High Blood Pressure
Blood Pressure and Nutrition
Elevated blood pressure is a major risk factor for a heart attack or stroke. Since over eighty per cent of patients with high blood pressure are in the borderline-to-moderate range, most cases of high blood pressure can be brought under control through changes in diet and lifestyle. Nutrition plays a vital role in regulating blood pressure, and if we reverted to our early evolutionary diet the problem of high blood pressure would disappear. Population-based and clinical studies have shown that the higher the intake of vitamin C the lower the blood pressure. Over sixty double-blind studies have demonstrated that either fish oil supplements or flaxseed oil are very effective in lowering blood pressure. Hawthorn extracts exert mild blood-pressure-lowering effects.