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6 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure by Changing Your Diet

by Laura Beth Schoenfeld, RD

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High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a serious and common condition that can lead to life-threatening diseases such as heart attack, stroke, heart or kidney failure, and more. While 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure, this condition only affects 3% or less of hunter-gatherer populations that are following a traditional diet and lifestyle. (1, 2) This would suggest that hypertension is a disease of poor lifestyle choices, and one that can be effectively treated using simple diet and behavior changes, as well as strategic use of herbal remedies.

Blood pressure is measured by two numbers: the top number is the systolic pressure (when the heart is pumping blood) and the bottom number is the diastolic pressure (when the heart is at rest).  A normal blood pressure number is below 120/80, prehypertension is diagnosed between 120/80 – 139/89, Stage 1 hypertension is between 140/90 – 159/99, and Stage 2 hypertension is blood pressure above 160/100.

While most doctors prescribe drug treatment when a patient has reached the prehypertension stage, there is no evidence to support pharmaceutical treatment in these patients. (3) But this doesn’t mean hypertension shouldn’t be addressed. Much like high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure (even in the prehypertension stage) is a sure sign of other problems going on in the body.

By addressing underlying issues with diet and lifestyle changes, you may be able to reduce your blood pressure without resorting to drug treatment. This article will address six dietary changes you can make to help lower your blood pressure naturally. (That said, medication should always be considered if these changes are unable to lower your blood pressure adequately. Please defer to your doctor’s advice here!)

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1. Reduce Excessive Carbohydrate Intake, Especially Refined Carbs and Sugars.

One of the most significant contributors to high blood pressure is high blood sugar and insulin resistance. (PDF) Some evidence suggests that pathological changes in glucose and insulin metabolism significantly affect the development and clinical course of hypertension, and thus should be primary targets for dietary intervention. Chronically high blood sugar, hyperinsulinemia, and high triglycerides are far more common in individuals with hypertension than those with normal blood pressure, and one of the major contributors to all three of these conditions is an excess intake of carbohydrate, particularly refined grains and sugars. (4, 5, 6)

Additionally, excess intake of sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, sweet tea, and other sugary drinks has been shown to directly influence blood pressure. (7, 8) Cutting out these beverages should be the first step in any hypertension treatment, and can also help with shedding excess weight and reducing high blood sugar – both issues that further contribute to hypertension. And don’t think switching to Diet will help either, since artificially-sweetened beverages also contribute to hypertension. (9)

While some research has suggested that high fructose intake may increase blood pressure, other research shows that fructose itself is not the problem; rather, it is the consumption of excess total carbohydrate that is the major issue. (10, 11, 12, 13) This means you shouldn’t be concerned with eating modest levels of naturally-occurring fructose, like that from fruit and honey, as these foods are healthy in the context of a moderate carbohydrate diet. Be sure to adjust your carbohydrate intake to your needs and health goals, and get your carbohydrates from nutrient-dense whole foods like fruits and starchy vegetables.

2. Increase Intake of Beneficial Minerals like Potassium, Magnesium, and Calcium.

While most conventional medical professionals will recommend sodium restriction as the primary method for blood pressure reduction, it appears that focusing on eating foods rich in other macrominerals is more beneficial than strictly focusing on avoiding sodium. (14, 15, 16, 17) More important than overall sodium intake is the sodium-to-potassium ratio; thus, eating a high-potassium diet is a better strategy than eating a low-sodium diet. Further, as Chris has shown in his series on the salt myth, restricting sodium to the levels recommended by the American Heart Association may actually be causing more harm than good.

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I’ve included a chart of the Paleo foods richest in potassium to help guide you in increasing potassium intake (this chart is from the bonus chapter on hypertension from Chris’s new book, Your Personal Paleo Code; published in paperback as The Paleo Cure in December 2014). Those with hypertension should aim to get at least 4,700 milligrams of potassium per day. If you have hypertension and are unsure about the adequacy of your potassium intake, I recommend using a food diary for 3 days and analyzing your average potassium intake.

Also, don’t go too low carb when reducing your carbohydrate intake – many of the best sources of potassium and magnesium are starchy vegetables like white and sweet potatoes, or fruits like plantains and bananas. White potatoes are especially good sources of blood pressure-lowering minerals like potassium and magnesium; hypothetically you could eat three large baked potatoes per day to easily meet your potassium needs while only consuming around 180 grams of carbohydrate. While eating a potato at each meal isn’t necessary to get adequate potassium, I do think those who eat “strict” Paleo should consider reintroducing white potatoes if tolerated.

Also, those eating “strict” Paleo may be missing out on significant sources of calcium from dairy products, and calcium intake is another important predictor of high blood pressure and cardiovascular events. (18, 19) If you’re not eating dairy products, be sure to eat plenty of bone-in fish, leafy greens, bone broth, and nuts to make sure you’re getting adequate calcium. Keep a 3-day food diary to check on your intake; if you’re falling short of the minimum 600 milligrams per day, you can try adding bone meal to soups or stews to boost your calcium intake.

3. Eat Grass-Fed Dairy Products like Ghee, Butter, and Cheese.

Beyond being a good source of calcium, full-fat grass-fed dairy has another contribution to the treatment of hypertension: vitamin K2. While this nutrient is hardly discussed by conventional medical professionals, preliminary data suggests K2 may be one of the most important nutrients to include in a disease-preventing diet. (20, 21, 22) Vitamin K2 may be protective against osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and more, so it’s definitely a nutrient you should be looking to get enough of no matter what your health situation.

Vitamin K2 may also be protective against hypertension. While there haven’t yet been any studies directly measuring K2’s effects on blood pressure, logic would suggest that this nutrient could help prevent high blood pressure by reducing vascular stiffness and arterial calcification. (23, 24, 25, 26, 27) High serum calcium levels are related to hypertension, and vitamin K2 (along with adequate vitamin D) is crucial to ensure that calcium is deposited in the bone where it belongs, and not in the arteries where it can cause vascular stiffness and calcification, leading to hypertension and heart disease. (28, 29, 30)

One of the most well-tolerated foods high in vitamin K2 is grass-fed ghee. Pure Indian Foods is my favorite brand of ghee, but you can also eat butter, cheese, and full-fat yogurt or kefir from grass-fed cows to get adequate K2. (Fermented dairy may actually have independent effects on hypertension as well. All the more reason to drink full-fat kefir!)

If you’re completely dairy intolerant or allergic, you can supplement with vitamin K2. My favorite supplement is one that contains the three fat soluble nutrients, A, D, and K2, in balanced form, which is the way these vitamins must be taken to support optimal health. If isolated nutrients aren’t your style, you can also take the Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil from Rosita.

4. Eat at Least One Pound of Fatty Fish per Week.

Fatty fish is high in essential omega-3 fats, and these fats have been shown to reduce the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular events in multiple studies. (31, 32, 33, 34) A meta-analysis demonstrated that fish oil supplementation may significantly reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. (35)  However, taking fish oil supplements to get your omega-3 fats is not an ideal strategy, since some studies suggest that high doses of fish oil may increase cardiovascular and total mortality, especially when used for more than four years. (36, 37)

The many benefits of fatty fish for promoting overall health are hard to argue against, and those with high blood pressure may especially benefit from including more fish in their diet. Also, certain fatty fish like halibut and wild salmon are high in potassium, as seen in the chart above. This demonstrates the benefit of choosing whole-foods over supplements when it comes to preventing disease; many foods have multiple and possibly synergistic effects that can provide significant health benefits over supplements containing their individual components. Eating one pound (16 ounces) a week of fatty fish like salmon, sardines, halibut, and mackerel is an important dietary strategy for reducing both high blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

 5. Drink Tea.

Habitual tea drinking may help reduce blood pressure, as demonstrated by research mostly conducted in regions where tea is a significant component of the daily diet. (38) There are some teas that may be more effective at reducing blood pressure than others, however, and caffeinated tea may raise blood pressure in the short term. (39, 40) The following teas are ones I recommend consuming if you need to reduce your blood pressure. (If you are taking prescription medicines, talk to your health care provider before drinking these herbal teas.)

Hibiscus tea has been demonstrated to reduce blood pressure in pre- and mildly hypertensive adults. (41, 42) Hibiscus is a small tree with red flowers that are rich in flavonoids, minerals, and other nutrients. (43) Hibiscus tea has a fruity taste that makes it popular as both hot and cold beverage, and experts recommend two to three cups per day to achieve blood pressure reducing effects. I recommend making a large jug of iced, unsweetened hibiscus tea and drinking it in place of water for at least 3 cups of fluid. Add a little honey or stevia if you prefer sweetness, but this tea is delicious on its own.

Hawthorn tea may also be effective as a blood pressure-reducing beverage, and the plant has been used to treat heart disease as far back as the 1st century. (44, 45, 46) The antioxidant-rich tea may help dilate blood vessels and improve blood flow. Dosing guidelines have not been established, but three cups a day is recommended by some health professionals.

Gotu kola tea may be another helpful tea in lowering blood pressure, specifically in the case of venous insufficiency. (47, 48) It is believed that gotu kola might assist in the maintenance of connective tissue, which strengthens weakened veins and helps improve circulation. Again, three cups daily is the current recommendation for this tea.

Finally, oolong and green tea may be beneficial for lowering high blood pressure. One study of more than 1,500 subjects showed that drinking one half to two and a half cups of oolong or green tea on a daily basis can lower a person’s risk of hypertension by 46 percent. (49) As you can see, there are many different teas that can benefit those with high blood pressure, so find one or two you like and drink them regularly.

6. Eat More Beets.

Some researchers hypothesize that a major reason the DASH diet is beneficial for lowering blood pressure is that the content of inorganic nitrate in certain vegetables and fruits provides a physiologic substrate for reduction to nitrite, nitric oxide, and other metabolic products that produce vasodilation, decrease blood pressure, and support cardiovascular function. (50)

So take a page out of the Dwight Schrute handbook and eat your beets! Beets are high in nitrates, which, as suggested above, may reduce blood pressure by improving vasodilation. Other foods high in nitrates include celeriac, Chinese cabbage, endive, fennel, kohlrabi, leek, parsley, celery, cress, chervil, lettuce, spinach, and rocket. (Ironically, bacon is another source of dietary nitrate…)

Beet juice in particular has been shown to lower blood pressure in multiple studies. (51, 52) So if you have a juicer, try making some fresh beet juice to drink on a regular basis. If you’re looking for an even healthier form of beet juice, you can also drink beet kvass, which provides probiotics in addition to hypertension-fighting nitrates. It’s an acquired taste for sure, but one that might be helpful to acquire if you’re suffering from hypertension that hasn’t responded to a healthier diet and/or weight loss.

Of course, there are many more recommendations for how to lower blood pressure, including strategic exercise, restful sleep, sun exposure, and meditation, yoga, or other stress management practices. There are also several different supplements that can aid in further lowering blood pressure once these dietary and lifestyle strategies have been made.

Chris has written a great bonus chapter on high blood pressure in his new book, Your Personal Paleo Code (published in paperback as The Paleo Cure in December 2014), which releases at the end of this year. (I’m so excited!) If you’re struggling with high blood pressure or other common but serious health conditions, I strongly recommend checking out this book for more information on how to address your symptoms by making nutritional and lifestyle changes that will greatly improve your overall health and wellbeing.

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  1. Thanks so much for this article. This is exactly the info I was looking for. A b.p. medicine is slowing me down and causing body aches. This will help a lot.

  2. nice meeting u friends on health issue, God bless each an every one of u, am a boy of 24yrs, i have being having issue on HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE that read 200\100+, i have being place on medication of which it seem not working. pls help me out to reduce it back to normal using natural medication.

    • Some other foods that can help if you take it on a daily or day after day basis:
      1. Raw Garlic. Chop a clove into small pieces and swallow with a glass of milk.
      2. Apple Cider Vinegar. Drink a tablespoon (mixed with water or any juice)
      3. Flax Seed. Eat a tablespoon.
      Good luck.

  3. I had BP 160/100 after doc put me in telmisartan 40mg no effect till for a month mu BP was 160/100 the dropped to 150/80 and till date same number. i am also taking statin bcoz my cholesterol 240mg/dl and trigly 172 and HDL 29 and LDL 180.

    Most of the time left arm numbness and chest tingling live with this for past 6 months. ECG normal. EKG normal.

    Any help friends

    • GEt yourself checked out for thorasic outlet syndrome. I had the same numbers and tingling and pain that you’re describing. And turned out To be a c6 nerve compression in the brachial plexus. You can test yourself. Just google it.

    • Easy and best way to bring down cholesterol is make a cup of plain tea, then add two table spoon of honey (good quality) and three teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Mix well and drink early in the morning for three days. You will see your cholesterol dropped significantly. You must cool your tea before you add the honey and cinnamon. Make sure cinnamon is not too much. Take small ice cream spoon to measure cinnamon. This really works. Your total cholesterol will be down soon. You should do it only for three days.

  4. I was scanned 142/95 yesday on my way to office just by chance when I stopped by a drug store to purchase some other medicines, I am 43 of age, 5/9 legnth and 83kg weight. I am greatly interested to lower it without medication and I would love the suggetions from senior members here to recommend me the natural products,only, available easily in Lahore, Pakistan. Just to tell you It ususally stayed between 85/130 and 90/145 since last 5 years but now I think its escalating. I hate typical Alopethic medication. I am not diabetic and I think I am having problem at night on bed, cant sleep. I also feel palpitaions. Which tests are to be undertaken. Anohter thing I would love to share here. Is there any correlation between Whether and these complications?
    I think this palpitation escalates in winter season as its winter now in my area.
    Another thing , any correlation between Tobacco Chewing Pans and Blood Pressure.

    • Ali, I’m following the Dean Ornish diet and it has brought down my blood pressure atleast 15 points. Its basically a vegan diet with low sugar & sodium. I do still eat fish though so I’m not truly a vegan

      • Ornish is okay. Some people do not like the fat restrictions but it’s by no means a death sentence.

        I am presently averaging 115/75 and am no longer on Lisinopril. Although I am not a part of the Ornish Programme, I have followed his dietary recommendations on my own. Rarely do I eat fish or processed foods but nothing is really “banned”, as far as I am concerned.

        Some things are worth sacrificing for. Normal blood pressure without drugs and a reasonably robust life are worth the sacrifice of self indulgence.

        • Please share why you are no longer taking lisinopril. It has made me so sick. Thank you,

    • Yes, any type of tobacco use is definitely a risk factor for high blood pressure and heart disease. Other factors include a lack of sleep, poor diet, caffeine use, and lack of regular cardiac exercise. You have to exercise at least 20 minutes at one time for it to count. Usually healthy habits lessen in the winter months, which could make it seem weather related.

  5. water fasting (just water, no food of any kind) for 7+ days will bring it down to normal without exception, healthy lifestyle thereafter will keep it down

        • That is indeed a stupid comment about fasting for 7 days because your heart will beat faster if not fed regularly.

          • When you fast, your body is not having to process all the crap that is normally placed in it and it is removing much of the bad effects from a poor diet life style therefore blood pressure will usually normalize and your heart rate will decrease. Most persons have enough nutritional stores to water fast for three to seven days.

          • … your heart rage will increase only if you are dehydrated. One can easily fast, not eating any food drinking water only for 7 days, but you would put your health/life at risk if you don’t stay hydrated. Dehydration can kill you!

  6. Please suggest:
    Cholesterol Level : current : 166
    TRIGLYCERIDE current : Level: 154
    HDL Level : 28
    LDL Calculated Level : 107
    Non HDL Chol. (LDL+VLDL) Level : 138
    Height : 5 feet 9 inch
    Weight : 152 lbs.
    Workout : 3 times a week.
    Diet : Indian naan and potatoes (on weekends).
    Weekdays : Eggs, chicken milk, oatmeal.

    What am i doing wrong and what should i do to improve my health?

  7. I am on Losartan/HCTZ blood pressure medicine. I am going to try low carb for blood pressure because I noticed when using low carb to lose weight it had a serious diuretic effect on me. I hate being slave to prescription medications and so this article will help me a lot.

    • I think I will try beet root or other beet products. I was thinking what had changed in my diet because I used to have excellent blood pressure readings. Now I am on bp meds and want to get off so going to try more potassium, magnesium supplements and drink more milk or eat more dairy products.
      Wish me luck!

  8. history of high BP in my family. i knew that and promptly became the thinnest and fittest in my family since forever, pushing 50, just went to ole doc and my bp was 170+/90+, obviously wanted me on BP MED. heck no. so i did some research..and found Cayenne pepper and Apple Cider Vinegar (mother version)! not kidding, on wed, i saw doc, by wed nite, i started taking 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper that nite, i also started taking ACV 2 table spoon that nite. then on thur, i took cayenne pepper 3 times as “prescribed” online, and took ACV 3 times as well, 2 times i took with 1/4 tsp of baking soda (takes away the acidity of ACV and keeps your body more alkaline)..long story short, by thur nite, my bp measured 3 different times were 130s/70s, this friday am it was in the 120s/70’s and as of this writing on friday nite, 126/75…i will go see doc next week..can’t wait to see the shock on his face.

    btw, when one have heart attack, what do they give you? cayenne pepper pills! this was an old wifes medication i found from this site below (no, i don’t own that site)..

    http://lindsayleighbentley.com/2012/10/31/lower-your-blood-pressure-naturally-quickly-and-cheaply/

    can’t hurt, i just bought it from albertsons, organic cayenne pepper for less than $4..lucky i like hot stuff.

    lucky i like hot stuff so now i will be carrying cayenne pepper with me everywhere..

  9. By getting my potassium up to over 4700 mg a day with food my blood pressure has dropped from it’s highest 160/100 to between 115/78 and 121/82. How many of us actually get this much potassium? You have to try HARD to get it but for me it is working when nothing else did and I’ve been trying to solve this problem for a couple of years. Thanks Laura!

      • Can I find Hibiscus tea in most grocery stores? I had ablation in Feb. not to drink green tea so they tell me reacts with a med I have to take .
        I have HBP too so am going to try a change. I love tea and fresh veggie. Due to blood thinner can’t use Kale or Dark Greens just yet. I don’t like taking meds.

    • During some tests (thru Lifeline) this past fall it was noted I had high blood pressure at 165/80…. I ignored it for a few months but decided to test it on my own recently for a week in the morning and it was consistently in the 160’s/80…. I scoured the internet and decided to try the following 1. Check my potassium intake (it was approx 1,500mg/day so I made a list of high potassium foods and increased to near 4,000. 2. Drink 8 oz of Pomegranate juice (2oz 4x a day to reduce any blood sugar spikes 3. Drink 3 glasses of hibiscus tea …..within 3 days my blood pressure was down to 140/80 and now 4 days later 127/75 WOW…… next up Co Q 10 which is recommended to be consume on a daily basis …. and then Hawthorne berries and finally cayenne but I’ll continue to monitor so the blood pressure doesn’t get too low….

      • Wait to go, Kirk! I’m doing a lot of the same. Already was on coQ10. Added hibiscus tea, cranberry juice, pom juice, bananas, potatoes, drinking more water, walking daily, meditating, trying to let stress roll off me. I’m getting results too, and have just begun. Important is to get excess weight off as high blood pressure is associated with weight gain.

  10. I changed my diet and don’t eat any processed foods with a few acceptions; salad dressing, ketsup, mustard. Don’t drink processed beverages. My BP dropped by 20 points in one week.

  11. Something that has helped me lower my blood pressure which I haven’t seen mentioned is Garlic Extract. My blood pressure was measuring around 145/80 but after taking garlic extract for a month it dropped down to 130/70. I have always worked out, so in thinking it is genetic. It also causes you to burn more fat during aerobic exercise.

  12. Very nice article..this gives me some new ideas.

    Something that has consistently seemed to work for me is supplementing with Pea Protein powder. I have seen studies that an enzyme of Pea Protein lowers blood pressure and it seemed to lower mine by about 10 points on the systolic when other things did not. I use the bulk powder available on amazon. I don’t like the taste much but is can easily be mixed with other things like yogurt to mask the taste.

    • Could you find the research on this enzyme found in pea protein? I would definitely be interested in supplementing with this inexpensive proteins source if it is true.

      thanks.

      • Here’s a summary of the one I originally saw…

        http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090322154407.htm

        If you search on Pea Protein and Blood pressure some other summaries come up but I think they are referring to this one. They imply you need an extract but the basic powder seemed to work for me although it seems to make me feel a little hormonally off so I don’t use it every day…but that’s just me.

  13. 15 years ago doc put mr on a Diuretic. Last week another doc put me on a SICKO BP med and said I must discontinue the Diuretic. I dropped the med, but never went back to the Diuretic. Suddenly I have an Over Active Bladder .. Is that doing the job of a diuretic, or should I return to the original Diuretic? Ask doc?….No, he’s had enough exercise reaching for the Rx pad!

  14. I had exemplary b.p. all my life, even when I was 40 lbs overweight. (my cholesterol was not so good–but b/p was always great) When I turned 65 yrs.old for some reason my b/p shot up. Go figure, since I’ve been consistently improving my activity and diet toward more natural, fresh, farm raised and organic with each passing year. (woo-hoo!)

    In reading about the benefits of potassium I set out to try an experiment. I added less then 1/8 tsp of Potassium Chloride powder (NOW FOODS) as well as a bit of cracked Himalayan pink salt (loaded w minerals) to a 1/2 glass of warm water every evening before bed.

    Well… it may not be the best tasting night cap I’ve ever had, but I not only sleep better AND my b/p is back to being
    purrrrfect = 117 / 72

    The thing about potassium (as w Vit. C) one has to work their way up to the appropriate dosage for you. Otherwise you will experience dreaded diarrhea. I believe Dr. Kresser states as much as 3 to 4 grams to alter b/p, but I only took 1/8 tsp (365 mg) and it brought my b/p down to normal within two days.

    It’s all about experimenting folks.

    • GoodStew, this gives me great hope. I’m 58 and have been trying to lower my BP for the past 2yrs thru eating healthier, exercise, cleanses, you name it I’ve done. And my HBP doesn’t budge. I’ve often thought of a potassium problem so I’m going to try your formula. I’ve been told by a holistic doctor to take 1/4 t Himalayan sea salt but I haven’t done it consistently. I’m going to now try it. Thank you.

  15. What the H*ll is “ghee” and “kefir”? I am 56 years old, a medical professional, and I have never heard of these food items. Also, the statement that fish oil supplements may actually contribute to cardiovascular issues is ridiculous. Perhpas one or two studies have suggested this (studies done on men in Whales?). Millions of people in America are taking fish oil supplements and you are suggesting that are contributing to cardiovascular issues. Crazy. Also, tea. Yes, tea is good, and can be good for you in my opinion. But here’s something to consider. My friend of 51 years, drank tea religiously almost her entire life. She lived a good clean life, eating well and drinking tea. Didn’t smoke. She just died of ovarian cancer. So, what is your suggestion here? Bottom line.. many disease are inherited. Hyptertension and cardiovascular disease is one of them. No mention in here of that. Why not, when it probably one of the most important contributors to these issues. Sometimes you fanatic natural nutritionists think you have all the answers, suggesting we consume your crazy, unrealistic foods (ghee and kefir) to cure us of our ailments, when the answers lie in our DNA.

    • If you don’t know what something is just google it. Ghee is clarified butter, and it’s yummy. Kefir is sold at most grocery stores near the milk, buttermilk, etc.? You need to get out more instead of cussing on the computer, lol. Someone asked me at work today whether they needed a visa to a certain country, and I found the answer in an instant by googling it. This is the age of knowlege, so you use it:)

    • I did change my diet, thats when my stage 1 of hypertension started. I have a nutri bullet drink of kale, banana, half a beet, half of a green apple, half of an avocado, Tbs of chia seed, Tbs of ceylon cinnamon and coconut water for breakfast 4 days a week. cut out bread and milk for the most part.???????????? also I took magnesium chloride for a week and started getting severely dizzy, had to stop taking it. This diet change of mine has been for about 7 months now. Go figure

    • Very late reply I know.
      You haven’t heard of ghee or kefir? Maybe go to a supermarket? You should find ghee with the other fats.
      High doses of fish oil can contribute to cardiovascular issues; as can high doses of any oil that turns rancid easily.
      Did your tea drinker friend eat a genuinely healthy diet or did she eat the sort of diet that most of the medical profession say is healthy?
      Very little disease is inherited! Having certain genes can predispose a person to an illness – it does not mean that they will get it.
      I’m not aware of any studies done on men in whales. I wouldn’t have thought that there would be many – the digestive juices would kill them if the whale chomping down on them didn’t. Not to mention lack of air.
      Man, that crazy ghee and kefir. Whoo.
      🙂

    • Hi, I had terrible results from fish oil as I was having abnormal EKG’s and was even sent for a stress test. I stopped taking fish oil and the EKG’s went back to normal! My ND thought that the fish oil could have had heavy metals and or rancid. I was taking Iceland Health brand. Very expensive and supposed to be pure pharmaceutical grade. As far as my blood pressure, it’s gone up since I went off low carb and trying to go vegetarian again. I take it as a warning that the veg diet isn’t right for me.

      • I am seeing my bp go up now as I’ve been eating vegetarian . I need to do a Whole 30 again. It was the best I’ve ever felt in my life. I get scared of all the conflicting info. China Study, etc. I thought it would make a difference, but it appears to not be working too well for me. I think I need to go back to Paleo.

    • Being in a medical profession , one would think you have heard of epigenetics (aka gene expression). Genes simply predispose someone , but lifestyle factors can have the greatest impact on whether or not it will become a problem. We have more confidence control than we think. Our culture looks for quick fixes (meds) that only treat symptoms, but not underlying problem that caused the symptom. I trust these natural “quacks” more that big pharma any day. It’s always worth a try. It may not always work 100%, but it can certainly help get one healthier and perhaps reduce meds if not stop completely.

  16. One thing to consider when BP is difficult to control with diet, medicines, herbs is dislocation of the atlas (the top vertebrae that the head sits on. Studies by a chiropractic specialty found that when the atlas was adjusted some people were able to come off their meds. because their BP automatically dropped. People who have had whiplash injury or other similar types of injury to the cervical spine are at risk. I am one of those. After 10 years on calcium channel blockers I am weaning off them and the diuretics also. Google NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association for more information.

  17. my BP is 180/130 but i feel normal my age is 30 what should i do please reply as soon as possible

    • call 9/11 and get some treatment. Seriously, the cause of bp that high has be diagnosed and brought down immediately.

      You can address natural therapies discussed hear later.

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