High blood pressure is one of the most common problems I see every day. And here's one of the biggest problems about it. There is virtually no way to predict who is going to get it and who isn't. Too often the first time a person discovers that his blood pressure is high, it is a surprise to everyone. There isn't always a family history of it. And often there is no obvious reason, such as weight gain, sleep apnea, or stress, to explain it. Where did it come from and why?
The answer in 90% of cases is we just don't know. It could hit anybody at any time. So the best plan is to be on guard. Keep your weight in check, exercise regularly, and eat plenty of vegetables. In addition, a brand new up-to-date review of the literature points to an important supplement that can help.
The authors of the new study were interested in how fish oil supplements might help treat and prevent high blood pressure. They pointed out that previous studies on fish oil and blood pressure were limited for two reasons. One, the reviews were too narrow. And two, they were not up to date with all of the latest information. So they decided to look at 70 different randomized, placebo-controlled studies that compared the effects of fish oil supplements verses placebos on people with high blood pressure. Here's what they found.
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In the patients who were already on high blood pressure drugs, the supplements worked, but not very well. The maximal systolic reduction was 2.25 points and the maximal diastolic decrease was 1.54 points. Now I have to say that any reduction in blood pressure is welcome, but certainly these decreases are small. And, in general, that is what you can expect from supplements when treating high blood pressure. Whether it's garlic, magnesium, CoQ10, or arginine, nutritional supplements do not lower blood pressure nearly as well as medications. Except in cases of blood pressure that are only slightly high, nutritional supplements will still need to be backed up by medication. And that's why not waiting until you get high blood pressure is so important. Just look at what happened to the people getting fish oil supplements who had newly diagnosed high blood pressure and were not yet on medications.
In these cases, the fish oil supplements reduced the systolic blood pressure by up to 6.12 points and the diastolic pressure by as much as 4.35 points. These results are much better, and are significant enough to make the difference between being on a medication and not needing one. That is especially true if the supplements are combined with the other supplements I mentioned above and go along with weight reduction, dietary changes, meditation, healthy sleep schedules, massage, and regular exercise.
The list of all the health enhancing and preventive benefits of fish oil supplements goes on and on and only gets longer every year. That is why I take two fish oil capsules every day of my life – even though I have no medical condition and feel great. So don't wait until the doc tells you that you need to be on a blood pressure medication for the rest of your life. My best advice is to get proactive now while your blood pressure is perfectly fine. Follow the lifestyle advice I just mentioned above and be sure to do two other things. One, take two capsules of my Complete Daily Oils every day. This unique blend of parent oils, antioxidants, and fish oil is the safest way to be sure you have enough of these valuable oils in your diet. And also take at least one scoop of my Super Immune QuickStart powder every day. In addition to all of the other benefits it also has a lot of magnesium.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Miller PE, Van Elswyk M, et al. Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid and blood pressure: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Am J Hypertens. 2014 Jul;27(7):885-96.
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