Hypertension

Hypertension is an abnormally elevated blood pressure that is harmful for various organ systems. It is defined as two or more recordings of elevated blood pressure greater than 140/90 mm of mercury in adults.

The risk factors for development of hypertension include old age, obesity, lack of exercise, family history of hypertension, high salt intake, tobacco smoking, excess alcohol consumption, oxidative stress, hypercholesterolemia and diabetes mellitus. Hypertension is either primary (more than 90%) where the exact cause is not known or is secondary hypertension that occurs due to underlying cause like chronic kidney disease, endocrine disease like Cushing?s syndrome, drug induced due to NSAIDs, steroids and oral contraceptive pills and use of cocaine or nicotine. There are more than 74.5 million adults in US with hypertension.

In many countries about 50% of population above age of 60 years have hypertension. Some people may be asymptomatic though usually hypertension results in severe headache, nausea and vomiting. A sudden rise in blood pressure may result in confusion, dimness of vision and seizures. Hypertension is a risk factor for heart disease, atherosclerosis and stroke.

The aim of treatment is to keep the blood pressure under control, especially during stress. Over a long term it helps in prevention of complications associated with organ damage involving eyes, kidneys and cardiovascular system. A sudden reduction of blood pressure may be harmful and thus approach for gradual decrease is more desired.

 

Recommended USANA Support for Hypertension

CellSentials has plenty of components that help in the antioxidant needs of the body. For hypertension specific components have shown positive effects in helping to improve the condition. Alpha linoleic acid helps in maintaining normal heart rhythm, heart pump and reduces probability of blood clots. Folic acid and other vitamin B-complexes have shown to reduce homocysteine levels in the blood, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Vitamin C and E both powerful antioxidants found to reduce fat deposition in the arteries that lead to high blood pressure. Combined bioflavonoid components like quercetin, hesperidin, olive extract and others have good anti-inflammatory effects that help in preventing plaque formation in the arteries, lowers bad cholesterol and eventually lowers blood pressure.
Proflavanol aside from providing vitamin C, also provides for the additional bioflavonoids from grape seed that are known to have anti-inflammatory effects.
DHA and EPA in BiOmega, provide for higher levels of good cholesterol in the body which helps in the inflammatory immune response and the aggregation of platelets, which consequently reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. When coupled with vitamin E, they produce a synergistic effect on preventing factors leading to hypertension.
Coquinone 30 provides not for energy production but also anti oxidation to protect the heart and helps in regulating proper heartbeat. Higher levels of this supplement is needed for those patients taking simvastatin, as cholesterol lowering drugs decreases coenzyme q10 levels in the body.
Adding MagneCal D, provides for calcium and magnesium levels in the body that have been found to help in hypertension.
Usually, individuals that are afflicted with high blood pressures are either overweight or obese. Maintaining the right weight and right eating habits not only improves overall health but also help in controlling hypertension and other heart related condition. Kick start with Nutrimeal and the Reset 5-day program.

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