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Natural Extracts Lower Blood Pressure

October 2014

By Brandon Dewitte

Hypertension: The Silent Killer

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.

Are You Predisposed To High Blood Pressure?

Many conditions cause or predispose a person to having hypertension.

Over 25% of US adults have metabolic syndrome, which includes hypertension as one of its defining features.47

Obesity, another component of metabolic syndrome, is a leading cause of high blood pressure, with 60 to 70% of hypertension in adults related to excess body fat, especially “central” obesity located around the abdomen.48 Being overweight or obese is associated with a significantly increased risk of hypertension compared with people of normal weight.49,50 Obesity imposes unusual stresses on the body’s self-regulatory mechanisms, among which are over-activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone hormone system, which promotes fluid retention and boosts blood pressure.48,51

High levels of uric acid in the blood is directly related to hypertension. In one study, people with high uric acid levels were 2.6 times more likely to have high blood pressure than those with normal levels. And people with both high uric acid and obesity were more than 4.5 times as likely to be hypertensive, compared with normal-weight people with normal uric acid levels.50

Another cause of hypertension is obstructive sleep apnea (also called obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome), in which a person’s breathing temporarily ceases or becomes very shallow during sleep.52 In one study, over 50% of people with the syndrome had hypertension compared with only 30% in controls.52

Regardless of the cause of hypertension, it is essential to treat it.

Figure 1: Blood Pressure Awareness And Treatment In America

While most Americans are aware of hypertension’s risks and many are receiving treatment, only a minority have been able to successfully control their blood pressure. The colored bars above represent the percentages of American adults who express awareness of the dangers of hypertension, those who are being treated for hypertension, and those who have their hypertension under control. Each color represents a different National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) study, which began in 1976.

Summary

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.

If you have any questions on the scientific content of this article, please call a Life Extension® Wellness Specialist at 1-866-864-3027.

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