First, lifestyle modification is important. If you’re overweight, losing weight is extremely important. Exercise is a natural remedy. If you exercise, your blood vessels grow. When you exercise, your muscle tissue grows, your fat composition goes down. Pound for pound, muscle has more blood flow. Therefore, you have more blood flowing to more tissue with more blood vessels. That brings your blood pressure down. So exercise.

Now what kind of nutritional supplements can you take? L-arginine is a perfect example of how you can lower your blood pressure. L-arginine is converted in your body to nitric oxide, a vasodilator. It brings your blood pressure down, but it’s also a food that contains a lot of nutrients that also produce nitric oxide.

Eat foods like red beet juice and kale salad. Kale is a natural green food that we should be consuming in higher quantity. They are converted in saliva in our body from sodium nitrate to nitrate to nitric oxide. Plant-based food plus supplements like L-arginine will definitely increase the amount of nitric oxide you have in your body and that will decrease your blood pressure.


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Dr. Siva Arunasalam

Affiliated With: Health Pax

Dr. Siva Arunasalam is the director of the High Desert Heart Institute and an Attending Cardiologist. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology and Certified by the Heart Rhythm Society for the...