With hypertension; the supplements are individually tailored. Please do not self medicate. Self Medicating is done when a person takes prescription medication or nutraceuticals on their own without a doctor's supervision and/or consent. There is no single supplement given to all clients with hypertension. The doctor will decide- based on your examination, history and blood tests, what would be the best for you and your specific needs and/or deficiencies.
This could include:
The risk of developing primary hypertension is significantly higher in postmenopausal women and men older than 55 years of age. As hormone levels decline with age, the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease rise. Vascular endothelium and smooth muscle cells have sex steroid receptors. Research has supported bio-identical hormone restoration of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone for use in the management of blood pressure and overall cardiac health. Sex hormones stimulate endothelial cell growth, inhibit smooth muscle proliferation contraction and relax the vascular endothelium via nitric oxide and prostacyclin. When hormones are present in youthful concentrations, vascular function in patients with high blood pressure may be modulated. Likewise, in males, low testosterone levels are predictive of hypertension and cardiovascular disease risk. We suggest that aging men maintain free testosterone levels of 20ᆭ pg/ml for optimal health.
- Nutrients to Support Healthy Blood Pressure Levels:
Although conventional physicians usually consider the aforementioned risk factors, mainstream medicine has overlooked two important contributors that may play a significant role in blood pressure regulation-vitamin K2 and vitamin D3.
Low Vitamin D3 intake-Insufficient intakes of this hormone-like vitamin are implicated in the pathology of high blood pressure along with numerous other diseases. Studies suggest that vitamin D might target many of the factors that contribute to hypertension including suppressing renin (a hypertensive enzyme) and protecting kidney function. We suggest that all individuals maintain a blood 25-hydroxyvitamin D level of 50ᇤ ng/ml.
Low Vitamin K2 intake-Vitamin K2 is required to maintain soft and pliable arterial walls. Inadequate vitamin K2 intake can result in an accumulation of calcium in the arterial wall, leading to hardening of the arteries and increased peripheral resistance. Ensuring adequate vitamin K2 intake- allows for proper allocation of calcium into the bones to maintain skeletal integrity and away from the arterial wall, helping prevent the arterial "stiffness" that robs so many aging individuals of proper circulation.
- Additional Nutraceuticals:
Daily supplementation with 300 to 500mg of elemental magnesium is vital for those taking diuretic drugs. Absorption of magnesium into the bloodstream is not particularly effective.
Potassium is one of the most abundant electrolytes in the body. Due to their antagonistic roles in metabolism, the balance of sodium and potassium plays a critical role in blood pressure regulation.
Hawthorn, Coenzyme Q10, Chlorogenic acid from green coffee beans (unroasted) is a hypotensive antioxidant. Vitamin C is an essential water-soluble antioxidant vitamin in humans. It is thought to exert hypotensive effects through an improvement in endothelial function, reduction in arterial stiffness, and its ability to bind the angiotensin receptor.
Other nutraceuticals which improve hypertension are: Grape seed extract(Resveratrol), pomegranate, L-Arginine and omega 3 fatty acids.