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Lowering Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure is becoming a widespread condition in the United States. Today, 1 in 3 Americans suffer from high blood pressure and if your over the age of 60 the chances rise to 1 in 2. The scary part, most people don't realize they have high blood pressure.

Normal blood pressure levels are defined as less than 120/80 mmHg; pre-hypertension is classified as between 120-139/80-89 mmHg. High blood pressure is classified as stage 1 (140-159/90-99 mmHg) or stage 2 (greater than 160/100 mmHg).

What can you do if your pressure falls into the high range levels? Most doctors will suggest the dash diet program that requires you to cut salt and fried foods from your diet and add more nuts, fruits and vegetables. Implementing that diet does help, but new studies show you should also cut wheat and cornstarch out of your diet, not to mention processed foods and items containing high fructose corn syrup.

For increased benefits, you may want to add supplements to your diet. Studies show Vitamin D, CO-Q-10, magnesium, and omega 3 fatty acids can help lower your blood pressure. Also reservatol, found in red wine and grapes, and melatonin can add in dropping blood pressure.

A warning, if you are already on a prescription to lower your blood pressure, you will want to speak with your doctors before adding any supplements to your diet. That's just to make sure the prescription and the supplement don't interact negatively inside your body.

Christina Lusby, Reports.