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Saturday, August 7, 2010

8 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects about one in three U.S. adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and 25 percent of American adults have prehypertension. "That's a frightening statistic," says Dr. Russell Blaylock, author of The Blaylock Wellness Report.

Many factors, including weight, salt intake, stress, age, and family history can increase the odds of developing high blood pressure, and although many patients take medication to control high blood pressure, nutrients can also be useful.

These eight all-natural ways can help tame blood pressure:

1. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

One double-blind, placebo-controlled study gave a group of hypertensive men and women 60 mg of CoQ10 each day, and gave a control group a placebo. The patients taking CoQ10 had an average drop of 17.8 mmHg in their systolic blood pressure when compared to those not taking the nutrient, a better result than using combinations of prescription drugs. And a study at the University of Western Australia found those taking 100 mg of CoQ10 twice a day reduced systolic and diastolic pressure (6.1 mmHg and 2.9 mmHg respectively) when compared to those not taking CoQ10.

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