High blood pressure means far more than an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Your risk of dementia also skyrockets.
Yes, you read that right… if you have hypertension, your chances of ending up with Alzheimer’s dramatically increase.
High blood pressure results in noticeable changes to the structure of your brain well before the symptoms of dementia may be even noticed by your doctor.
When scientists looked at MRI images of the brains of people living with hypertension, they found that their brains showed significant alterations in three specific white matter fiber-tracts.
Hypertensive patients also scored significantly worse in the cognitive tests associated with the brain regions connected through those fiber-tracts — specifically in areas involved in executive functions, processing speed, memory and related learning tasks.
This makes controlling your blood pressure vital to preventing dementia. Below are six steps to lower your blood pressure naturally.
1. Lose weight — You probably already know that carrying extra pounds around your middle adds to your high blood pressure risk. Shed those extra pounds and the hypertension that comes with them.
2. Eat healthy — What you eat and your blood pressure go hand in hand. Focus on healthy fruits and veggies, lean proteins and good fats from foods like avocados and extra-virgin olive oil.
3. Get active — You have to exercise if you want to drop your blood pressure. Set a weekly activity goal and stick to it.
4. Kick the salt — Sodium can raise your blood pressure so lower your salt intake by being more conscious of the foods you eat and avoiding processed foods.
5. Cut back on alcohol — Drink alcohol only in moderation; higher levels are associated with an increase in blood pressure.
6. Supplement — Certain supplements can help you naturally lower your blood pressure and avoid taking prescription drugs.
• Vitamin K2 — K2 helps to keep your arteries clear, elastic and pliable to promote better blood flow.
• Grape seed extract — The polyphenols in grape seed extract activate nitric oxide in the lining of your blood vessels to keep blood platelets from sticking together and boosts blood flow.
• Pterostilbene — This powerful antioxidant helps block the creation of Angiotensin II — an enzyme that stiffens the walls of blood vessels and triggers a hormone that increases the amounts of sodium and water retained by the body. In other words, it helps prevent the salt you eat from raising your blood pressure.
• Green tea extract — The phytochemicals in green tea reduce inflammation to support your heart health.
You can find all four of these vital blood pressure lowering nutrients stacked for you in Peak BP Platinum.