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Dr_decHigh blood pressure is a serious health condition that cannot be ignored—the consequences could be deadly. About 80 million Americans have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. Functional Medicine offers natural treatments to lower High Blood Pressure Blood pressure is the amount of force exerted on your arteries as your heart beats. If the flow of the blood is high, the tissue that makes up the walls of those arteries stretch and become prone to ruptures causing conditions such as heart attack, stroke, vision loss, memory loss and kidney failure. High blood pressure has been called the silent killer, because it can literally do that while patients experience no symptoms. It is also one of the factors associated with metabolic syndrome. Several studies have linked high blood pressure to cognitive decline.

A recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease highlights a correlation between high blood pressure during mid-life years and cognitive problems later on in life. Scientists studied subjects 50-60 years old and tested them several years later (when patients were in their 80s) and found that those  with high blood pressure during their mid-life years scored more poorly on tests of attention and execution function. The good news is that there are natural treatments to prevent and treat high blood pressure.

If you are suffering from this condition, these are some easy changes you can implement: 

▸ Consume more garlic: Researches from China found that garlic reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in subjects with hypertension.

▸ Take Vitamin D: In a study of 146,500 subjects, scientists found that for every 10% increase in plasma vitamin D, there was a drop in both systolic and diastolic blood pressures.November 2015_bloodpreasuer

▸ Add flaxseed powder to your diet: In a study of over 1,000 subjects, researchers found flaxseed supplementation lasting longer than 12 weeks resulted in reduction of diastolic and systolic blood pressures. Powder was found to be more effective than oil.

▸ Consume Omega-3s: A large-scale meta-analysis in the U.S found Omega-3s to be effective in lowering blood pressure among untreated hypertensive subjects.

▸ Maintain a healthy weight: American researchers found that even a five-pound weight gain can negatively affect blood pressure. The Study established a direct correlation between visceral fat and high blood pressure. Even healthy individuals who exercise frequently may suffer from high blood pressure due to genetic factors. However, they should not simply accept this as a fact, but seek appropriate treatment instead.

At Bellissimo, we can help patients by performing an in-depth study to discover what’s causing the spike in blood pressure. We then educate patients on any needed changes in lifestyle and prescribe natural remedies in individualized dosages to correct the problem. It is imperative to be treated with the proper dosage, purity and form of medical grade nutraceuticals, as some products may cause more harm than good. Let us direct you on your journey to optimized health!

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