Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND
See also Arteriosclerosis, Cardiovascular Disease, Weight Loss and Hyperinsulinemia
When there is excessive arterial tension, the heart has to
pump harder in order for the blood to reach the extremities of
the body. This results in high blood pressure. When this
happens, most people start taking high pressure medication prescribed by their doctor.
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How many people do you know who have cured high
blood pressure by taking drug medications? Probably none.
That's because high blood pressure medicine isn't caused by
a deficiency of high blood pressure medications, and the
medicine prescribed isn't designed to cure hypertension. In
fact, the whole issue of hypertension is a perfect example of
the major shortcoming of modern western medicine. Modern medicine focuses on symptom management, but does
little to address the causes of most diseases, including high
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
High blood pressure is a problem associated with lifestyle.
It is virtually unknown in areas of the world
where people are living on their traditional diets. For example, high blood pressure is not found in Africa among people
living a traditional lifestyle, among elderly.
In contrast, a high percentage of Americans have this problem-about 60 million.
increases the risk of other diseases. It increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney
failure. Research done by insurance companies has shown
that even slight increases in blood pressure can result in decreased survival rates. Clearly, solving the problem of high
blood pressure is important, but 90% of all cases are treated
with drugs that only address the symptoms without examining the causes.
About 80% of all hypertension cases involve mild to moderate
symptoms and can effectively be managed with
lifestyle changes accompanied by herbs and dietary supplements.
For example, all of the following have been scientifically demonstrated to reduce blood pressure: consuming
sufficient amounts of pure water, increasing dietary fiber,
losing weight, reducing salt consumption, eliminating caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, exercising, consuming Omega-3
essential acids, and balancing intake of calcium and
magnesium. These are all options individuals can utilize. In
addition, they can examine the specific causes of hypertension and choose other supplements and diet and lifestyle
changes that address their individual situation.
High blood pressure is a symptom of other imbalances,
not a disease in itself. The job of the heart is to pump blood
throughout the body. The blood has to reach every part of
the body, including the fingers and toes. When the heart
is beating harder, raising the blood pressure, it is usually a
signal that something is restricting the flow of blood to the
extremities of the body. Using a medication that decreases
the pressure does not remove the obstructions interfering
with blood flow. The result is decreased blood pressure with
poor circulation to the extremities. We have simply traded
one health problem for another.
If we can determine why the heart is pumping harder and
increasing the blood pressure. then fix the cause, the heart
will stop pumping harder. If we can make it easier for the
blood to flow to the extremities, the pressure will automatically drop. So. let's examine some of the factors that
impair circulation and cause the blood pressure to rise.
Hardening of the Arteries
Arterial plaque creates obstructions in the blood vessels.
Like hard water deposits in a water pipe, these deposits reduce the size of blood vessels and restrict blood flow. As a
result the heart is forced to pump harder to get the blood
through the narrower "pipes."
When hardening of the arteries is the cause of high blood
pressure, there is a very effective solution-oral chelation
using Mega-Chel. The instructions for this effective chelation program are found here.
Blood vessels have muscular walls that can either tense or
relax. When they tense, there is vasoconstriction. It's very
similar to the problem asthmatics have when the bronchial "pipes" constrict reducing the flow of air into the lungs. They begin gasping for oxygen. Vasoconstriction does the
same thing to the arteries. The constricted artery walls limit
the flow of blood, and the heart pumps harder trying to
force the life-giving blood through the constricted vessels.
There are several root of vasoconstriction each with
In response to stress, real or perceived, the sympathetic
nervous system becomes more active and the body tenses.
We have all felt the results of this fight-or-flight response when
someone suddenly startled us and adrenaline started pumping. The heart started beating harder and blood pressure
rose as the body went on "red alert." This sensation is due
to the release of a hormone and neurotransmitter called epinephrine (or adrenaline).
Nerve receptors that react to epinephrine are called adrenergic receptors. There are two types, alpha and beta. When
the beta adrenergic receptors are stimulated, they cause
blood vessels to contract and the heart to beat harder. Perhaps you have heard of beta blockers. These are drugs that help
to lower blood pressure, and they work by blocking these
beta adrenergic receptor sites.
Caffeine and other Stimulants
Caffeine stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and
causes the release of more epinephrine. So excessive caffeine
consumption increases stress responses and raises blood
pressure. Other substances that trigger a sympathetic nervous reaction and stress response include alcohol, tobacco,
chocolate, cheese, sugar, alcoholic beverages, and cured pork
products such as ham and sausages. All of these substances
can contribute to hypertension.
Contrary to what most people believe, the number one
mineral deficiency in most Americans is not calcium-it is
magnesium. When muscles contract, calcium ions flow into
the muscle cells; as the muscle relaxes, there is an exchange of magnesium for calcium. In other words, calcium helps
muscles contract and have tone, while magnesium helps
This is why calcium channel blockers are sometimes used
to lower blood pressure. These drugs block calcium from
entering the muscle tissues, causing them to be more relaxed. Taking extra magnesium usually creates the same results. It helps blood vessels relax and increases blood flow.
Hyperinsulinemia or Syndrome X
High insulin levels in the blood due to the consumption
of refined carbohydrates cause inflammation in the blood
vessels which constrict blood flow. Simple sugars also react with proteins to reduce elasticity, causing blood vessels to
lose flexibility. Eliminating simple carbohydrates from the
diet can be very helpful for preventing and reversing high
Magnesium Complex can be used in conjunctuon with
vasodilative herbs to dilate blood vessels and reduce blood
pressure. Hawthorn and ginkgo have both been found to dilate peripheral blood vessels and improve blood flow to the
extremities, thus reducing hypertension. Numerous studies have also shown that garlic can reduce blood pressure.
Taken regularly, garlic will usually reduce blood pressure by
10-15 points. Besides having a vasodilative effect, it also decreases blood cholesterol and triglycerides. Onions also have
this effect, as do many pungent spices and herbs, which can
all be safely consumed as part of the regular diet.
Solstic Cardio contains L-arginine, an amino acid that acts on a
chemical messenger called nitric oxide which dilates blood
vessels. It has proven helpful in many cases of hypertension.
Lobelia contains a compound called lobeline which acts
as a natural beta blocker. It combines well with capsicum
and a small amount of black cohosh to reduce cardiac stress
and angina, improve circulation to the heart, and lower
blood pressure caused by tension. Other nervines like kava
kava and black cohosh may also help.
Adaptogens can also help to reduce blood pressure. These
include Eleuthero root, American and Korean ginseng,
schizandra (found in Nutri-Calm and Nervous Fatigue Formula) and SUMA Combination.
Water Retention and Kidney Function
When the tissues of the body are filled with fluid, this will
put pressure on the blood vessels, again constricting blood flow. The kidneys also have an influence on the heart, so
problems with the kidneys can also cause the blood pressure
to rise. This is why diuretics are sometimes being used to bring
down blood pressure. Where fluid retention is a problem,
diuretics like Chinese Kidney Activator can be used as part of a blood pressure lowering program. Reducing table salt
consumption and replacing it with an all-natural sea salt can also help reduce fluid retention. Kidney issues are often an undiagnosed issue behind
blood pressure problems.
Excess weight alone can increase blood pressure simply
because there are extra blood vessels the heart has to pump blood
through. There is also a link between excess insulin production, which contributes to excess weight, and imbalances in
messenger chemicals that cause arterial constriction. If you
have excess weight start following the suggestions under weight loss.