Blood Pressure 2

High blood pressure - the "silent killer" - strikes without


Most patients don't need dangerous drugs. One of the most powerful ways to combat this epidemic is completely natural and without serious side effects.

Garlic naturally widens your blood vessels and lowers your systolic pressure (the top number) by 20 to 30 mm Hg and your diastolic pressure (the bottom number) by 10 to 20 mm Hg. A German study revealed that garlic also lowers your cholesterol and triglycerides (blood fat). Look for a supplement that contains at least 3,600 micrograms of allicin (the active ingredient in garlic) per dose.

Vitamin C is another proven way to lower your blood pressure. One 10-year study showed that the lower your levels of vitamin C, the higher your blood pressure and risk of stroke. Another study found that taking as little as 250 mg a day cut the risk of high blood pressure by almost half - and it's very safe to take much more. I usually recommend starting with 1,000 mg of vitamin C daily.

By Al Sears, MD