Title: The Natural Alternative to the Most Prescribed Hypertension Meds
Author: Frank Mangano
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The Natural Alternative to the Most Prescribed Hypertension Meds
by Frank Mangano
Wouldn’t it be great if you could get all of the benefits of a
high blood pressure medication without the damaging side effects?
Well you can if you just know what foods to eat and how to
supplement them with a few good choices. When it comes to
managing blood pressure it often is the combination of the food
and lifestyle choices you make each day that can be the
difference between life long dependency on medication or a life
of good nutrition and health.
The intent of blood pressure medication prescribed by your doctor
is to quickly and continuously lower blood pressure readings for
both the systolic and diastolic readings -- the top and bottom
numbers. Sometimes the problem lies with just one of those
readings -- either as the heart beats or the pressure between
beats as the heart rests.
Blood pressure medication causes one of three main reactions.
They either increase the size of the blood vessel (vasodilator);
flush out the blood vessel of salt and water and create freer
blood flow with less volume (diuretic); or slow down the heart
beat (beta blockers).
Top 3 High Blood Pressure Medications
1. Doxazosin (brand name Wytensin) is a vasodilator that relaxes
blood vessel walls. Its negative side effects include rapid
heartbeat and fluid retention, so often other medications must be
prescribed to counter act these side effects, which can raise
blood pressure. Also, this medication is associated with some
gastrointestinal problems and impotence.
2. Hydrochlorothiazide (under brand names Carozine, HydroDiuril
or Diaqua) is a potassium reserving diuretic. It is intended to
hang on to the potassium, an important mineral in lowering blood
pressure that can get dangerously low with diuretic usage. The
resulting side effects however are dizziness, muscle weakness and
3. Acebutolo (brand name Sectral) is a beta blocker intended to
decrease the heart rate and blood flow. The side effects are a
lowering of the good cholesterol (HDL) and a rapid heart rate
can occur if the medication is suddenly stopped.
Get the Same Results Without Drugs
To get the same benefits of the most commonly prescribed
medications without the negative side effects there are natural
alternatives. Diet is the number one way to increase the
desirable reactions, but exercise contributes greatly too.
For example, the same reaction caused by vasodilators can take
place when you get enough L-Arginine. This amino acid lets the
walls of the blood vessels relax. You can take a supplement or
get it through animal proteins, peanuts or soy.
By drinking plenty of water, at least 8 glasses each day, you can
accomplish the same diuretic effects of the prescription. You
will flush out excess salt and other toxins that can increase
blood pressure. You can keep your potassium levels in a good
range by eating fresh bananas and potatoes.
Finally, to get the same benefits of a slower heart rate and
freer flowing blood without lowering your good cholesterol you
can keep your heart strong with Hawthorne and through routine
cardiovascular exercise that will allow the heart to work more
Copyright © 2005 Frank Mangano
Resource box: This article is based on the book, The Silent
Killer Exposed, by Frank Mangano. Frank is an author, researcher
and dedicates his life to finding solutions for people interested
in reducing their risk of health problems by improving their
overall quality of life naturally, without the use prescription
medication. Learn more by visiting his website:
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