Do you have high blood pressure?
A healthy blood pressure reading is considered to be less than 120/80 systolic/diastolic. Readings of 120 to 139/80 to 89 is pre-hypertension. Stage 1 hypertension is defined as a blood pressure reading of 140 to 159/90 to 99. 160/100 or greater is Stage 2 hypertension and a reading of 180/110 or greater requires immediate medical intervention.

Supplements That Can Help

If you know you have hypertension or prehypertension, you’re probably anxious to learn what you can do help control your blood pressure naturally. You probably know about the roles diet and exercise play in reducing blood pressure, but here are some nutritional supplements that have been shown to work against hypertension:

Acetyl L-Carnitine. Acetyl L-Carnitine benefits your cardiovascular system several ways. First, it may clear fatty acids out of your blood. Second, it may help raise good HDL cholesterol and help keep your coronary arteries clear while it helps lower blood pressure. Third, it may help prevent heart disease by enhancing the overall health of the heart and by helping to avoid cardiac arrhythmias, the cause of one-third of all heart attack deaths.

Nattokinase. The properties of natto (better known in its nutraceutical form as nattokinase) closely resemble plasmin which is your body's own blood-enhancing enzyme. Consequently, Natto helps decrease blood thickness, increase oxygen flow throughout the body, and attack excess fibrin, the protein that sticks to blood vessel walls and impedes blood flow. In one study, the use of Natto seems to have caused an 11% decrease in blood pressure after just two weeks.

Garlic. Whether you prefer it in a capsule or on a slice of bread with softened brie cheese, garlic is great for your heart. In a 2010 study*** conducted at The University of Adelaide, Australia, researchers found that aged garlic was as effective as first-line prescription drugs in lowering systolic blood pressure. The researchers concluded that “aged garlic extract is superior to placebo in lowering systolic blood pressure similarly to current first line medications in patients with treated but uncontrolled hypertension.”

Talk to your health care professional about these and other supplements that can help lower your blood pressure.

What supplements do you use to you manage your high blood pressure?