High Blood Pressure and Natural Prevention

HypertensionHigh blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a condition in which the force of blood against artery walls is too strong—to the point of being harmful to your health, which increases risks for problems like heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. That being said, high blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood being pumped through the arteries in relation to the width of the arteries; too much blood through too-thin arteries is a recipe for disaster. Hypertension is actually such a common problem that, unfortunately, most people will experience at some point in their lives. It’s even possible to have high blood pressure for years without ever knowing it, all the while damage is being done to the heart and blood vessels. This happens because symptoms usually do not occur until it has reached a point of severity, but luckily this condition is easy to detect with a simple blood pressure test at a regular doctor’s appointment. It is suggested that you get your blood pressure tested at least every two years, and it’s always good to check both arms just in case, due to the fact that it’s possible for there to be a difference (2).

A simple healthy lifestyle is the key to preventing high blood pressure from developing. It’s important to eat a healthy diet that is low in sodium and alcohol. In addition, regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, and managing stress in a positive way all combine to work against the odds of developing high blood pressure later in life (1).

In case you already have high blood pressure, doctor-prescribed medicines along with a healthy lifestyle will combat and delay the long-term effects. However, a more natural approach for lowering blood pressure has entered the scene. Fish peptides, from the muscles of the bonito fish (a member of the tuna family), are the key supplement we are referring to here. These are composed of 9 purified proteins, free of any contaminants, and work against the strengths of high blood pressure development (3).

In our bodies, we have a compound called angiotensin, which increases the volume of blood being pumped from the heart, as well as the constriction of the blood vessels through which all this blood has to flow, thus creating a problem of high blood pressure. Then, there are enzymes called angiotensin converting enzymes (ACE) in our bodies as well, converting angiotensin I into angiotensin II, with this conversion being responsible for the increase in fluid and pressure. What the fish peptides do, however, is inhibit the ACE by relaxing artery walls, while simultaneously decreasing the blood flow volume so that healthy amounts of blood can travel throughout the body without constriction (3).

So why should you use fish peptides as supplements over prescription drugs? There are all kinds of synthetic drugs that work the way fish peptides do, in that they are ACE inhibitors, as opposed to other antihypertension drugs like diuretics and beta-blockers. Like fish peptides, these other synthetic versions of ACE inhibitors also actually improve heart function, as well as blood and oxygen flow. What separates the naturally occurring fish peptides from these other drugs, however, is the fact that they do not produce any side effects. According to the human safety studies that were done on this drug, even majorly excessive doses did not create the typical symptoms so characteristic of normal ACE inhibitor drugs (dry cough, dizziness, light-headedness, headache, and risk of severe allergic reaction) (3).

1.5 grams of fish peptides is the recommended daily dose for utilizing this supplement in hypertension prevention. Though this isn’t the typical route to treating high blood pressure, it is a natural and effective one. Just keep in mind that we always advocate consulting with your doctor first before starting any supplement regimen.

References (click to show/hide)

  1. "How Can High Blood Pressure Be Prevented?" National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. National Institutes of Health, 2 Aug. 2012. Web. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/healthtopics/topics/hbp/prevention.html.
  2. Mayo Clinic Staff. "High Blood Pressure (hypertension)." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 28 Apr. 2014. Web. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-bloodpressure/basics/symptoms/con-20019580.
  3. Murray, Michael T., N.D. High Blood Pressure. N.d.