When I was just a two year old nipper, hanging onto my mothers apron strings, olive leaf extract was being studied for its ability to lower high blood pressure in mild hypertensives. So it comes as a shock to me that they are announcing it as if it was never known before as being one of the herbal remedies for high blood pressure.

Olive leaf extract is a known vaso-dilator, meaning, it can open up the arteries and allow more blood to pass through.

The Mediterranean diet includes olive oil in many of the recipes because of its healthy status for helping to reduce weight and blood pressure, so, many of us are quite familiar with the health benefits of the olive fruit. The leaf however, bathed in stardom way back during the flood in Noah`s day.

Maintaining its respect throughout the centuries, now it`s centre stage and in the spotlight again with its super ingredient Oleuropein.

A healthy heart is important for a healthy circulatory system and Oleuropein was noted in 1962 by an Italian and other European researchers as being able to lower the blood pressure of animals …

The benefits of beetroot on high blood pressure are staggering! They reached top of the list in the high blood pressure foods. If you drink 500ml of beetroot juice every day, it can significantly reduce your blood pressure, according to UK researchers.

When healthy volunteers drank the juice their blood pressure dropped within the hour.

What was causing this effect? Nitrates. These nitrates are also present in other green, leafy vegetables that you are encouraged to eat in your nutrient rich diets.

Professor Amrita Ahluwalia of the William Harvey Research Institute at Barts and the London School of Medicine was leading the research, along with Professor Ben Benjamin of the Peninsula Medical School.

How does the nitrate reduce high blood pressure?

When the beetroot is chewed, saliva mixes with it along with bacteria from off the tongue. It is then converted into nitrite. Then we have another chemical reaction when it reaches the stomach. Because the stomach has an acidic environment, another chemical reaction occurs, the nitrite in the saliva turns to nitric oxide or will re-enter the circulation again as nitrite.

Observation showed that the peak time of reduced …

cholesterol is a major cause of high blood pressure and should be lowered in the first place. Is the “ringleader” of gross deception rearing it`s ugly head again?

Cholesterol versus High Blood Pressure – Round 1.

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, A GP for 25 years, who has also worked with the European Society of Cardiology, and writes for leading medical magazines, along with others of the medical profession are in the right corner. They are challenging the validity of the U.S. clinical practice guidelines, in the left corner, which recommend the expanded use of statins by healthy people.

What are the statistics showing us? Are the presented facts a myth, blinkering the public, and leading them into believing that high cholesterol is a killer, and that statins is needed to control it for the rest of their lives?

Cholesterol versus High Blood Pressure – Round 2.

Dr. Kendrick, in a Daily Mail article on the 22nd January 2007, highlighted a commentary published by John Abramson, MD, of Harvard Medical School and James Wright, MD, University of British Columbia, in The Lancet medical journal on 20th January 2007, in which they challenged …

If your doctor has told you that you have resistant hypertension, don`t go pressing the panic button, or become offended. First, you should have asked what that meant. By rights, that information should have been relayed to you so that you didn`t panic.

Many people have not even asked their doctor the question, “What is high blood pressure?” either. Asking questions will help you better understand your body and how best to help it heal.To understand what could be causing the problem, you need to know what the term means.

The Meaning

Your doctor will have prescribed you 1 to 3 medications at some point that included diuretics. If the treatment of a single drug did not lower blood pressure, then the additional drugs would be prescribed in combination to see if they would work. This is the normal procedure.

If your blood pressure is still high after monitoring the effect of the treatment over a period of time, your doctor will then diagnose you with resistant hypertension.

Note:

Apparently this method could be causing a rise in the blood pressure of many patients.

When Should it be Diagnosed?

There …

There are 3 main problems that are caused by poor leg circulation.

  1. Swollen legs and ankles
  2. Pain in the legs and calves
  3. Cold and numb feet

Which one do you suffer from? Swollen legs and ankles? Or do you suffer from all three or more?

Your doctor may have briefly told you why you are experiencing these problems but maybe not enough for you to understand fully in order to make alternative choices.

Doctors rarely have much time these days to spend with their clients. No fault of their own! Health problems created through modern lifestyles, and failing health systems present overcrowding of surgeries with fewer doctors to meet the challenge, so time is scarce and prescriptions are abundant. But drugs are probably the last measure you want to take and especially when they often present their own set of problems.

Because high blood pressure and circulation of the blood are connected, many of you visiting this site, will be experiencing these symptoms. So let`s look at the three main poor leg circulation problems separately to learn what is happening inside our legs and feet, and what are the effective …

There is a wealth of information on alternative high blood pressure treatment. You have Homeopathy, Reflexology, Acupuncture, etc, etc, but before you even consider these, there is much you can do to make an impact through lifestyle changes you can start practicing now. They include: Reducing Stress, using breathing exercises and techniques, improving blood circulation, correcting your body`s pH balance, hydrotherapy in a hot tub, and much more.

What’s your reaction when you’ve over-slept and late for work? Like many people, you might rush around the house to get ready pronto, grab a quick cup of coffee or tea if you come from this neck of the woods, and breakfast is usually forfeited. When you do happen to eat it`s usually from a fast food outlet.

The phone rings but you ignore it. You rush out the door, spot your neighbour in the garden, and pretend you haven’t seen her, and avoiding all eye contact you jump in your car, turn the ignition and you’re off. You love your neighbour, but no time to waist, you’re late!

On the way to work you get caught up in the usual traffic …

The Red Reishi Mushroom. Have you considered using this potent herb to treat hypertension? It has been shown to significantly, lower blood pressure in patients who did not respond to anti-hypertension drugs, help lessen arrhythmia, lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels, and reduce the stickiness of platelets, thought to be due to the ganoderic acids action in reishi.

On your first glimpse of it, one would imagine it to be poisonous. The red, glazed appearance doesn’t look appealing and nature often displays poisonous plants and animals in bright red, yellow, blue and black colors. But this therapeutic reishi mushroom is far from poisonous. To be correct, it has no known toxicity.

Polysaccharides are said to be the most active ingredient in the red reishi mushroom, helping to reduce blood pressure, but adding to that, the mushroom also contains a natural ACE inhibitor, triterpenes. They work by inhibiting angiotensin converting enzymes. These enzymes are responsible for converting the chemical angiotensin 1 into angiotensin 11 which causes the surrounding muscles of the blood vessel to contract pushing the blood pressure up. So the action of this natural inhibitor results in the blood vessels …

The normal blood pressure range of persons aged 20 – 40 years is 120mm Hg systolic pressure and 80mm Hg diastolic pressure.= 120/80mmHg. Anyone registering above this range is classed as having high blood pressure. See the charts below refined averages.

The Systolic pressure is when the heart`s ventricles contract and push the blood through the veins. It is called the systole, the pressure during heartbeat action. The Diastolic pressure is the lower pressure that results when air is released out of the cuff and no more sound is heard. This is called the diastole; the artery resting pressure.

To learn how to use an arm cuff, monitor, stethoscope and graph, see my chart page. Or if you prefer, you can use a Digital Monitor instead, but the stethoscope is much more fun.

The normal blood pressure range can vary depending on what age you are.

It increases with age. For example, men normally have higher blood pressure readings than women but it depends on how healthy an individual is.When reading blood pressure, a relatively healthy person should first add 100 to their age to get rough guide of their …

The relationship between coenzyme q10 and heart health can be summed up in one sentence – Every muscle in the body, particularly the heart, the muscle that has most demand for coenzyme q10, cannot function without this vitamin, which is vital for life itself.

Though it be an important cofactor in the smooth running of cardiovascular function, it is not stressed enough in the opinion of many conscientious doctors, who have seen a coenzyme q10 deficiency in their patients when treating serious heart conditions.

To explain the importance of coenzyme q10 in the control of high blood pressure and the health of the heart, you need to start by knowing what it is and how it works.

The next step is to understand what happens when it is depleted, what factors can cause this, how statins and coq10 depletion are connected, and lastly, how supplementing has been proven to help restore the energy and efficiency of the heart. I will try and explain coenzyme q10 and heart health as simple as possible using the drawing of the cell below. You can refer to it with each section to get a …

The Benefits of Parsley Tea for High Blood Pressure Reduction

What does a cup of parsley tea have in it that can help you fight elevated blood pressure? Let`s take a look at the nutrients it contains. The ones to focus on are highlighted in bold.

  • Vitamin C
  • Beta-Carotene
  • Boron
  • Cadmium
  • Calcium
  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Folacin
  • Inositol
  • Iron
  • Lithium
  • Lutein
  • Lysine
  • Magnesium
  • Methionine
  • Molybdenum
  • Niacin
  • Nickel
  • Nicotinamide
  • Nitrogen
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Quercetin
  • Riboflavin
  • Rosmarinic acid
  • Rutin
  • Selenium
  • Silicon
  • Sulfur
  • Thiamin
  • Vit. BA6
  • Zinc
  • Zirconium.

Vitamin C, Magnesium, Quercetin, and Potassium all stand out as the main ingredients that will have a positive effect on your blood pressure.

Vitamin C as we know is a powerful antioxidant and improves vasodilation. (Duffy SJ, Gokce N, Holbrook M, et al. Treatment of hypertension with ascorbic acid. Lancet. 1999;354(9195):2048-2049.- PubMed). That is good to know and what`s more, parsley contains twice as much vitamin C as an orange.

Magnesium stimulates the body to produce nitric oxide a vaso-dilator, and get this…it`s a natural calcium channel blocker.

Quercetin however has not been tested vigorously enough to prove it works to lower blood pressure in humans, …