Naturally Treating High Blood Pressure

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Last Reviewed 02/18/2014

Naturally Treating High Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, chances are your doctor prescribed an anti-hypertensive medication. While they do control blood pressure, some of them do so at a high cost when it comes to your health. So, I prefer to use them only when immediate action is needed or when lifestyle interventions have failed. 

Treating High Blood Pressure Naturally 

Instead, one of my top recommendations for treating high blood pressure naturally is with a nutrient called nattokinase, which comes from the Japanese food natto. I like the fact that it addresses an often-overlooked problem that causes high blood pressure to develop, hyperviscosity. In other words, it helps to counteract thick, sick, sticky and inflamed blood—keeping your blood flowing as it should. 

I’ve seen nattokinase lower and treat high blood pressure by 10–20 systolic points and 5–10 diastolic points.

How to Treat High Blood Pressure With Natto

  • With nattokinase, you want to start at 50 mg a day and raise the dose to 100 mg after a week. Be sure to regularly check your blood pressure as you begin taking the supplement, to monitor its effects. You’ll likely be in for a pleasant surprise and find that your doctor may be able to reduce your medication. 

  • Patients who are taking blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin) should not take nattokinase because both products thin the blood. However, I don’t see any problem taking nattokinase if you are taking low-dose aspirin (81 mg). Aspirin causes the platelets in your blood to be less sticky, which is a different action than the one caused by Coumadin. 

  • Everyone taking nattokinase should limit their fish oil intake to no more than 3 g a day because the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil also make blood less sticky and less likely to form clots.

Now it’s your turn: Do you take nattokinase for treating high blood pressure?

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