Blood Pressure [BP] is the force with which blood circulates toward and away from the heart; when it is too high or high for prolonged periods, the pressure can become too strong for the arteries. This can be dangerous, especially in cases where arteries are weakened or clogged by cholesterol. High blood pressure, referred to as hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease, the number one and three killers in the USA. Hypertension is also called the silent killer, because 20% of people have it and do not know it. In fact, 33% of non institutionalized American adults, and 53% of Nursing Home
residents are known to have hypertension (2010). It is estimated that the direct and indirect costs of high blood pressure this year in the United States alone will total $76.6 billion. Sixty per cent of people with diabetes are also hypertensive; poor diet, lack of
exercise, tobacco and alcohol use, and obesity also put people at a great risk of contracting hypertension. Many people experience no symptoms at all, while others experience dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, blurred vision or nausea. Standard treatment
includes antihypertensive medications, diet and exercise. (Linden, Lenz, 2001) The science behind biofeedback’s role in managing hypertension:
Biofeedback-assisted relaxation therapy has been shown in many studies to control essential hypertension. Linden, et al. reported that after 10 weeks of psychophysiologic treatment there was measurable improvement.
reductions in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure were observed. In a separate study, Yucha et al provided a multimodal training program to hypertensive individuals and also reported signicant decreases in blood pressure.
(Kuboki, Nakao, Nomura, Yano 2003)
These studies showed biofeedback resulted in significantly greater reductions in SBP (7.3
mmHg) and DBP (5.8 mmHg) than other modalities. Another study revealed signicant reductions in systolic blood pressure were observed over eight weeks in the patients who used the (biofeedback) device compared with controls. (Yucha, 2008) In some instances, as biofeedback trains clients to improve relaxation skills and self-regulation over blood pressure, the dosage of anti-hypertensive medication required for homeostasis is decreased; thus minimizing the burdens of chemical toxicity on the body.
Probable mechanisms of the biofeedback efficacy in hypertension is by helping clients to relax. In the relaxed state they are able to change physiological responses which cause: the constriction of peripheral blood vessels, heart racing from stress hormones, inflammation and deterioriation of blood vessels due to prolongued eects of excessive cortisol and increased blood pressure overall. It is also able to help clients gain control over certain nervous system responses, resulting in improved circulation, body temperature and decreased sympathetic activity. These relaxing effects of biofeedback may also help reduce blood pressure by restoring proper blood pressure dipping during sleep. In addition, biofeedback can also be helpful in managing the comorbid conditions and risk factors associated with hypertension. Please see our White Pages on obesity, diabetes, stress, and addictions.
If you or someone you love needs help managing hypertension we invite you to share this information on the benefit of biofeedback with them today.
We have helped thousands of our clients to normalized their blood pressure naturally using Biofeedback, stress management, deep breathing, full hydration, proper life style, achieving alkaline pH, replacing regular salt with celtic salt, taking high absorption supplements containing red yeast rice, policosinol, CoQ10, Resveratol, grape seed bioflavonoid extract, complete vitamins & minerals supplements.
Pomegranate has the same action as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. These drugs (such as Accupril and Vasotec) help lower blood pressure by blocking an enzyme in the body that is responsible for causing the blood vessels to narrow. If the blood vessels are relaxed, your blood pressure is lowered and more oxygen-rich blood can reach your heart. ACE inhibitors also lower the amount of salt and water in your body, which helps to lower your blood pressure.
In a study by Israeli researchers, pomegranate juice reduced the serum activity of ACE by approximately 36 percent. The same researchers found that people with high blood pressure who drank about 2 ounces of pomegranate juice a day for a year reduced their systolic blood pressure by 5 percent to 21 percent.
Keep a log of your blood pressure while taking the medications and supplements and your own physician will reduce all medications and diuretics once you reach your target of 120/80. If you are taking diuretics, use extra potassium and eat a banana to replace lost potassium. Chek with your health care provider before reducing or stopping medication.
The discovery of CoQ10 just over 50 years ago was a breakthrough that advanced our understanding of energy production dramatically.
The biochemist who pioneered the research even won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for it in 1978 and the studies have not stopped since.
In fact, researchers have found CoQ10 deficiency in people with almost every health problem you can imagine. Just look what some of the research has shown:
For your heart: According to the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, clinical studies have found CoQ10 promotes cardiovascular health…
For your brain: In an animal study performed at Johns Hopkins University it was shown that CoQ10 supplementation improves learning and memory…
Controlling your blood sugar: An Australian study showed that patients who took CoQ10 were able to maintain healthy blood sugar levels…
For your lungs: Researchers in Texas found CoQ10 promotes bronchial health.
A powerful antioxidant: CoQ10 has been shown to be a powerful antioxidant, blasting free radicals that can damage cell membranes and mitochondria…
Even your vision: In a recent clinical trial, taking CoQ10 for a year helped subjects see more clearly…
And your gums: CoQ10 helps improve gum and oral health…
And your skin: A German study showed that CoQ10 can help reduce wrinkles and protect skin from damaging sunlight…
It is the ultimate cell food bar none. Every single organ and system of your body needs its fair share.
But — there is a little problem…
A Tale of Two Nutrients
Let’s look at what happens with two hypothetical healthy minded people.
Take Joe. He’s very conscious about supplements and what he needs for his health.
Joe takes a popular brand CoQ10 supplement. He pays almost $50 for an 80 day supply. That is about $.62 a day.
Sounds like he is doing the right thing. He is taking one of the top antioxidants that is supposed to give him all those great health benefits listed above.
But Here is The Problem…
Our levels of CoQ10 begin to decline naturally, particularly after age 40.
By their 60’s and 70’s, some people have none at all.
Your cells may not have enough energy to function properly. You will also be more vulnerable to free radical damage that may lead to big problems.
This is why taking supplemental CoQ10 makes so much sense. And that’s what Joe is doing.
But if CoQ10 is such an essential enzyme…why have I stopped recommending you take CoQ10 every single day?
Take CoQ10 that is absorbed in your body and take it in a soft gel since it is fat soluble.
Dr. George Grant, Ph.D., IMD
Specialist in Integrative Medicine, Biofeedback Stress and pain Management