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Botanical Blend May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Diastolic blood pressure has been shown to be a better predictor than systolic blood pressure of cardiovascular risk in people under 50. A recent study suggests that a blend of grape seed and skin extract, green tea extract, quercetin dehydrate, resveratrol, gingko biloba, bilberry extract, bromelain, and fungal protease may help lower diastolic blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.

Participants in the study included 18 people with elevated blood pressure and meeting the criteria for metabolic syndrome. They were given either the botanical blend or a placebo daily for four weeks. After a two-week washout period, the participants crossed over to the other group for another four weeks. Fourteen hour daytime ambulatory blood pressure was measured at baseline and at the end point of each intervention.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted a 4.4 mmHg reduction in diastolic blood pressure in the botanical blend group but no changes in systolic blood pressure. Urinary nitrate and nitrite concentrations were significantly increased in the botanical blend group. The researchers believe the botanical blend helped lower dialostic blood pressure in part by boosting nitric oxide production.

No changes were seen in the placebo group.

Researchers from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and Melaleuca Inc., in Idaho Falls, conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on June 10, 2015, in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Previous studies suggest that aged garlic, hibiscus tea, flaxseed, and grape and wine extracts may also help lower blood pressure. The following lifestyle changes may also help lower pressure; exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, reduce sodium in the diet, limit the amount of alcohol you drink, quit smoking and cut back on caffeine.
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