The Doctor is In: Learn to understand high blood pressure
By Tim Holcomb
Originally published June 18, 2013 at midnight, updated June 18, 2013 at midnight
Medications for high blood pressure are effective for lowering your blood pressure numbers, but if you take them away, you still have high blood pressure.
They don’t necessarily fix the problem, and some people complain of the side effects such as dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness and loss of libido, not to mention the toll they take on your liver.
Many people try alternatives to medications to keep their pressure down. Some get results with supplements like CoQ10, garlic, minerals or herbal remedies. Some respond to eating a low-fat diet and avoiding excess salt.
As great as nutritional and herbal supplements can be, there are plenty of people with stubborn cases of high blood pressure who continue to have high numbers if they try to discontinue their medications. These are the stubborn cases of hypertension that nutrition by itself won’t bring down.
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