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High blood pressure is a “silent killer,” producing no symptoms in most victims, while causing severe and often irreversible damage to blood vessels and the major organs they serve.39
A recent study supports what Life Extension has been saying for decades: that ideal systolic blood pressure targets should be under 120 mmHg—far below the 140 mmHg target maintained by mainstream medicine.
Natural compounds have been identified that work in similar ways as two classes of antihypertensive drugs—while also providing nighttime blood pressure relief.
The flavonoids quercetin, myricitrin, and myricetin bind to angiotensin receptors, preventing a rise in blood pressure. Stevioside blocks calcium channels in arterial wall smooth muscle, allowing vessels to relax and reducing blood pressure. And melatonin, only in time-release form, eases nighttime blood pressure to complete the cycle of protection.
These natural compounds can form part of the plan for everyone with systolic blood pressure readings of 120 mmHg or higher.
FACTS ABOUT HYPERTENSION
Elevated blood pressure (hypertension) has long been known as the “silent killer,” because it produces no symptoms at all in the vast majority of victims, while causing severe and often irreversible damage to blood vessels and the major organs they serve.
About 70 million Americans have blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or above, which defines hypertensionaccording to mainstream medicine.40,41
Even more American adults, about 1 in 3, have so-called “prehypertension,” which is clinically defined as blood pressure between 120/80 mmHg and 139/89 mmHg.40-42
Sadly, despite the known risks, only about half of those with high blood pressure have their condition under control even by the standard definitions of hypertension.39 Given that estimates of “prehypertension” range from 25% to 50% of the population, 43 the real number of people with dangerously high blood pressure is probably much higher.
All of this means two things: In addition to getting regular blood pressure measurements, it is critical to get systolic blood pressure down to less than 120 mmHg, optimally at 115/75 mmHg.
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