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Some Dietary Supplements And Herbal Remedies Do Seem To Reduce Blood Pressure

August 30, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
Hypertension researchers at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center conducted a review of so-called “natural” products marketed as treatments for high blood pressure, finding that a couple of dietary supplements and herbal remedies seem to show promise, at least on an individual basis. For example, the supplement coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant enzyme involved in energy production, significantly reduced blood pressure. Potassium also helps lower blood pressure, whether it comes from the foods or from a supplement. Promising herbal remedies included mistletoe extract, which can be toxic at high doses, and Hawthorn extract. Some herbal remedies on the other hand – St. John's wort, ephedra/ma huang, yohimbine and licorice – seem to increase blood pressure.
Kevin J. Woolf and John D. Bisognano, "Nondrug Interventions for Treatment of Hypertension", Journal of Clinical Hypertension, August 30, 2011, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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