Natural Remedies for Healthy Blood Pressure Part 2
By Nicole Crane, BS, NTP
So many people, 72 million Americans, struggle to have normal blood pressure. High blood pressure is clinically known as hypertension, and it is a major conspirator in cardiac dysfunction.
Normal blood pressure is 120/80 ng/dl, and many clinicians consider 115/75 to be even healthier. The top number is systolic reading and measures the pressure as the heart pumps blood around the body. The bottom number, the diastolic reading measures the pressure as the heart relaxes and refills with blood. Once those readings reach over 140/90, it is considered to be high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Recent research suggests that even pre-hypertension, which is between 120/80 and 140/90, has major risks. A 2006 study showed that blood pressure that is 120-129/80-89 has an 81% increased risk for cardiovascular disease compared to blood pressure that is below 120/80. Pressure readings that are high-normal, 130-139/85-89 increase the risk of heart disease by a whopping 133%, compared to healthy levels.i
When blood pressure remains uncontrolled, it can have serious consequences like damage to the heart, arteries and other organs. This can increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke and other heart diseases like congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis (fatty buildup in arteries causing hardening of the arteries) peripheral artery disease and other vascular problems. It is important to address the cause of high blood pressure at the root, especially since many doctors are notoriously slow to treat mildly elevated blood pressure.
Luckily, there are safe and effective natural remedies to support healthy blood pressure levels. So often, what not to do is overemphasized, while few suggestions to bring positive results are offered. The first step is to lay a foundation of health with two very important and underconsumed nutrients, potassium and magnesium. (Read Part 1) These two minerals can bring balance to both the heart muscle and vascular system. Several other nutrients can also support and normalize the force at which the heart beats, the constriction and relaxation of blood vessels and the thickness of blood. By helping the cardiovascular system function better, these remarkable natural remedies assist in normalizing blood pressure in a fundamental way.