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Meditation and Nutraceuticals- a True Prescription for High Blood Pressure

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:04pm

Today’s NPR morning edition,   “To Lower Blood Pressure, Open Up and Say ‘Om’”,  discussed research demonstrating that a daily meditation practice increases nitric oxide levels, which opens up blood vessels, and decreases blood pressure.  A physician interviewed on the show, Dr. Zusman, talked about how he was able to reduce his patients blood pressure prescription medications.  Taking it a step further, it would be helpful to interview licensed Naturopathic Physicians who recommend meditation together with nutrients and herbs proven to maintain healthy blood pressure levels. Some of the natural medicines we use in practice include:

Hawthorne Berry Extract

Magnesium

N-Acetyl-Cysteine

Taurine

Vanadium

Vitamin B6

Potassium

Pomegranate Extract

These medicines do not have the side effects that are common with prescription drugs, and the results I see in practice are excellent. They work on various mechanisms that affect blood pressure including acting as natural ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, diuretics, beta-blockers, endothelial protectors, renin regulators and antioxidants. It typically takes about 30 days of consistent use to see significant results.

So before reaching for the prescription pad, why not first try a more natural, and less expensive, approach to helping our body to heal.

-Dr. Gina

Today’s NPR morning edition,   “To Lower Blood Pressure, Open Up and Say ‘Om’”,  discussed research demonstrating that a daily meditation practice increases nitric oxide levels, which opens up blood vessels, and decreases blood pressure.  A physician interviewed on the show, Dr. Zusman, talked about how he was able to reduce his patients blood pressure prescription medications.  Taking it a step further, it would be helpful to interview licensed Naturopathic Physicians who recommend meditation together with nutrients and herbs proven to maintain healthy blood pressure levels. Some of the natural medicines we use in practice include:

Hawthorne Berry Extract

Magnesium

N-Acetyl-Cysteine

Taurine

Vanadium

Vitamin B6

Potassium

Pomegranate Extract

These medicines do not have the side effects that are common with prescription drugs, and the results I see in practice are excellent. They work on various mechanisms that affect blood pressure including acting as natural ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, diuretics, beta-blockers, endothelial protectors, renin regulators and antioxidants. It typically takes about 30 days of consistent use to see significant results.

So before reaching for the prescription pad, why not first try a more natural, and less expensive, approach to helping our body to heal.

-Dr. Gina

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