High blood pressure is the scourge of modern medicine. We know the mechanics of how it occurs, but we don’t always know why. Too often, physicians and dietitians treat the symptoms of high blood pressure but not the cause. We’re here to talk about the nutrient deficiency and high blood pressure connection and five deficiencies that may be causing hypertension.
Five nutrient deficiencies that affect high blood pressure
CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant found in every cell of the human body and it plays a large role in blood pressure regulation. Without it, you’re more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke due to high blood pressure. CoQ10 supplementation, however, can help reduce systolic blood pressure by up to 17 mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by 10 mm Hg.1
Magnesium deficiency has long been linked to hypertension and heart disease. But there is good news: supplementation can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure when 370 mg doses are taken daily for a minimum of three weeks.2 Not into pills? Leafy greens, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate (YES!) and yogurt are all great sources of magnesium.
Oh, omega-3s. These dietary fats are especially important for maintaining heart health. Omega-3 fats decrease triglyceride levels, slowing the growth of plaque in your blood vessels. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish, a common source of omega-3s, at least twice a week for optimum cardiovascular health.3
If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you may also be potassium deficient. Potassium assists with blood pressure regulation by helping to balance the negative effects of salt in the body. Too much salt reduces the kidney’s ability to remove fluid from the body, the result of which is higher blood pressure.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine recommend taking a 500 mg dose of vitamin C daily to reduce blood pressure.4 Vitamin C acts as a diuretic, forcing the kidneys to remove more sodium and water from the body. That means blood vessels are more relaxed.
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- Coenzyme Q10. (n.d.). Retrieved October 02, 2016, from http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/coenzyme-q10
- Magnesium — Health Professional Fact Sheet. (n.d.). Retrieved October 02, 2016, from https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/
- Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Retrieved October 02, 2016, from http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/HealthyDietGoals/Fish-and-Omega-3-Fatty-Acids_UCM_303248_Article.jsp#.V_HI5JMrLqQ
- Big Doses of Vitamin C May Lower Blood Pressure – 04/18/2012. Retrieved October 02, 2016, from http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/big_doses_of_vitamin_c_may_lower_blood_pressure