Blood pressure and Vitamin

Blood pressure and Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency may play a role in the development of high blood pressure, possibly via effects on calcium metabolism.

Blood pressure and Vitamin C

Blood pressure and VitaminHypertension sufferers often have low blood levels of vitamin C and increasing intake may help to lower blood pressure. In a study done in Cambridge, UK researchers examined the relationship between blood pressure and vitamin C levels in the blood in 835 men and 1025 women aged from 45 to75. The results showed that low vitamin C levels were associated with higher systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

Some research suggests that vitamin C supplements may have beneficial effects in lowering high blood pressure. They have been shown to improve abnormal artery lining function in hypertensive people. Vitamin C supplements may be useful in combination with other treatments.

Other nutrients

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements may be effective in treating mild hypertension. In a 1996 study of 78 patients with untreated mild hypertension, Norwegian researchers found that overall blood pressure was reduced by about six points in people who took fish oil supplements, compared with those who took a corn- oil placebo. In some cases, it may also be an effective addition to drug treatment. In a 1996 study, 21 men whose blood pressure was not successfully controlled with anti-hypertenstive medications were randomized to receive either fish oil (4.5 g omega-3 fatty acids per day) or aplacebo. Blood pressure readings were taken at the start of the study and at four and eight weeks. Both systolic and diastolic blood pressures were significantly reduced in the fish oil group at both week four and at week eight. Supplements have also been useful in preventing high blood pressure in heart transplant patients. However, not all studies have shown beneficial effects.

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