What should fruit and veg contain that is so important to health?
Most people would answer, “It`s got to be the vitamins.” That is partly true but consider this:
Vitamin C has been classed as a very important vitamin.
A Wikipedia article put it this way, “The pharmacophore of vitamin C is the ascorbate ion. In living organisms, ascorbate is an antioxidant, since it protects the body against oxidative stress, and is a co-factor in several vital enzymatic reactions.” Would you class this vitamin an important one that may help control high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and heart disease? The answer is yes, yet it cannot be properly assimilated without calcium, a mineral.
Take the “B” complex vitamins, a group of 8 vitamins that are used by the body to break down carbohydrates, break down fats and proteins, aid muscle tone in the stomach and intestines. Are needed for skin, hair, eyes, mouth, and liver. All very important functions, but without magnesium, another mineral, these vitamins would not be able to do any of this.
A controlled measure of vitamin E contributes to the circulation in small blood vessels; to the breaking down of blood clots in the circulatory system and helps prevent them from forming; aids in regulating and strengthening the heartbeat. Research reports support that it benefits those with high blood pressure and varicose veins, and it is said to aid the healing of wounds resulting in less scar tissue. Yet again, without selenium, also a trace mineral, vitamin E could not be absorbed.
I could go on to write even more, but I think you probably get the point. Minerals are a vital factor in health and nutrition. Without them life could not exist, therefore using mineral and vitamin supplements for high blood pressure is a wise course.
Why Use Supplements for High Blood Pressure
Why do we need to supplement? Can we get those nutrients from our food as long as we eat a healthy balanced diet? The answer is no! While healthy foods contain some nutrients, they lack in the minerals needed to assimilate vitamins, enzymes, hormones, dna, rna, chromosomes or oxygen according to Dr. Joel Wallach.
Minerals are co-factors for vitamins.
There was proof way back in 1936 when the US senate document 264 was published stating that America`s farming soils were deplete of minerals, and although farmers add NPK (nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium) to the soil it does not compensate for all the 90 essential nutrients our bodies need. This causes a dilemma because plants cannot manufacture minerals, and sources are found only in veins at certain locations, and not in a uniform blanket around the earth.
What do you think? If the soil is deplete of minerals that are so vital to health, will a lack of them have an impact on our health? On our blood pressure? It doesn`t take rocket science to work it out! So how do we get our much needed minerals? The answer is only from supplementing our diets.
Are you convinced that we really do need to use supplements for high blood pressure? How can they help bring your blood pressure down? These are questions that you need answering, but one thing is certain, we do need to supplement our diet with minerals and nutrients if we want to give our body the best tools to help bring the pressure down naturally.
Bio-available Supplements for High Blood Pressure
What you need to take into consideration is that not all minerals are bio-available, that is, they are not able to be absorbed through the intestines into the blood stream and into the cells without the electrolyte carrier, fulvic acid.
Did you know that if we ate vegetables and fruits that actually contain minerals, we would be absorbing those minerals in a form that is bio-available for the plants, and bio-available for us.
The forming of these ionic minerals are not manufactured in the plant but in the soil by micro-organisms that produce fulvic acid. But just like the absence of minerals in the soil, there is also an absence of these micro-organisms due to chemical pesticides and other land pollutants.
You can however, through taking the right form of bio-available ionic minerals, deliver them into the cell membranes where they can be utilized by the cell. Please don`t rush out and buy any kind of minerals just because they claim to be good “minerals”. You will be throwing your money down the drain if you do, and become very disillusioned. Without this fulvic acid ingredient produced by micro-organisms, they will not be assimilated well into your cell membranes.
Next in our consideration of supplements for high blood pressure are powerful antioxidants or free radical scavengers. What are antioxidants?
I mentioned ascorbate above which is a natural substance found in lemon. This acts as an antioxidant in our bodies. You can see the process at work if you half an apple in two and apply lemon juice to one half. One half will oxidize, turning brown, while oxidization (free radical damage) is greatly slowed down on the other half coated in lemon juice. This process is also happening in our bodies constantly, and on a worse scale than we have ever encountered. It is said to cause inflammation in the veins and arteries, leading to scaring and atherosclerosis, pushing the blood pressure up.
Pollution of air, water, food, and personal care products are playing a large part in causing free radical damage, leading to cell degeneration. But there are more powerful antioxidants than lemon to combat free-radical damage. Antioxidants work by neutralizing free radicals, reducing inflammation and may bring your blood pressure down.
The last in the trio of helpful supplements for high blood pressure is Omega-3 fatty acids.
When I was young, I remember it was a common practice for mothers to administer fish oil as a kind of “dietary medicine” when the children were having frequent bouts of sickness. It was also used as a precautionary measure against winter colds and flu.
In the last 4 to 5 years, fish oils have gained respect as powerful health supplements.
Extensive research suggest that fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids) brings down inflammation and has a notable effect on high blood pressure. Some evidence points to DHA contained in the fish oil that may be responsible for this effect. Omega-3 fatty acids can convert into anti-inflammatory prostaglandins and slow down the production of inflammatory PG2 prostaglandins. Exercise precaution when choosing which Omega-3 to buy. Many brands of fish oil on the market are contaminated with mercury.
Strike a balance by duel supplementing with Omega-3 and Omega-6 because the action of both serve a more protective role. Beware, if you are taking blood thinning medication. Taking Omega-3 and -6 may boost the production of prostaglandin which acts as an anti-blood clotting agent too.
Using supplements for high blood pressure that include these 3 nutritional supports – vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, may produce the quick results that you are looking for. Your testimonies are welcome, and if you have any problems or questions, please submit them using the form below.
I wish you good health!