RELIEVING THE PRESSURE
Relieving the Pressure
By age 60, about six in ten Americans
have blood pressure high enough to treat
with drugs. Millions more have blood
pressure high enough to raise the risk of
heart attack or stroke. High blood
pressure can damage the blood vessels of
the heart, the brain, the eyes, and the
kidneys. It killed 33,000 people in 1990;
this does not include those who died due
to a stroke or heart attack caused by
high blood pressure.
Blood pressure is a measure of the
force of blood against the walls of the
arteries. It is read with two numbers,
systolic and diastolic, which are often
just referred to as "top and bottom." The
top number, systolic, measures blood
pressure when the heart is pumping out
blood. The bottom number, diastolic,
measures blood pressure between
heartbeats, that is, when the heart is
not pumping but is at rest.
What's Your Blood Pressure?
|130/85 to 139/89
|120/80 to 129/84
The usual cause of high blood pressure is
a persistent increase in resistance to
blood flow through the smaller branches
of the arteries, which carry blood from
the heart throughout the body. Why this
happens is unknown 95 percent of the
What to do
Eat the DASH "combination" diet: In
the recently completed DASH study
(Dietary Approaches to Stop
Hypertension), it was illustrated that
diet alone can lower blood pressure as
much as taking a drug. (New England
Journal of Medicine, 336:1117, 1997;
www.bwh.harvard.edu). The DASH diet,
which combines low total fat, saturated
fat, and cholesterol, with plenty of
fruits, vegetables, fiber, and some low-
fat dairy products, resulted in a 3.5/2.1
point blood pressure reduction in those
with average blood pressure, and an
11.4/5.5 point reduction in those with
high blood pressure.
Get potassium, magnesium, and
calcium: The aforementioned DASH study
combination diet resulted in 4,700 mg of
potassium, 500 mg of magnesium, and 1,240
mg of calcium per day. The control diet
had 1,700 mg, 500 mg, and 450 mg,
respectively. The best way to get these
minerals is through fruits and
vegetables. Previous trials with
individual supplements of these minerals
showed contradictory or negative results.
Cut the salt: Although there is
controversy, most experts maintain that
cutting salt does lower blood pressure.
Lose weight and exercise: There is
ample evidence that losing weight and
exercising affect blood pressure
positively. In the Trials of
Hypertension, and ongoing series of
trials looking at high blood pressure, an
18-month diet and exercise program
resulted in lower blood pressure. The
authors of one report on the study note
that the "weight reduction program was
shown to be an effective nonpharmacologic
intervention for reducing blood pressure
in overweight adults with high-normal
blood pressure." (Archives of Internal
Medicine, April 12, 1993.153:7)
Garlic: Garlic has many benefits,
one of which is maintaining blood
pressure. A specific type of garlic,
Allium ursinum, is proving to have
extraordinary effects in this regard.
Allium ursinum: What is it and what's the
Allium ursinum, also known as
alpine wild garlic, is a member of the
Lilaceae family. Other members of this
family include onions, leeks, and similar
By Dallas Clouatre, Ph.D.
A number of studies indicate that
Allium ursinum may lower blood pressure.
This is done through three mechanisms,
and A. ursinum is superior to regular
garlic in this respect.
The ajoenes and g-glutamyl peptides
in A. ursinum and regular garlic lead to
vasodilation due to hyperpolarization of
the membrane of vascular smooth muscle.
A. ursinum has twice the content of both
ajoenes and g-glutamyl peptides as
The g-glutamyl peptides also
inhibit the angiotensin converting enzyme
(ACE). ACE inhibition is known to reduce
elevated blood pressure levels. Finally,
adenosine acts as a vasodilator.
A. ursinum may have other health
benefits. Studies indicate that it may
have hypoglycemic and antioxidant
effects, as well as help lower lipid
Dallas Clouatre, Ph.D, is a well-
known researcher in natural products and
supplements. He is author of four books,
including Alpine Wild Garlic.
The article "Relieving the Pressure" is reproduced with the permission of AIM International
© 1997, 1998, 1999 by AIM International.
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