Other food supplements and other alternatives :
While some dietary supplements can help, it’s important to understand that they should never be used as a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, which helps treat the true causes of high blood pressure.
In fact, just swallowing dietary supplements without changing your lifestyle is akin to the passive attitude of the patient who swallows his prescription drugs. It is an illusory attitude that we denounce because it is ineffective in most cases. On the other hand, it greatly suits the pharmaceutical industry and greatly simplifies the work of doctors.
So, only after you have adjusted your lifestyle can you use food supplements to further improve your health:
Here are several interesting avenues.
Normalize your omega-6 / omega-3 fatty acid ratio. In nature, it was predicted that for every omega-3 we eat, we would have to eat 1 to 3 omega-6s. However, omega-3s are found in linseed oil, oil nuts, rapeseed oil, fish, products that are increasingly scarce in modern diets. And omega-6s are found in corn, sunflower, grapeseed, and wheat germ oil, products that are increasingly common because they are cheap.
The result is that most people hardly ever eat omega-3s, but eat Omega-6s with every meal. Their omega-6 / omega-3 ratio is therefore 25/1 or 40/1! It’s catastrophic for your blood, your arteries, your cells. If this is your case, this urgently needs to be changed.
- Magnesium: a daily supplement of magnesium can be useful to lower your blood pressure, especially if it is very high;
- Vitamins C and E: normally, a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, good quality oils, nuts, and fatty fish provides you with the necessary doses of these vitamins, important in the metabolism of blood pressure. If you think you need to take them as a supplement, be sure to choose a natural vitamin E, unfortunately much more expensive than synthetic. In the list of components, vitamin E can be recognized by its “d” form. You will see that it says dl-alpha-tocopherol, d-beta tocopherol, etc. when it is natural, and dl-alpha-tocopherol when it is synthetic;
- Olive leaf extract: A 2008 study indicated that a dietary supplement of 1000 mg of olive leaf extract daily for 8 weeks causes a sharp drop in blood pressure. You can also buy simple olive leaves from herbalists and add them to your herbal tea: infuse a teaspoon for 10 minutes.
Note that babies who have been breastfed for 12 months or more have a much lower risk of hypertension than adults. The protective effect may come from the polyunsaturated fatty acids found in breast milk.