Supplements for Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Patients often ask me about non-pharmaceutical options for controlling hypertension.  While these may not be enough in themselves, they may help to lessen dependence on anti-hypertensive pharmaceutical agents.  AS ALWAYS, consult your physician before taking any of these supplements, and DO NOT stop your present anti-hypertensive medications without your physician’s recommendation.

  • Lifestyle is very important.  Increase exercise, decrease consumption of starchy foods and sugary snacks/treats. 
  • Work to achieve your optimal weight.
  • Consume more protein (any type of protein is shown to reduce risk):  Hydrolyzed whey protein; bonito protein may be used.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA:EPA 3:2), 3-4 g daily
  • Virgin olive oil; olive leaf extract 500 mg, twice daily for 8 weeks
  • Aged garlic, 600 mg twice daily  (YES, this can cause garlic breath)
  • Wakame (dried seaweed), 3.3 g
  • Vitamin C, 600 mg/day
  • Vitamin D: 2000 IU per day, with a goal of bringing your level to 50-60 ng/mL
  • Dark chocolate in small amounts
  • Co-Q10:  60 mg twice daily, measure level
  • Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA):  acetyl-L-carnitine (500 mg) or ALA (200 mg)
  • Carnitine, 2 g/day
  • Taurine, 6 g/day
  • Pycnogenol, 200 mg/day
  • Grape seed extract, 150-300 mg daily
  • Pomegranate:  0.5-1 cup ground pomegranate seeds (Although this showed benefit for blood pressure, it is not realistic to consume this amount of ground seeds daily.)
  • Melatonin, 3-5 mg/night
  • Sesame, 60 mg/day
  • Quercetin, 365 mg twice daily
  • Probiotics, various doses were studied. In general, kefir (2-3 tablespoonfuls) and yoghurt (4-6 ounces) provide an appropriate amount of daily probiotics. If taken in supplemental form, an average dose is 10-20 billion cultures daily.
  • Beet root extract, one glass daily. https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/a-new-way-to-beet-high-blood-pressure#:~:text=Beets%20contain%20naturally%20high%20levels,in%20turn%2C%20lowers%20blood%20pressure.

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