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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Also indexed as:Blood Pressure (High), Elevated Blood Pressure, High Blood Pressure, Nightime Hypertension
Beat hypertension--Lower your blood pressure with simple lifestyle changes to protect yourself from this hidden health problem. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Coenzyme Q10
100 mg twice per day 3 stars[3 stars]
Taking coenzyme Q10 may have a significant impact on blood pressure.
Fish Oil
3 to 15 grams daily omega-3 fatty acids3 stars[3 stars]
EPA and DHA, the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, have been repeatedly shown to lower blood pressure.
Green Coffee Extract
Extracts providing at least 50 mg per day chlorogenic acids 3 stars[3 stars]
Extracts of green, unroasted coffee that are high in chlorogenic acids might help lower blood pressure.
Pycnogenol
100 to 200 mg per day 3 stars[3 stars]
Pycnogenol has been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure in people with mild hypertension.
Soy
10 grams soy protein or 16 ounces soy milk twice per day3 stars[3 stars]
Supplementing with soy protein may significantly lower blood pressure.
Asteraceae
15 to 20 drops of an herbal tincture twice per day2 stars[2 stars]
In one trial, people with mild hypertension who took a tincture of Achillea wilhelmsii experienced significant reductions in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Calcium
800 to 1,500 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Calcium supplementation has been shown to lower blood pressure in people with hypertension.
Flavonoids
300 mg per day of hesperidin, for 4 weeks 2 stars[2 stars]
A study has found that hesperidin, a flavonoid found primarily in oranges and other citrus fruits, decreased diastolic blood pressure in healthy, overweight males.
Flaxseed

(Atherosclerosis)
Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
In a double-blind trial, eating foods with milled flaxseed lowered both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with atherosclerosis of the lower extremities.
Garlic
600 to 900 mg of a daily herbal extract 2 stars[2 stars]
Taking garlic may improve heart and blood vessel health and may help lower blood pressure.
Grape Seed Extract
300 mg per day2 stars[2 stars]
According to one study, grape seed extract may lower blood pressure in people with mildly elevated blood pressure.
Hawthorn
1,200 mg per day of an herbal extract standardized to 2.2% flavonoids2 stars[2 stars]
Hawthorn leaf and flower extracts have been reported to have a mild blood pressure-lowering effect.
Hibiscus
2 tsp (5 to 6 grams) dried flowers brewed as tea, taken two to three times per day2 stars[2 stars]
Two clinical trials have shown that hibiscus can lower blood pressure. The trials have suggested that Hibiscus sabdariffa tea may be as potent as some blood pressure medications.
Magnesium
350 to 500 mg daily 2 stars[2 stars]
Taking magnesium may lower blood pressure, especially in people who are taking potassium-depleting diuretics.
Melatonin
Take under medical supervision: 2 mg daily of sustained-released supplment at night2 stars[2 stars]
For people with nighttime hypertension, supplementing with melatonin may reduce nighttime systolic blood pressure.
Olive Leaf
Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
Olive leaf has been used traditionally to treat people with hypertension. In animal studies a constituent of olive leaf has decreased blood pressure and dilated arteries surrounding the heart when given by injection.
Pea Protein
Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
Pea protein may help reduce blood pressure.
Vitamin C
Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
Some doctors recommend that people with hypertension supplement with vitamin C, which has been found to have a blood pressure–lowering effect.
Vitamin D
800 to 2,000 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
In one trial, women with low blood levels of vitamin D who were given calcium supplement plus vitamin D experienced significantly reduced systolic blood pressure.
Vitamin E
200 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
In a study of people with high blood pressure, vitamin E was significantly more effective than placebo at reducing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Arginine
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
The amino acid arginine is needed by the body to make nitric oxide, a substance that allows blood vessels to dilate, thus reducing blood pressure. Arginine given orally and intravenously has been reported to help reduce blood pressure.
Coleus
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Forskolin, the active ingredient in Coleus forskohlii, has lowered blood pressure in a trial with people suffering from cardiomyopathy.
Egg Protein
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]

People with high blood pressure might be able to lower their blood pressure by using egg protein.

Hemp Protein
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Hemp protein may contribute to the reduction and prevention of high blood pressure.
Indian Snakeroot
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Indian snakeroot contains powerful alkaloids that affect blood pressure. It has been used traditionally to treat hypertension, especially when associated with stress and anxiety.
L-Tryptophan
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
The brain chemical serotonin may affect blood pressure regulation, and animal research suggests its precursur L-tryptophan may help prevent and manage hypertension.
Mistletoe
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
European mistletoe has reduced headaches and dizziness associated with high blood pressure, according to preliminary research, and has a small blood pressure-lowering effect.
Onion
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Onion may have a mild blood pressure-lowering effect, according to preliminary research.
Reishi
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
One trial reported that reishi mushrooms significantly lowered blood pressure.
Sea Buckthorn
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Research suggest that flavonoids from sea buckthorn may have blood pressure-lowering effects.
Taurine
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Research has found that supplementing with taurine lowers blood pressure in people, possibly by reducing levels of the hormone epinephrine (adrenaline).

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

 
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