Reader’s Question: I started taking blood pressure pills for the first time about two months ago. I feel like they’ve sapped all the energy out of me, and they don’t seem to be lowering my blood pressure much. Is there anything else worth trying?
Dr. Glenn Rothfeld: If there’s one group of patients that the mainstream likes to experiment on, it’s people with high BP. Many times doctors don’t understand the real cause of your hypertension — and they don’t bother to investigate it — so they’ll have you try a bunch of different pills until something works.
Unfortunately, many BP patients are left to deal with the debilitating side effects like fatigue, dizziness, nausea and even persistent coughing.
Fortunately, there’s a natural, simple remedy that people have been using around the world for centuries to lower their blood pressure without having to touch dangerous prescription drugs.
Hawthorn berries have been used in both traditional Chinese and Native American medicine to control blood pressure and improve heart health. These berries get their colour from flavonoids, which are potent antioxidants that help dilate your blood vessels and stabilize your arterial walls.
Even better, hawthorn berries work by similar mechanisms as prescription blood pressure drugs, but without all the risks.
Hawthorn acts as a natural diuretic to clear excess fluid from your body, and inhibits the enzyme ACE that can trigger high blood pressure. That’s exactly how ACE inhibitor drugs like Lotrel and Altace lower blood pressure, but hawthorn won’t leave you feeling like your head is swimming.
There are plenty of reasonably prices hawthorn capsules and liquid supplements on the market today. Expect to take three doses a day.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing