Very few doctors will hesitate to write a prescription if they find out you have high blood pressure, or hypertension. And the numbers prove it. Last year, hypertension sufferers filled nearly 150 million prescriptions for drug treatments.
There may be a few occasions when medication is required. But the vast majority of cases respond to non-drug treatments. In past issues of Nutrient Insider, I’ve told you about the heart-protecting abilities of magnesium. This nutrient alone can reduce many cases of hypertension. But there are two other nutrients you can take with magnesium that can lower your blood pressure by up to 40 points.
The first is potassium. Potassium first came to researchers’ attention when they were looking at salt’s role in high blood pressure. The researchers surmised that potassium and sodium have an inverse relationship in blood pressure. The higher your sodium intake and lower your potassium, the higher your blood pressure. Later studies have questioned this relationship, but one thing continues to remain: Low potassium levels can cause blood pressure to go up. And taking 500 mg a day can help reduce it.
But that’s not all you need to take to lower your blood pressure, especially if your blood pressure is high. The third nutrient you need is Coenzyme Q10. One study in 1994 looked at 109 patients with high blood pressure. All of them were on blood pressure medication. And all of them had high blood pressure for more than one year. After taking 225 mg per day of CoQ10, all of them experienced a gradual reduction in pressure. Most of the patients were able to decrease their medication dosages. And 51% of them were able to discontinue using medication all together. Some doctors I’ve talked to say they’ve seen CoQ10 reduce their pressure by up to 40 points using this nutrient alone. They see the biggest improvement in those who have a CoQ10 deficiency. This is especially common in those taking statins to lower cholesterol.
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Is it possible statins are causing high blood pressure? Absolutely. In 2010, researchers found that statins cause higher insulin levels. And higher insulin levels are directly related to higher blood pressure.
So if you’re battling high blood pressure, make sure you stop taking statins and start taking magnesium (up to 1,000 mg daily to bowel tolerance), potassium, and CoQ10. The study used 225 mg of CoQ10 daily, but you can take less if you use a more absorbable form, like that found in Ubiquinol
. Taking all three of these nutrients can significantly reduce your blood pressure and make medication unnecessary. (NOTE: If you’re currently taking blood pressure medication, please don’t stop taking it without the help of a doctor who can slowly wean you off of it.)
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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