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Steroid drugs such as prednisone are very popular, but many people do not know about the side effects that accompany them. Learn about the problems associated with these medications from Jerry Hickey, Ph.
High Blood Pressure Drugs Deplete Nutrients Needed By Your Immune System – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 426
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InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
Today, we’re going to discuss the interaction between commonly prescribed high blood pressure treating medications and your immune system. This is a very important, critical discussion we need to have because we’re heading into the fall and winter.†
High blood pressure can be very dangerous. In fact, it can be more dangerous than the drugs used to treat them, so I am not against these drugs at all. However, they can deplete important nutrients that are needed for your immune system. This doesn’t translate to dropping the drug. What it does mean is that you have to replete the nutrients. Frequently, you’re not going to get enough from your food and this is especially true for older people, who are the people who tend to have high blood pressure.†
The importance of the immune system
One of the immune system’s major jobs is to fight off infections. Infections become much more dangerous in people who have poorly functioning immune systems. There are a number of nutrients that are key to good immune system function, such as Vitamin D. You need Vitamin D to create immune cells and to help protect us from infection and our own immune system. Vitamin C is also important for the immune system.†
Then there’s zinc, which is commonly depleted by high blood pressure medication. You need zinc to create immune cells and antibodies. Zinc also makes it hard for infections to attach to our tissues. Studies show that elderly people who are commonly low in zinc have a higher risk of infection, especially pneumonia.†
The last nutrient is melatonin, which is known as the nighttime hormone. You need this to sleep deeply and to get a long enough sleep to feel rested and refreshed. Melatonin is also needed to build bone and adjust your nighttime blood pressure. It has been recently found that immune cells can release melatonin to help kill infectious organisms.†
Research on the impacts of high blood pressure medication
Here’s a study from July of this year looking at how common blood pressure drugs leave your immune cells weak against bacteria. It’s from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In this study, the researchers looked at ACE inhibitors, which are very commonly prescribed drugs for high blood pressure and heart failure. Millions of people are prescribed ACE inhibitors. The problem with these drugs is that they can weaken the body’s ability to fight off infections. They also looked at ARBs.†
The researchers looked at ARBs versus ACE inhibitors in both people and mice. They found that giving ACE inhibitors to mice really affects the immune system. After giving these drugs to the mice, they tested their neutrophils to see if they could kill very serious bacteria like MRSA. The researchers found that the neutrophils were much weaker when the mice were on ACE inhibitors.†
In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. explains how prescription drugs for high blood pressure may impact the immune system. He shares research on this issue and also provides recommendations of nutrients that you may need to help fill any drug-induced nutrient depletions.†
- The dangers of high blood pressure
- What are antibodies?
- The importance of melatonin in the body
- What are ACE inhibitors and ARBs?
Thank you for tuning in to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast. You can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting www.invitehealth.com/podcast. Make sure you subscribe and leave us a review! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at InViteⓇ Health today. We’ll see you next time on another episode of the InViteⓇ Health Podcast.
The mineral magnesium is responsible for over 300 functions within the body, but it is especially important for proper heart functioning and healthy blood pressure levels. Learn more about this important nutrient and which form might be best for you from Amanda Williams, MPH.
Many Americans lack magnesium, but this mineral shouldn’t be overlooked. It is involved in hundreds of processes within the body. If you’re not getting enough of this nutrient through your diet, supplementing is a great option.
Quercetin And Its Influence on Inflammation, Lung Health & Blood Pressure, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 326
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
In our last episode, I discussed a nutrient called quercetin that’s found in really good foods and is also available as a supplement. It has a great influence on many things in the human body. For instance, it’s helpful with generalized, systemic, low-grade, chronic inflammation. With chronic, low-grade inflammation, you don’t feel it, but it’s there. It’s not good for your brain, eyes, heart or many other parts of the body. It’s not good for longevity. Quercetin helps to support a proper inflammatory response in the body. It is also good for lung health.†
When you eat good foods that contain quercetin, the other ingredients in them amplify the benefits of the quercetin. All of these things work in a synergistic fashion and they’re really good for you. When you eat a Mediterranean diet, with lots of seeds, nuts, olives, high-quality olive oil, fish, fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables, you’re getting some quercetin and you’re getting some other related flavonoids.†
The importance of lowering your blood pressure
Blood pressure medication can prevent heart attacks and strokes, but we didn’t realize how beneficial lowering blood pressure was. This is even in people who never had heart disease, a heart attack or stroke. Lowering blood pressure a couple of points in the general population lowers their risk of developing heart disease later on. Heart disease can lead to dementia, kidney problems, vision problems and an increased risk of stroke and heart attack.†
Let’s discuss a new report that came out on high blood pressure, which is more technically known as hypertension. This report came out in the fall. In this report, Professor Rahimi from the University of Oxford said, “Greater drops of blood pressure with medication lead to great reductions in the risk of heart attacks and strokes.” He goes on to explain that this is regardless of the starting blood pressure level and this is both in people who have previously had a heart attack or stroke and in people who never had heart disease. They might have almost normal blood pressure.†
In the study, they divided people into two different groups: those who already had a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease and those who did not. Then they split these people up based on different levels of blood pressure. People with normal blood pressure were included in the study, as were people with really high blood pressure. Over an average of four years of follow-up, each 5 point mL reduction in the top figure of the blood pressure reduced the relative risk of a major cardiovascular event by about 10%. It also lowers the risk of heart failure by 14%. Even in otherwise healthy people, they’re showing that lowering blood pressure has an impact on health, longevity and survival.†
Quercetin and blood pressure
Here’s a study looking at quercetin. You’re never going to get enough quercetin through your food. This is why it’s important to turn to supplements like our 500mg quercetin. This study is from July 2008. The researchers gave patients with high blood pressure 730mg of quercetin every day. Their blood pressure was typically 150/95, which is enough to really trigger a stroke or a heart attack or to damage your brain or kidneys. This was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study, so everybody in the study either got quercetin or placebo for a certain amount of time. Then there was a washout period where people got neither to get rid of the effects of the quercetin and then they were switched over so that people who were previously on placebo were now on the quercetin. They found that over a 28-day period, quercetin helped lower blood pressure and it was a pretty good effect.†
Tune into the full podcast episode for more details on research showing the powerful benefits of quercetin.
Thank you for tuning in to the Invite Health Podcast. You can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting www.invitehealth.com/podcast. Make sure you subscribe and leave us a review! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at Invite Health today. We’ll see you next time on another episode of the Invite Health Podcast.