What is the best high blood pressure natural remedies anyway?
Fortunately, there are quite a few natural herbal remedies and supplements that work well in lowering high blood pressure.
These herbs and natural substances are a great first option to use when you have been initially diagnosed with high blood pressure.
As well, did you know that cutting back on your salt intake significantly lowers blood pressure as well?
Below is a detailed list of high blood pressure natural remedies. For a quick summary only, go to our High Blood Pressure Information article.
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|Coenzyme Q10|| (What's this?)
Coenzyme Q10 is shown to lower blood pressure.
This vitamin-like chemical is one of the better high blood pressure natural remedies considered by many experts.
Dose: Start with 100 mg once daily and increase to 100 mg twice daily if needed.
(Omega-3 fatty acids)
We consider it a must-take supplement.
Dose: Take 2 grams daily to start. Experts suggest 4 grams daily for those individuals who have high cholesterol.
Garlic is also a must-take supplement similar to fish oil. Clinical studies show that garlic lowered blood pressure by as much as 7%.
Dose: Take 200 mg three times daily.
Clinical studies showed that a diet high in extra virgin olive oil can significantly lower high blood pressure.
In some situations, individuals can reduce or even stop their prescription blood pressure medications. Consider increasing the use of extra virgin olive oil in your diet.
Olive oil used extensively in the Mediterranean diet. This diet is shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Dose: Take between 30 to 40 grams daily as part of your diet.
A meta-analysis study showed that drinking 250 mL (1 cup) of pomegranate juice daily reduced blood pressure significantly.
Dose: Drink 1 cup of pomegranate juice daily.
One clinical study showed that turmeric can lower systolic blood pressure in individuals suffer from a type of kidney disease.
Dose: Take 500 mg three times daily.
Hawthorn has been shown to lower blood pressure modestly.
Dose: Take 160 mg up to 1,800 mg daily (divide the dose to three times daily.)
Stevia is best known as the natural sweetener.
It is used as a zero-calorie replacement for sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Note that the dose used as a sweetener is much lower than what is needed to lower blood pressure.
Dose: Take 250 to 500 mg three times daily.
Hibiscus is shown to lower blood pressure in well-designed clinical study done in Mexico by lead researcher Herrera-Arellano.
The study used an extract of hibiscus containing 250 mg of total anthocyanins daily.
Dose: Make a decoction by placing 1.5 grams of the flower in 100 mL of water for 10 minutes. Drink once daily before breakfast.
Or take a supplement containing 250 mg of anthocyanins daily.
A well-designed clinical study involving 86 participants showed that taking nattokinase lowered blood pressure modestly.
Dose: See this detailed review on nattokinase before using nattokinase for treating high blood pressure.
There are some suspected dangers and side effects linked to using this enzyme that you need to be aware of.
Studies done in rats showed that asthaxanthin lowered blood pressure.
Research studies done in animals show some blood pressure lowering benefits from taurine.
Suggested Dose: Take 2 to 4 grams daily have been suggested.
Suggested Dose: Some experts suggest taking 2 grams three times daily.
|Apple Cider Vinegar||
One study conducted in rats showed that apple cider vinegar lowered blood pressure modestly.
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|Calcium & Magnesium|| (What's this?)
Calcium and magnesium are used by your muscles for contracting and relaxation.
Studies showed that these two minerals lowered blood pressure. As well, these minerals are used by your body to build bones.
Dose: Take 600 mg of magnesium daily up to twice daily if needed. Also take up to 1,500 mg of calcium daily.
Studies showed that vitamin C reduced blood pressure.
In addition, it is an antioxidant that can protect your cells against oxidative damage.
Dose: Take 500 mg once or twice daily.
Many studies showed that high doses of potassium (2,400 mg daily) lowered blood pressure. This is very high dose that should only be taken under the supervision of a physician.
Dose: Consult your doctor for a proper dosage as most potassium supplements only contain 100 mg.
The high dose needed to lower blood pressure can cause significant side effects. Vegetables and fruits contain significant amounts of potassium and is a great source.
Population studies seemed to show that a lower level of vitamin D is linked to higher incidents of high blood pressure.
Since vitamin D serves many functions in our body, it would be wise to take this.
Dose: Take 400 to 1,000 IU daily.
Vitamin E is shown to lower blood pressure in animal studies.
This is shown to be somewhat effective in treating high blood pressure during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia).
This study looked at the combination of vitamin E and vitamin C.
Dose: Take 400 IU daily.
This article just focused on natural supplements for helping with hypertension.
For some useful tips on controlling your blood pressure, see our article High Blood Pressure Info.
Can taking natural remedies actually lower blood pressure?
Yes indeed. There's little doubt about this as many of them have scientific studies to back up their claims.
Indeed there are many choices for individuals who would like to tray natural remedies as a first-line solution.
When combined with a healthy diet low in salt and regular physical activities, many people can control mild to moderate high blood pressure without resorting to taking prescription medications.
Blood pressure is something you can easily measure yourself so invest in a blood pressure monitor for home use.
This way, you can check your blood pressure daily and track your results. And as always, it's a good idea to let your doctor know what you are trying out first.
Revised: September 7, 2017