Some people who are prescribed blood pressure meds may find themselves completely unable to obtain their prescriptions in a SHTF or way-off-grid scenario.
This peer-reviewed PubMed article is by a cardiologist who uses whole food and supplements to get his patients OFF their blood pressure meds. Mark Houston, MD, has triple board certification. He is certified as a hypertension specialist by the American Society of Hypertension.
The information is not new, but it has been suppressed.
If you’re on prescription blood pressure drugs, you likely know which classification of antihypertensive you are taking (listed in Table 1). If not, ask your doctor. (The list below may not be completely effective in an acute situation, but if you are out of your meds and have no way of getting more quickly, these are an option).
I boiled down this paper to a few foods/supplements that have multiple purposes. You can read the whole paper here.
- Probably everyone knows Garlic does it all (see Table 1), but if you are of African descent, garlic may not work as well as watermelon or anything in the gourd or squash family, if available.
- Vitamin B6: (or as in a B Complex) works as a diuretic, a calcium channel blocker, a central alpha agonist, and an angiotensin receptor blocker
- Taurine: works as a diuretic, a calcium channel blocker, a central alpha agonist, an angiotensin receptor blocker
- Magnesium: works as a diuretic, calcium channel blocker, and a Direct Vasodilator
- Hawthorne: works as a diuretic, calcium channel blocker, a Beta Blocker, angiotensin-converting enzyme blocker
- Celery (powder): works as a diuretic, calcium channel blocker, central alpha agonist, an angiotensin receptor blocker
- C0Q10: works as a diuretic, a central alpha agonist, an angiotensin receptor blocker, and a direct vasodilator
- Hemp protein & seed oil: contains gamma linolenic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, and is rich in magnesium, fiber, L-arginine, Vit B6, zinc, protein, and other elements that act as calcium channel blockers, central alpha agonists, angiotensin receptor blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme blocker, and direct vasodilators
- Vitamin C (aka sodium ascorbate) acts as a synergist in combination with many of these.
Dr. Houston demonstrated that hypertensive patients had significantly more micronutrient deficiencies compared with normotensive patients.
In six months, 62% of the hypertensive patients were able to taper off and/or discontinue antihypertensive drugs (leaving all the side-effects behind) and maintain their blood pressures to between 120/80 mm Hg and 126/84 mm Hg.
Natural Compounds With Blood Pressure Lowering Qualities
You can see Table 1 for all the Natural Foods & Compounds with Antihypertensive Qualities
- Note that Hawthorne berry is listed repeatedly as effective to lower B/P naturally. Learn how to make your own tincture here.
- Also note that ‘fiber’ is listed in 4 of the 6 categories.
“Many patients can have hypertension prevented or controlled without pharmacotherapy.” ~Dr. Mark Houston, cardiologist
One reader: “Spinach works to dilate blood vessels and beetroot does too but using a different mechanism. One I use as a substitute for one BP med and one for another. I use celery as a diuretic and banana to deal with the potassium/sodium balance. (I eat the banana with the spinach and the beetroot, celery, carrot & apple get juiced every second day.) Together these 4 plus just one beta blocker has been enough to drop my BP from 200/100 down to 125/60. When I discovered spinach, I also found it improved my physical stamina by about 20% and my short term memory by about 200%, yes it tripled my ability to remember short term instructions.”
A commenter: “Somebody keeps asking me how I know about the effects of watermelon and squashes having antihypertensive effects on persons of Color. I got stuck in Texas after my credit card got hacked and had to hang around for a week waiting for my bank to send me another one. I had only enough $ for lodging and budget meals while I waited for the replacement. I ate dinner every night at a supermarket cafeteria and every night a gentleman of color walked in and purchased a huge plate of watermelon and ate the whole thing like a dying man! I couldn’t figure out why anyone would do this until I asked him. Turns out hypertension in persons of African descent has very much to do with Vitamin absorption and the production of skin pigment. Watermelon and squashes contain a high amount of citrulline amongst other things, that act directly on the kidneys and cardiovascular systems in people with darker skin tones. The gentleman was lowering his blood pressure in the supermarket cafeteria. As I said elsewhere, it’s probably best to eat what your grandmother told you to eat.”
And my husband’s personal experience: that the leafy green vegetable Bok choy (1 small-med leaf and stem daily) is very effective. It’s loaded with potassium, magnesium, and calcium, all of which help to reduce your blood pressure naturally.
So ditch the B/P meds (with your doctor’s help, of course) by eating the natural way with targeted foods and nutraceuticals. You don’t have to wait for the SHTF. God’s way (the way He created it to be) is always best!
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