Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Dear Terry, “Can I control high blood pressure with herbs and vitamins? My blood pressure was always normal and now it is higher than it should be. I am a 61 old female who goes to the gym almost every day.” — Ursula N., Bridgeport, CT
A. Dear Ursula, While I have some safe and effective nutrients that can help you, I do encourage you to consult with your healthcare practitioner. I can make some recommendations, but that never replaces a doctor’s care and oversight.
A combination of olive leaf and hibiscus extracts can be a wonderful alternative for safely lowering blood pressure. Both have been shown in clinical trials to lower blood pressure levels. In fact, in a study comparing hibiscus to the prescription blood pressure drug lisinopril, those using hibiscus had better blood pressure reduction than those taking the synthetic drug, and with absolutely no side effects at all. When choosing a product, look for one that contains olive leaf and hibiscus extracts standardized to their key compounds. In the case of olive leaf, it should be standardized to a minimum of 16% oleuropein, while hibiscus should be standardized to a minimum of 30% polyphenols. I recommend taking 750 mg of this blend twice daily. But, be patient – you need to follow this regimen for a minimum of three months before evaluating the benefits.
Terry . . . Naturally