Crystal, please do your own research on this.
clinical studies that have shown this. I am at work now and don't have much time to dig through the internet.
It is well proven that a lack of essential enzymes/trace elements/vitamins etc can lead to various illnesses (see scurvy for example), but I am not here to 'plug' anything. If it was me, I'd not take any meds unless it was absolutely necessary, let us know how he gets on
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Forty-seven non-hospitalised patients with mild hypertension took part in a randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial conducted by 11 general practitioners. The patients who were admitted had diastolic blood pressures between 95 and 104 mmHg after a two-week acclimatization phase. The patients then took either a preparation of garlic powder (Kwai) or a placebo of identical appearance for 12 weeks. Blood pressure and plasma lipids were monitored during treatment after four, eight and 12 weeks. Significant differences between the placebo and the drug group were found during the course of therapy. For example, the supine diastolic blood pressure in the group having garlic treatment fell from 102 to 91 mmHg after eight weeks (p less than 0.05) and to 89 mmHg after 12 weeks (p less than 0.01). The serum cholesterol and triglycerides were also significantly reduced after eight and 12 weeks of treatment. In the placebo group, on the other hand, no significant changes occurred.
Perhaps it doesn't even help everyone, but it isnt expensive and it won't hurt to try...can't say the same for meds sadly.
The supplement coenzyme Q10 has been utilized to treat hypertension. Almost ten years ago, the department of medicine, Mt. Sinai Hospital and Medical Center in New York, reported in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology that its cardiovascular importance is now being realized in clinical trials worldwide.(7) In humans, a deficiency of coenzyme Q10 was found in 39% of patients with hypertension, compared to 6% of those with normal blood pressure. Providing these patients with 60 mg of coenzyme Q10 for eight weeks resulted in a 10% or greater decrease in blood pressure.(
In a double blind study, 20 hypertensive subjects with low serum coenzyme Q10 levels receiving 100 mg of coenzyme Q10 per day for 12 weeks, showed a significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. (9)
In a 1994 study, 109 patients with known hypertension were given 225 mg of coenzyme Q10 daily, achieving a serum level of at least 2 mcg/ml. There was a decrease in systolic blood pressure from an average of 159 mmHg to 147 mmHg, while mean diastolic pressures dropped from 94 to 85 mmHg. Fifty percent of patients were able to decrease or eliminate their medication.(10)
The mechanism by which coenzyme Q10 reduces blood pressure is not fully understood. However, in 1990, Digiesi and Cantini demonstrated a decrease in resistance of blood vessel walls.(11) Further, clinical cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, MD, FACC, believes this action may be secondary to an improvement in the metabolic function of the cells, and that the antioxidant properties of coenzymeQ10 may help normalize cellular chemistry and promote optimal tone and compliance of the elastic vessel walls.(12)
In addition, according to researchers from Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, higher folic acid intake from food and supplements appears to reduce the risk of high blood pressure. The study was published in the Jan. 19 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (293, 3:320-9, 2005) (http://jama.ama-assn.org