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franoob posted:
I've started taking 2 "garlic oil perles" along with my regular
meds (metoperol, lisinopril. nefedipine) and my pressure has dropped 25 points.
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Amelia_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi franoob,

I am glad that the garlic oil seems to be helping you to lower your high blood pressure! Some people also recommend olive oil as well.

Of course the DASH diet is another recommendation for keeping the pressure down. Here are some key points from the WebMD Hypertension/High Blood Pressure Health Center:

Key points:
  • Eating fewer processed foods, such as snack items, luncheon meats, and canned soups, will reduce the amount of sodium in your diet and help you lower your blood pressure.
  • A diet high in calcium , potassium , and magnesium may lower your blood pressure.
  • A diet high in sodium may cause high blood pressure.
  • To increase the potassium in your diet, fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of this nutrient. Dairy products are high in calcium and magnesium. DASH recommends that you eat 8 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables and 3 servings of low-fat dairy products each day.
  • Eating a diet low in both saturated fat and total fat will also help lower your blood pressure. Only 30% of your total calories should be from fat, with only 7% to 10% of your fat calories from saturated fat. Saturated fat is found in meats, cheeses, butter, poultry, snack foods, and other processed foods.
  • In general, vegetarian diets reduce blood pressure. The DASH diet could easily be a vegetarian diet if legumes were substituted for meat. Vegetarian diets tend to be higher in potassium, magnesium, and calcium, as is the DASH diet. Vegetarian diets also are higher in fiber and unsaturated fat than other diets.
  • Controlling your weight, increasing your physical activity, and reducing sodium in your diet will help reduce your blood pressure even more when combined with the DASH diet.
Best Wishes! Amelia
 
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4ourme replied to Amelia_WebMD_Staff's response:
so i can not eat any meat i have to eat nothing but friut if so what kind
 
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Emma_WebMD_Staff replied to 4ourme's response:
Hi 4ourme,

I think the recommendation was to try a vegetarian diet, but you don't have to follow that entirely. What I'd suggest is taking what you like to eat and trying to make it a bit more healthy for you. Certainly processed foods are easy to take out of your diet, because you can substitute most processed foods with a healthier choice. Eating more fruits and vegetables in general is a good idea as well. I don't think there has to be a certain type of fruit or vegetable. If you haven't already, you might see if your doctor would recommend a good dietician. They could help you go through what you'd like to eat and make it a bit healthier for you.

Good luck and come back and let us know how things are going!!
Emma


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