Anyone have hi b/p and are taking supps.

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Granniluvsu, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    either in stead of the meds or along with them. I am pretty sure that I will not be able to get off the meds completely since my b/p had been pretty hi before meds.

    If anyone is being helped by anything I would love to know. I did get some info on the Resveretrol/Ambrotose thread - we sort of got off the track or at least I did.

    Gotta run for now.
    Hugs,' Granni
  2. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Active Member

    Have you tried taking magnesium and/or potassium? Some doctors recommend eating a couple of bananas a day; steel cut oatmeal; lots of fruits and veggies.

    My dad has horrible side-effects from his blood pressure meds so I'm hoping that I never have to go on them as I get older.

    Good luck!
  3. Elisa

    Elisa Member


    Dr Whitaker suggests one or two small cans of low sodium V-8 juice first thing every morning...for high blood pressure.

    I also agree with TigerLilea that magnesium citrate (like in Calm - sold here) will help - also plenty of coQ10, fish oil, l-carnitine - maybe hawthorne too. In fact, I bet either Dr Julian Whitaker or Dr Steven Sinatra (heart specialist) sells a bp formula on-line. Both wrote books on this topic.

    God Bless,

  4. proteinlady

    proteinlady New Member

    I eat 4-5 stalks of celery a day and my BP dropped significantly.

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  5. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    I knew about the celery and bananas but had stopped buyting the bananas as DH was never to thrilled with them. So, I end up eating them myself. I also wishs that they wouldn't ripen so quickley. I know I could make banana bread or something but I am to lazy.

    When I buy the celery I forget to eat it ! Gee whiz I had better get started eating, shouldn't I ??

    Right now my printer is having problems so I can't print some of this out will do so later after our son comes up tomorrow to look at it.

    Right now I should hopefully be able to start eliminating some diruretics if I eat celery. Oh, the bananas also do not help my constipation problems either. Gee, I am a mess aren;t I, to many problems :) !!

    Thanks to Tiger, Jam, Proteinlady, Hangininthere, and who ever else I have forgotten to thank.

    Hangin - I already take Grapeseed Extract - how much do you take daily? I take 100 mg 2x A day !

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  6. victoria

    victoria New Member

    but it's worth a try as it wouldn't cost anything (or next to nothing, at least):

    elevate the head of your bed by 6-8".

    I ran across these sites that talked about doing this - not only can doing this lower BP but help remedy varicose veins.

    The first one has some reasons as to why it could/would work, the second has some people's first-hand experiences who had nothing to lose:

    if you try it let us know your results? I have low BP, but some varicose veins...

    PS: I've read that if you separate the bananas when you get them home, they will ripen more slowly - this seems to work for us. And/or put them in the refrigerator when no longer green, it will 'keep' - ie, even tho the skins may turn brown, the inside will still be just fine. This has also worked for us, but I find the first method easier as we have a small fridge.

    all the best,

    [This Message was Edited on 02/27/2010]
  7. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Active Member

    Yes, bananas are definitely not something you want if you have problems with constipation. How about if you put them into a smoothie with lot of blueberries or other fruit and some ground flax seed?? That might help to negate the banana problem :)
  8. FibroFay

    FibroFay New Member

    Granni, I take 2000 mg. Fish Oil every day. I also take 2 blood pressure medicines. My pressure runs in the normal range using this treatment plan. I buy the store brand of fish oil at the pharmacy where I get my meds.

    Hope you find something that works for you.