JUNE

 17

2019


HEALTH & PREVENTION

Hi Michael, I’ll try to help you to understand the Hawthorn extract that you asked last week and other related topics regarding your high blood pressure. And in this article, we will discover the ways to handle your blood pressure.

High blood pressure (BP) can be managed via a few ways. All these different ways lead to ONE outcome: to prevent the blood vessel from exploding, also known as stroke.

Ways to manage high BP:

[1] Medication

[2] Herbs Extract

[3] Supplement & Prevention

[1] Medication


Commonly asked question “medicines must take ah?”


If your BP cannot be controlled well, initially you will need to take it.

 

Note that BP medicines only have ONE major function: they are to relax your blood vessel, so that your blood vessel will be widen, thus bringing down your pressure inside the blood vessel.

BP medicines do have side effects. But you MUST remember, the damaging effect of stroke is far more severe than the side effect. Thus, think twice before you decide to stop the medication.

If you happen to stop taking the medicines either under doctor’s supervision or your own decision, remember to monitor your BP every day as many times as possible. The reason is because your BP can be affected by many factors such as stress, lack of sleep, diet, hormonal changes or postural changes..

[2] Herbal Extract


There are many herbal extracts that can help in high BP situation such as Gingko extract, Celery Seed extract, Garlic extract and Hawthorn berry extract.


We will be focusing more on Hawthorn Berry extract in this section.

The Best Form Of Preparation


Note that not all forms of preparations are effective after consumption. For example, drinking the juice of Hawthorn Berry will not give you the result. Eating the fruits will not give you the best result. Eating the dried fruit powder will also not be giving you the result. The only best form will be the standardized extract using English Hawthorn Berry, standardized to 3.2% vitexin-2-rhamnosides and 2% flavonoids, at the correct clinically proven dosage of 900mg daily (some articles recommended 300mg 3 times a day).

Mechanism Of Action


Hawthorn Berry extract is found to lower the blood pressure via 3 ways:

  1. Relaxes your blood vessels hence widen the diameter of your blood vessel.
  2. Regulate stress response, and reduces the stress hormone in your body, known as the cortisol hormone. Less stress less hypertensive risk.
  3. Acts as a natural ACE (angiotensin-converting-enzyme) inhibitor, which are drugs used to lower blood pressure. So you get all the benefits, without any of the drug side-effects.

Yet, One Big Problem Not Solved Yet

Remember, your blood vessel is like a balloon. It has the elastic property similar to that of the surface of balloon, and the capability of how far it can expand depends largely on the collagen and elastin in it.

Imagine: When BP is high, the blood vessel will be forced to expand. And if this happen constantly, the blood vessel will “crack” and “explode”.

Elasticity of your blood vessel matter the most in such situation. 5 main factors that cause your blood vessel to lose it’s elasticity will be:

  1. Ageing
  2. High Carbs
  3. Stress & Oxidative Stress
  4. Chronic Inflammation
  5. Incomplete Micronutrients

4 Reasons Why

Your Blood Vessels Loss Their Elasticity

Ageing

Research shows that when we reach 30 years old, we will lose 1% of collagen each year onwards.

High Carbs

Malaysian diet and culture practices >60% carbs in their daily food intake. High carbs food gave rise to two main problems: [1] over production of insulin that causes inflammation, and most damaging effect will be [2] the interaction between the sugar molecules and collagen molecules, forming an irreversible bonding and thus destroying the collagen. This process is known as “glycation” process.

Incomplete Micronutrients

Lacking micronutrients will cause your blood vessels to be malnutrition and thus losing its ability to retain or produce collagen and elastin.

Stress & Oxidative Stress

Stress and oxidative stress both cause the over-production of free radicals. These free radicals will damage the collagen. In another words, constant stress promotes premature ageing.

Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation process occurs when oxidative stress happens. Chronic inflammation heavily damage the surface of the blood vessels and thus leading to the breakage of collagen.

[3] Supplement & Prevention


DR

RAY D. STRAND

Specialist In Nutritional Medicine

“What your doctor doesn’t know about nutritional medicine may be killing you”

Nutrition Works Beyond Treatment

If you are a patient, don’t expect your physician to jump onto the bandwagon immediately. Vitamins are a hot issue within the medical field. What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know is, as I said, the outcome of more than seven years of personal research into the medical literature as it pertains to nutritional medicine. I wasn’t immediately convinced either. Nutritional medicine is foreign to most physicians as well as the public; this is true. But the verdict is in: what your doctor doesn’t know about nutritional medicine may be killing you. The good news is that you do not have to be a physician to start practicing nutritional medicine; you, the patient, can become proactive about preserving the health you have. – Dr. Ray D. Strand

500mg of Vitamin C is needed daily to protect the blood vessels.

2 Steps For Long Term Protection

Step 1: 500mg of vitamin C a day

500mg of vitamin C has been showed to reduce the risk of stroke. Vitamin C helps in strengthening the collagen and elastin that hold your blood vessels firmly and thus it enhances the elasticity of your blood vessel, making your blood vessels more durable.


“I can get my vitamin C from oranges?”


Yes, each orange contains only 50mg of vitamin C. It means you need to consume 10 oranges everyday. Thus it’ll be more cost effective if you invest in supplementary vitamin C.


Step 2: Replace your carbs with healthy fat

Healthy fats consist of Omega-3, 6, 9 and MCT (medium chain triglyceride). Not only healthy fats provide clean energy for the body, it curbs hunger and thus reducing your tendency to take carbs. Lesser carbs means lesser risk of collagen damage as well as other complication caused by excessive sugar.


“Can I take olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil and other good oils?”


Yes but you won’t be able to get the sufficient amount from them. Visit here for the solution of good oil.


Only managementprevention are keys of your health. Live healthily for the rest of your life is the result!

References


  1. Hawthorn In The Treatment Of Cardiovascular Disease – click here
  2. Hawthorn’s Active Ingredient – click here
  3. Hawthorn’s Overall Uses – click here
  4. Chronic Inflammation Of Ageing – click here
  5. The Telomere Effect (Review) – click here
  6. What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You (Review) – click here

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