Ask Me About Blood Pressure

‘If you don’t know your blood pressure, it’s like not knowing the value of your company.’

Dr Mehmet Oz

If you have any questions about blood pressure, please use the comments box below and I will do my best to answer as soon as possible. Please note, I can only give general advice. If you have any persistent symptoms or health worries, or are concerned about your own blood pressure readings, it’s important to consult your own doctor.

I am often asked about the effectiveness of natural remedies for high blood pressure, so I’ve given all the evidence based figures for how well different approaches work at this link: Natural Remedies For High Blood Pressure.

Let me know what remedies you’ve found most helpful!

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8 thoughts on “Ask Me About Blood Pressure

    • DrSarahBrewer Post author

      Hi Susan, Do go back to your doctor. You may need to change to a different class of antihypertensive drug, or have another one added in. Most people need 2 and sometimes 3 different medications to control their high bood pressure (often combined in one pill so you are not rattling). It’s important to bring your blood pressure down to target levels. In addition, natural approaches can help your medication to work more effectively. For example, lack of magnesium can reduce the effectiveness of some BP drugs, and correcting this will help you respond better. In the meantime, there are 45 different ‘natural’ ways to reduce blood pressure at this link. Click through on the ones that you would like to try for more details. Posts on the home page provide information too. Hope that helps, Best wishes, Sarah B

  • Roger

    Hi, I have three questions.

    I am taking Ramipril (2.5mg) before bed and Amlodipine (5mg) in the morning for my high blood pressure. I would like to also use Magnesium Bisglycinate and Apple Cider vinegar at meal times as my BP seems to go up, especially in the early evening. I have tried to check for interactions and have read the drug leaflets but can’t see any. I suppose, I am asking for clarification.

    I understand that high potassium from diet could interact with Ramipril, but what is a high potassium diet?

    I would prefer to use natural remedies to relieve or possibly eliminate my high blood pressure. I have started having cold hands and feet and poor libido, which after a year of taking my tablets may be the side effects. I know everyone is different, but is this a common reaction when taking these drugs?

    • DrSarahBrewer Post author

      Hi Roger, magnesium deficiency is common, and adding magnesium supplements to correct this can significantly improve blood pressure that has not previously responded to medication. Depending on how well your blood pressure is controlled, you may wish to start with a low dose and work up. The DASH diet will provide a good amount of magnesium from green leaves, nuts, seeds, fish, beans and wholefoods so you may wish to try this nutritional approach instead. The DASH diet is relatively high in potassium from fruit and veg, but is medically recommended for hypertension. Poor peripheral circulation and loss of libido can result from antihypertensive drugs, and amlodipine is often cited. Do see your doctor to ask if other classes of blood pressure medication might suit you better, control your blood pressure more effectively and not affect your libido. Don’t feel embarassed – GPs deal with this problem regularly. Hope that helps, Sarah B

  • JB

    Hello – the article on red reishi is interesting. I take 32mg of Candesartan each morning, which I assume isn’t an immunosuppressive / anticoagulants or cholesterol-lowering medication, so would I be okay to take red reishi as well? I have got my BP down from the high 170s (at times it was in the 190s!) to mid 140s but am still trying to get it in to the 130s, and doing lots of intense exercise, avoiding all caffeine and alcohol and doing my best to avoid salt, but despite all these efforts, still can’t get it any lower hence my interest in red reishi.

    • DrSarahBrewer Post author

      Hi JB, I’ve checked with the Natural Medicines interaction database and it says: “Theoretically, concurrent use of reishi mushroom with antihypertensive drugs might increase the risk of hypotension.” Having said that, any oral supplement that lowers BP would have the same flag. If you do decide to take reishi – or any other natural approach – it’s important to monitor your blood pressure closely initially, and if taking a supplement, start with a low dose. I’ve just written an overview of all the blood pressure lowering natural remedies HERE. Hope that helps – it includes 39 possible approaches and the evidence behind them. Best wishes, Sarah B

  • Arnie T Alcazar

    Is it true that while blood pressure treatments lower hypertension, they also kill the liver slowly, among other side effects.

    • DrSarahBrewer Post author

      Hi Arnie, most antihypertensive medicines don’t have adverse effects on the liver, but if you are concerned your doctor can check your liver function for you. The Patient Information Leaflet provided with each medicine will list possible side effects. Best wishes, Sarah B