High Blood Pressure
(hypertension)

 

Understanding

http://www.bodyandfitness.com/Information/Health/bloodpressure.htm
"A reading in the normal range would be 120/80 or less. (This reads '120 over 80'...The first number is called systolic pressure and the second, 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."
http://www.medicinenet.com/lowering_blood_pressure_pictures_slideshow/article.htm
 

Research

 
Cytomegalo virus (CMV) http://www.news-medical.net/news/2009/05/15/Cytomegalovirus-may-cause-high-blood-pressure.aspx
 
 
 

Alternative Medicine

 
ACE (angiotensin coverting enzyme) inhibitors help reduce blood pressure
+ help preserve lining of blood vessel wall which repels plaque.  9/1/04 www.wsj.com
Avocados, yellow potatoes with skin on, and bananas provide potassium. - http://www.mercola.com/nutritionplan/foodalert.htm
(Buy organic and 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 whose reported diets were low in potassium also showed lower potassium levels in their urine and 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 and 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) and a 6.3% decrease in diastolic pressure. Levels of nitric oxide, known to be involved in relaxing and widening blood vessels, increased significantly in the blueberry eaters."
 
Calcium and vitamin D3 "together may help lower blood pressure. In a study,
80% of women who took the recommended daily amount of calcium and vitamin D experienced
 a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure. Only about half of the 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 donít have adequate vitamin D, then itís 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 donít understand. Without it, thereís a big gap. For example, thereís research showing that high doses of vitamin D may lower blood pressure. We know that vitamin D has some correlation with depression, and itís important to understand that all of these things have many more components than we can explain - and ultimately, it all goes back to energy. So in collecting that sunlight, that information 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 and inflammation. 
Psyllium and  flaxSEED also may help.  Chia SEED is high in fiber + contains omega-3 fatty acid
alpha linolenic acid, calcium and magnesium.  www.naturaldatabase.com 
Garlic may help reverse high blood pressure, backache, headache, dizziness and angina by dilating the blood vessels.  Burtis, C. Edward  Nature's Miracle Medicine Chest  Arco publishing
Grape seeds [and pomegranates (especially the juice and husk that contain punicalagin
tannins)] may help reduce hypertension. 
Hippocrates stated, "Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food." 8/2006 www.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 and 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 and sea salt? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8AayRp9Cno
Fleur de sel is a food garnish not used in cooking.
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 and appetite-control hormones like
CCK and GLO-1.  They also help to reduce high blood pressure and 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 the minimal daily requirement of about 500 mg can help reduce blood pressure (vascular resistance) and promote more efficient heart function...
Magnesium sulfate can be found very inexpensively in big bags on the 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. Donít 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 one point in both the systolic and diastolic readings for every two pounds of weight you drop. The heavier you are, the more dramatic the drop in blood pressure will be...I donít like anti-hypertensive drugs because their side effects are often worse than the high blood pressure theyíre 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/ -
"One role of magnesium is to aid in blood pressure regulation. Normal blood pressure is highly regulated within the body - if your 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 (LDLís) and
help regulate cholesterol" + help reduce hypertension.
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, and (2) 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, and 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 and 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 and 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: sautť w/ small amount of chopped garlic in its own juices...
When liquid evaporates add olive oil or butter, a pinch of salt and 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 and contribute to lowering blood pressure
per 4/04 Reader's Digest magazine.  www.rd.com
Persimmons contain potassium and 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 and potato skins contribute to reducing strokes and high blood pressure per Dr Louis Tobian, University of Minnesota, USA. 
Potato skins
also contain anti-cancer polyphenol and chlorogenic acid.
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
Bananas contain potassium.  A banana a day keeps the doctor away. "The average banana contains a whopping 467 mg of potassium and only 1 mg of (natural) sodium, a banana a day may help to prevent high blood pressure and 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 and 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 - antioxidantóextracted 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 bodyís 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, and 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 and Source Naturals both offer cost-effective MK-7 supplements. Source Naturals' product is less expensive, but Jarrow's contains fewer additives and certifies that the soy used to make the product is not genetically modified. Vitamin K2 supplements interfere with the activity of oral anticoagulants such as warfarin."
(K2's MK7 moves calcium out of arteries into bones.)
 

CAUTIONS

 
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"
 http://www.livingwithoutdisease.com/index.php?route=references/ignarro from 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 and can trigger dizziness and heart attacks; dosages in most over the counter L-arginine supplements are extreme.)
Long-term use or ingestion of large amounts of licorice can raise some people's blood pressure
and lead to other problems (headache, lethargy, sodium and water retention, excessive loss of potassium), while garlic helps reduce blood pressure.  
http://www.arthritissupport.com/library/showarticle.cfm/id/948
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
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 and rhythmic function of the blood and of the 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 and Strong Ions discussion of the Henderson-Hasselbalch (HH) equation explaining how carbon dioxide (a CO2) increase or decrease affects both the PH
and the 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