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High blood pressure

High Blood Pressure Protocol (medical name: Hypertension):

Hypertension is a medical condition where the blood pressure is chronically elevated above 140/90 mmHg. This should be measured on at least two occasions before the diagnosis is made.

Reasons why hypertension is dangerous:
Hypertension is one of the risk factors for strokes, heart attacks, heart failure and arterial aneurysm (weak blood vessels that can burst), and is a leading cause of chronic kidney failure and death.

Causes of high blood pressure:

  • Age: Over time, the number of collagen fibers in artery and arteriole walls increases, making blood vessels stiffer.
  • High salt intake
  • Sedentary lifestyle (ie lack of exercise)
  • Tobacco smoking
  • Excess alcohol
  • High levels of saturated fat (animal fat) in the diet
  • Obesity – each kilogram of weight lost reduces blood pressure by approx 2 mmHg.
  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome (also known as pre-diabetes or insulin resistance), often caused by excess refined carbohydrates

Treatments (lifestyle modification, prescription medicines and SOLAL supplementation):
A reduction of the blood pressure by 5-6 mmHg can decrease the risk of stroke by 40%, of coronary heart disease by 15-20%, and reduces the likelihood of dementia, heart failure, and death from blood vessel disease.

Lifestyle modification

  • Weight loss and regular exercise are the most important steps in treating mild to moderate hypertension.
  • Discontinuing smoking does not directly reduce blood pressure, but is very important for people with hypertension because it reduces the risk of many dangerous outcomes of hypertension, such as stroke and heart attack.
  • Diet: A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, high in fibre, and low in fat and sodium lowers blood pressure in people with hypertension. Salt causes hypertension in some people and reducing salt intake decreases blood pressure in a third of people.
  • Alcohol reduction also significantly reduces hypertension in people who drink too much.

Prescription Medication:
There are 5 types of prescription medications for hypertension, namely beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, calcium channel blockers and diuretics. These may not be necessary if the lifestyle modifications above, and the SOLAL protocol below, are adopted.

  • Generally first choice for a younger patient should be a diuretic if single therapy is being initiated and another medication is not indicated.
  • In older patients, or where there is evidence of kidney disease an ACE inhibitor is medication of choice.
  • In patients with coronary artery disease or a history of a heart attack, beta blockers and ACE-inhibitors work well together as this both lowers blood pressure and protects heart muscle over a lifetime, leading to reduced risk of death.
  • Sometimes different classes of blood pressure medicines are used together for severe cases of hypertension.

SOLAL supplementation:

SOLAL’s products can be used alone in cases of mild hypertension, or can be combined with medication to improve their effectiveness.
SOLAL’s products do not require a prescription and have extra health benefits which prescription medicines don’t have, such as also lowering cholesterol and blood fats, as well as improving general heart health.

SOLAL’s Hypertension Protocol:

Products are listed in decreasing order of importance. Ideally all of the products listed below should be taken. However, if only one product can be afforded, the patient should take the top one. If two products can be afforded then the top two should be taken, etc.

  1. Co-enzyme Q10: lowers systolic blood pressure by about 26% in some people with hypertension after 12 weeks of therapy. SOLAL’s Co-enzyme Q10 contains piperine to enhance absorption. Dose: one capsule twice daily.
  2. Resveratrol with grape seed extract: Resveratrol protects the hearth and reduces hardening of the arteries. Grape seed extract lowers blood pressure by approx 10-20mmHg. Dose: one capsule daily.
  3. Fish Oil Omega 3 extract: produces modest, but significant reductions in blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension, especially if they have diabetes too, but even if they don’t. Dose: one capsule twice daily.
  4. Arginine powder: reduces blood pressure in mild hypertension, especially in patients with type 2 diabetes. It may also improve the effectiveness of blood pressure lowing medicines. Dose: 4 scoops twice daily.
  5. Magnesium glycinate: can reduce blood pressure to a small extent in people with mild to moderate hypertension. Dose: 3 capsules twice daily.
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