Blood Pressure

man or woman with high blood pressure or hypertension

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension

Naturopathic Doctors

Our naturopathic doctors can help to naturally lower your blood pressure without medications.

Diet for high blood pressure

Our naturopaths can recommend dietary changes to help lower blood pressure, strengthen the heart and blood vessels and support the cardiovascular system.

Exercise for hypertension

Our naturopathic doctors can advise on the best exercise to lower blood pressure

Herbs, Vitamins & Minerals

Supplements can be used to naturally lower blood pressure by addressing the underlying cause of why your blood pressure is high:

  1. Arteriosclerosis – hardening of the arteries due to build up of plaque on the walls of the artery
  2. Kidney disease
  3. Stress/tension

Acupuncture, TCM and High Blood Pressure

Our TCM and acupuncture expert, Joy Walraven, can help naturally strengthen the cardiovascular system and lower blood pressure with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese herbs.

Registered Massage Therapy

If blood pressure is high due to stress or tension, massage therapy is an excellent way to reduce stress, increase parasympathetic nervous system activity and promote relaxation and overall wellness.

Low Blood Pressure

Do you get dizzy or light-headed if you stand up too quickly?  That sensation you feel is likely from your blood pressure dropping.  It shouldn’t.  As you stand up your blood pressure should naturally come up to maintain adequate blood flow to your brain.

The body’s mechanisms to increase low blood pressure include increasing heart rate and contraction, constricting blood vessels and retaining water.  Many of these tools are regulated by the adrenal glands, small glands that sit on top of the kidneys.  Poorly functioning adrenal glands can negatively influence blood pressure.  The severe version of this is termed Addison’s disease, however, there is a spectrum of adrenal dysfunction that is less severe than Addison’s.  Other causes of low blood pressure include: kidney disease, heart disease, blood loss, shock, dehydration and medication side effects.

Our naturopathic doctors can help regulate both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure & Natural Treatment Research

Vitamin C

Plasma levels of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) were found to be inversely associated with systolic and diastolic blood pressure in women. Source: Nutr J, 2008; 7(1): 35.

Tomato extract/Lycopene

In subjects with moderate uncontrolled hypertension, the addition of tomato extract to 1 or 2 anti-hypertensive drugs was found to significantly reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Source: Cardiovasc Drugs Ther, 2008 Dec 4.

Lycopene supplementation greater than 12 mg/day were found to significantly reduce systolic blood pressure. Source: Nutrients, 2013 Sept 18; 5(9): 3696-712.

Salt

Adherence to a low-salt diet was found to lower blood pressure in women. The results suggest that older females with hypertension have a sensitivity to dietary sodium intervention. Source: J Hypertens, 2009; 27(1): 48-54.

Dietary salt intake (DSI) in normotensive populations was found to have a linear relationship with blood pressure (BP), emphasizing the strong deleterious effect of DSI on BP.  Source: Eur J Clin Nutr, 2012 Apr; 66(4):533-5.

Aged Garlic Extract

Supplementation with aged garlic extract may help lower systolic blood pressure. Source: Maturitas, 2010 Jun 29;.

 

Omega-3s

Supplementation with omega-3 plant sterol esters for 12 weeks was found to decrease triglycerides by 19% and diastolic blood pressure and hsCRP by 7%. Source: Cardiovasc Drugs Ther, 2010 July 9.

Magnesium

Supplementation with magnesium may prevent hypertension in women in the final trimester of pregnancy. Source: Arch Gynecol Obstet, 2013 May 30

After 12 weeks of supplementation in pregnant women, those taking magnesium had significantly lower blood pressure than those in the placebo group. Source: Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2013 May 30.

Magnesium has subtle muscle relaxing properties as well as lowering blood pressure and has been found to increase effectiveness of all types of antihypertensive medications. Source: Complementary Prescriptions Journal, Vol.26, Issue 12, Dec. 2012

Supplementation with magnesium and potassium can improve the therapeutic effect, decrease dosage, and minimize side effects of antihypertensives. Source: Complementary Prescriptions Journal, Vol.26, Issue 12, Dec. 2012

Research has shown that supplementation with magnesium reduces blood pressure. Source: Eur J Clin Nutr, 2012 Apr; 66(4):411-8.

Vitamin C

Supplementation with vitamins C and E in hypertensive men was found to reduce blood pressure. Source: Clin Exp Hypertens, 2013 May 9.

Vitamin C supplementation in patients with essential hypertension significantly lowered systolic, diastolic and mean arterial blood pressures. Source: Clin Sci (Lond). 2008 May;114(10):625-34.

Vitamin C supplementation for a median period of 8 weeks was found to reduce systolic blood pressure.  Source: Am J Clin Nutr, 2012 April 4

Naringin

Naringin, a flavonoid responsible for grapefruit’s bitter taste, was found to normalize systolic blood pressure and improve vascular dysfunction and vascular diastolic dysfunction.  Source: Nutrients, 2013 Feb 27; 5(3): 637-50.

Vitamin D

A casual link between hypertension and vitamin D deficiency was discovered in a large-scale genetic study. Source: ScienceDaily, 10 Jun. 2013. Web. 15 Jun. 2013.

Serum concentrations of vitamin D and parathyroid hormone were found to be independently associated with blood pressure and with the presence of hypertension or prehypertension.  Source: J Hypertens, 2010 July 5; [Epub ahead of print].

Resveratrol

Supplementation with resveratrol may improve flow-mediated dilation of the brachial artery in obese subjects with untreated borderline hypertension. Source: Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis, 2010 Jul 29.

Lifestyle

Researchers found that decreasing systolic blood pressure to lower than 130 mm Hg in patients with diabetes and coronary artery disease is associated with a increased risk of all-cause mortality. Diet and weight loss were found to be better alternatives for this population of patients. Source: JAMA. 2010;304(1):61-68.

L-theanine

L-theanine was found to decrease blood pressure in high stress-response adults. Source: J Physiol Anthropol. 2012 Oct 29;31(1):28.

Qigong

Quigong, a Chinese therapy close to Tai Chi involving movement and coordinated breathing patterns, was found to have a positive effect on blood pressure. Source: Complementary Prescriptions Journal, Vol.27, Issue 3, Feb 2013.

 

Vitamin E

After supplementation with vitamin E, patients with essential hypertension had significantly lower systolic, diastolic and mean arterial blood pressures. Source: Clin Sci (Lond). 2008 May;114(10):625-34.

Green Tea

In hypertensive patients, green tea extract was found to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressures after 3 months. Source: Nutr Res. 2012 Jun; 32(6):421-7. Epub 2012 Jun 20.

 

Antioxidants

After supplementation with vitamins C and E, patients with essential hypertension had significantly lower systolic, diastolic and mean arterial blood pressures. Source: Clin Sci (Lond). 2008 May; 114(10):625-34.

Sleep

Disturbance of slow wave sleep or deep sleep has been linked to cardiovascular dysfunction and increased risk of hypertension.  Source: Hypertension. 2011; 58: 596-603.

Beetroot

Low dose (100g) beetroot juice supplementation was found to reduce blood pressure. Source: Br J Nutr, 2012 Mar 14:1-9.

Protein

Increased protein intake was found to reduce blood pressure in overweight adults with hypertension. Source: Am J Clin Nutr, 2012 Apr; 95(4):966-71.

Folate

Folate intake in young adults was found to significantly lower incidences of hypertension late in life suggesting that folate has a long term effect on blood pressure. Source: Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Apr 4

Reiki

Distance reiki, a putative therapy, was found to reduce lower heart rate and blood pressure in elective C-section surgery patients.  Source: Complementary Prescriptions Journal, Vol.27, Issue 3, Feb 2013.

 

 

 

Epicatechin

Epicatechin, found in cocoa, was found to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure after ingestion. Source: Am J Clin Nutr; 2012 Jun; 95(6):1365-77.

Chocolate

Higher intake of dark chocolate is associated with lower blood pressure. Source: Curr Drug Deliv, 2011 June 22.

Green Tea

In patients with obesity-related hypertension, green tea extract was found to reduce cardiovascular and metabolic risk. Source: Nutr Res, 2012 Jun; 32(6):421-7.

Olive Bark Extract

In patients with hypertension, treatment with Eucommia ulmoides Olive bark extract was found to reduce blood pressure. Source: Altern Med Rev. 2011 Dec; 16(4):338-47.