Adverse consequences of chronic hypertension may include:
Retinal vascular damage. Blood vessels in the eye may burst and bleed, sometimes resulting in blindness.
Cerebrovascular disease and stroke due to “hardening” or damage to the blood vessels in your brain.
Left ventricular hypertrophy (enlarged heart), possibly leading to heart failure.
Myocardial infarction (heart attack).
Aneurysm (a weakened area in a blood vessel). Rupture of an aneurysm can lead to a stroke or death.
Renovascular disease. Blood vessels in the kidney may narrow or block completely, ultimately leading to kidney failure.
Olive Leaf Extract
People have used the leaves of the olive tree medicinally for thousands
of years. The most remarkable compound in olive leaf extract is
oleuropein. It was noted that this compound lowers blood pressure by
widening the blood vessels.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract contains a high percentage of oligomeric
proanthocyanidins (OPCs). OPCs are flavonoids and potent antioxidants
that promote blood vessel strength, eye health, and naturally support
blood vessel dilation. OPC’s were also found to lower blood pressure and
Nitric Oxide (N-O) is essential and tied to most of the body’s major
physiological systems. It relaxes and dilates blood vessels. Beetroot
powder has been explored as an alternative because of its nitrate
content and powerful effects on blood pressure, which is a major
contributing risk for kidney disease.
Alpha-linolenic acid is thought to play a key role in flaxseed’s effects
on blood pressure. The fiber in flaxseed may also help reduce blood
pressure. Evidence shows fiber intake may help fight high blood pressure
by protecting against endothelial dysfunction (abnormalities in cells
lining the blood vessels).
Scientists have focused on Vitamin C’s potential role in blood pressure
reduction because of its biological and physiological effects. Vitamin C
may act as a diuretic, causing the kidneys to remove sodium and water
from the body. This helps relax the blood vessel walls, thereby lowering
Individuals who experience reduced levels of Vitamin B12 also tend to
have elevated homocysteine levels. Elevated levels of homocysteine are
associated with heart disease, stroke, and hypertension. You can reduce
your potential for increased homocysteine levels by getting enough