blood pressure
lead to other problems (headache, lethargy, sodium & water retention, excessive loss of potassium), while garlic helps reduce blood pressure.  
De-glycyrrhizin-ated licorice (caved-s medication) is licorice from which the glycyrrhizin molecule has been removed.  This glycyrrhizin molecule if left in licorice may elevate blood pressure.  1/2008 www.lef.org
Merritt, Dr. Marlene, Merritt Wellness Clinic DBA Primal Health LP, Austin, Texas @ Special Offer (simplebloodpressurefix.com) 2021 - (edited)
The #1 worst drug: Lisinopril, sold as Prinivil & Zestril...can cause nausea, vomiting, fainting, kidney failure & heart attacks. Lisinopril is an “ACE inhibitor.” Which means it blocks enzyme that constricts blood vessels as part of the natural regulation of blood chemistry & pressure. 
The drugs interfere with an important natural process, & doing so can have unintended consequences. 
When Lisinopril works too well, it can cause a rapid loss of blood pressure that makes you swoon with dizziness & even pass out, because ACE inhibitors derive from venom of Brazilian Pit Viper, which causes a rapid loss of blood pressure, literally knocking its prey out..
If you pass out, you could fall & fracture or break a hip, knee or skull...
These drugs don’t magically do their job & disappear.
Our kidneys have to break them down & eliminate their toxic byproducts. 
Lisinopril makes a byproduct called “kinins.”  Many people have trouble clearing kinins. 
If they settle in our lungs, the only way to expel them is to hack (cough) them up.
Some have coughed so hard they’ve vomited, passed out, & cracked ribs...
Lisinopril & drugs like it force blood vessels to dilate, but there’s another way to relax our blood vessels with food... (Beets & leafy green vegetables are)...full of a nutrient called nitrates...
rtichokes, Brazil nuts, halibut, honeydew (melon), prunes, rutabaga, watercress & watermelon (contribute to heart health). 
(Do NOT confuse with unhealthy nitrites, chemicals used to cure processed meats in our body)
Nitrates are converted into a natural compound called Nitric Oxide (NO). 
(Vitamin B3 as niacin or niacinamide is often prescribed to dialate blood vessels.)

#2 worst drug: Metoprolol Succinate sold as Toprol XL
ost complaints are for generic  versions of this drug commonly manufactured outside USA...
Toprol XL
& its kin are "beta blockers," a class of blood pressure drugs that inhibit our "fight or flight" hormone
adrenaline... A drug like Toprol can zap our strength…& make you feel like a zombie... 
A (wild) fish nutrient can naturally (help) modulate adrenaline...
he nutrient lowers heart rate, adrenaline, & cortisol, the “stress hormone.”

#3 worst drug: Amlodipine & Chlorothiazside, also known as Norvasc & Diuril. 
also are Tekamlo, Amturnide, Caduet, & Lotrel, drugs notorious for causing headaches, hair loss, intestinal upset, & diarrhea. 
can hijack our emotions... over time & cause depression, anxiety & suicidal thoughts. 
often causes painful swelling in feet, ankles & wrists, because it’s a “calcium channel blocker” that lowers blood pressure by dampening electrical signals to muscles. 
Blood vessels constrict less, so the pressure goes down…right along with motor skills & energy.
Then blood starts to pool around ankles & wrists...
Calcium channel blockers like Amlodipine tamper with our heart’s electrical circuits to release the tension in blood vessels… One can (sometimes) accomplish the same thing by listening to certain kinds of relaxing music.
#4 worst drug:
Chlorothiazide (Diuril) & also Zesteretic, Losartan & Valsartan.
can cause bad headaches, blurred vision, lightheadedness, & upset stomach.
It also increases risk of painful muscle cramping, paralysis, seizure, slipping into a coma & i
n some cases, screw up  heart rhythm so badly the heart stops dead.  Diuril is a “diuretic” or “water pill” flushing excess water & salt out of our system…While less water in our body means less pressure in our arteries, there’s a risk… Diuretics also flush out vital nutrients, including electrolytes, which our body needs to keep our heart rhythm normal...

(One needs his electrolites/electrial-magnetic frequencies.)
  American Heart Association has it WRONG on SALT.
You can enjoy salt again, (as long as it’s sea salt containing minerals. 
Hint: Not the 1 in the dark blue canister, nor any salt substitute)...
Chinese "Dragon tea" has been shown to replenish electrolytes & minerals & a boon to  maintain healthy blood pressure...
Never eat foods (or cook) with trans fats...(& finally, always read) food labels.
Walker, Norman Wardhaugh - Becoming Younger -
"High blood pressure (no less than low blood pressure) is nothing more that the result of eating too many (or insufficient) carbon (starchy/sweet) foods (especially factory made bread/pasta/desserts/cereals). 
These form carbonic acid which interferes with the smooth & rhythmic function of blood & heart. 
Sugar...has the same effect." 
Take a look at
Nigel R. Webster, Helen F. Galley's Anaesthesia Science John A Kellum's
chapter 14 Acid - Base Balance - Albumin & Strong Ions discussion of Henderson-Hasselbalch (HH) equation explaining how carbon dioxide (a CO2) increase or decrease affects both PH & electrical charge of one's blood. 
Excellent overview at
Anaesthesia Science - Google Books Result  Also see  http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/medical/poisoning_by_carbonic_acid_anhydrase_inhibitors.htm
As well as http://www.emergency-dentists.com/sodapop_enamel_erosion.html
citing carbonated drinks as a danger to teeth enamel