By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T.
My integrative strategy against hypertension, which encompasses the adoption of a non-inflammatory diet and moderate exercise regime, healthy stress management and possible pharmaceutical treatment (among other behavioral modifications), necessarily includes supplementation for nutritive support. Targeted nutritional supplements not only provide our bodies substances necessary for protection and repair of cardiovasculature, they facilitate energy production within the heart and the rest of the body.
Maintaining and improving structural integrity of the heart and blood vessels through nutritive support is crucial for blood pressure management.
Top Supplements for Blood Pressure Lowering:
1. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) – 100 mg twice per day
2. Nattokinase – 50 mg twice per day
3. Omega 3-Fish Oil – 2 to 3 gms per day
4. Magnesium – 400 to 800 mg per day
5. Garlic – 1,000 mg per day
6. Hawthorne – 1,000 to 1,500 mg per day
7. Vitamin D – 1,000 to 2,000 units per day
8. Quercetin – 500 mg twice per day
9. Folate – 800 mg per day
10. Vitamin C – 1,000 mg per day
11. Argenine – 2 g per day
12. Crushed Flaxseed – 1 to 2 Tbsp per day
13. Grapeseed extract 150 mg per day
While multiple nutraceuticals can support blood pressure lowering, taking every one on list above is not for everyone. Based on my experience with them in clinical practice, my top supplement choices are listed as numbers one through six above. For patients with congestive heart failure, I suggest increasing CoQ10 intake to 100 mg 3 to 4 times per day, and adding 2,000 to 3,000 mg L-carnitine and 15 g ribose in divided doses per day to at least the top six.
Note: Patients taking medication for high blood pressure should always discuss any potential changes to their blood pressure-lowering strategies, including supplementation and/or other lifestyle modifications, with their physicians.
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