Natural Extracts Lower Blood PressureOctober 2014
By Brandon Dewitte
Hypertension: The Silent Killer
Olive leaf and celery seed extracts could not have been developed at a better time. Hypertension is quickly becoming a global epidemic.1 It is estimated that nearly 30% of adults around the globe have hypertension36—and that percentage climbs to 75% in some European nations.37 Even in the US, which has one of the highest rates of awareness of the disease, hypertension affects between nearly 30 to 50% of the population.37-39
Hypertension has long been known as the “silent killer.”8,40 Despite increased awareness and treatment of hypertension, it is estimated that more than 50% of people worldwide with high blood pressure are unaware of their condition, and only a minority have been able to achieve control of their blood pressure.41,42
If you’re unsure of your blood pressure levels, you should have them tested as soon as possible. Life Extension suggests that optimally, blood pressure should be maintained at 115/75 mm Hg. Blood pressure levels greater than 139/89 mm Hg should be treated right away. Talk to your doctor about possible treatments and consider adding the combination of celery seed extract and olive leaf extract to your treatment plan.
Rather than blindly assuming anything works, obtain an at-home blood pressure monitor to ensure that the drugs, nutrients, and lifestyle changes you are using to lower blood pressure are achieving optimal results.
Despite billions of dollars spent on drugs to lower blood pressure,43 Americans are still losing the battle to keep their hypertension under control. Even drugs that are effective at bringing down high blood pressure have uncomfortable, sometimes dangerous, side effects.
One of the most effective blood pressure drug combinations is an ACE inhibitor paired with a calcium channel blocker. But for those with early or mild-to-moderate hypertension (Stage I), ACE inhibition and calcium channel blocking may be accomplished with extracts from olive leaf and celery seed, respectively. Even those with more advanced cases of hypertension may be able to reduce their dosing of drugs by adding this nutrient combo.
Clinical studies show that each of these supplements alone is effective at significantly lowering blood pressure, generally without the adverse effects often associated with prescription medications. Using olive leaf and celery seed extract together is a powerful natural combination modeled on solid science.
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