High blood pressure tends to run in families, so if you have a close relative with this condition you’re at an increased risk too — especially if they developed high blood pressure at a young age (under 60).
If you have a family history of high blood pressure, you should take steps now to lower your risk. Don’t wait until you receive a diagnosis (in fact, even if you have no symptoms you could already have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, or pre-hypertension). Hypertension is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ for this very reason — it often kills without warning and many who have it do not realize that they do.
Preventing High Blood Pressure: What to Do
High blood pressure is incredibly common, impacting about one in three U.S. adults.[i] Virtually everyone reading this should take the steps below to keep their blood pressure healthy, but if you have a family history this is especially important.
If left untreated (like when you have it and don’t know it) high blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. Lowering your risk, and controlling high blood pressure if you have it, is achievable by:[ii]
- Eating right: Your diet should emphasize whole foods like fruits and vegetables, healthful fats and high-quality sources of protein.
- Watching your salt: Look out for excess sodium, especially in processed foods.
- Maintaining a healthy weight: Losing even five pounds if you’re overweight may help you lower your blood pressure.
- Exercising: Physical activity helps control your weight and lowers your blood pressure.
- Limiting alcohol: Excess alcohol can raise your blood pressure.
- Avoiding smoking: Smoking will only further injure your blood vessel walls and encourage hardening of your arteries.
- Managing stress: Stress will not do your blood pressure any favors. Try meditation, deep breathing, massages, proper sleep and getting outdoors for relaxation.
Have You Heard About L-Arginine (Nitric Oxide) for Healthy Blood Pressure?
L’arginine is an amino acid that is converted in your body into nitric oxide (NO), a powerful neurotransmitter that increases blood circulation and helps blood vessels relax. It also acts as a vasodilator, helping treat the symptoms of high blood pressure.
Interestingly, research has shown that people with pre-hypertension (which means your blood pressure is high but not quite high enough to be diagnosed as high blood pressure) may have an impaired ability to make nitric oxide.[iii] Because they can’t make nitric oxide as efficiently, this may be the reason why some people develop high blood pressure while others don’t.
Even more interestingly, eating 30 grams of dark chocolate a day has been shown to effectively increase levels of nitric oxide in people with pre-hypertension — to the extent that it lowered their systolic blood pressure in just 15 days![iv]
Further, in an analysis of 11 studies on the effects of l’arginine on blood pressure, it was concluded that l’arginine can significantly lower systolic blood pressure by 5.39 mm/Hg and diastolic by 2.66 mm/Hg.[v] It can also help treat other conditions associated with poor heart function or low blood circulation, like atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries), angina, heart disease and heart failure.
Foods from animals, including meats and products, all contain l-arginine, as do plant foods like nuts, oatmeal and chickpeas (and dark chocolate …).
L’Arginine Plus 6 Other Fat-Busting HGH Precursors
In addition to its blood pressure benefits, l’arginine also stimulates the release of human growth hormone (HGH). This is why you can also find l’arginine in ThinMist. HGH is a potential “fountain of youth” that may help you burn body fat while increasing lean muscle mass, reducing wrinkles, boosting your energy levels and mood, and essentially making you feel (and look) years younger.
When older men received HGH injections for six months they not only lost body fat (and increased lean muscle mass) but the also had improvements in their blood pressure.[vi]
The point is, if you’re considering l’arginine for blood pressure support, why not take it in a form that offers several other benefits too (namely weight loss and stopping your food cravings)? This is what you get with ThinMist — a source of high-quality l’arginine (in an easy-to-use spray) plus six other natural substances to stimulate your body’s natural HGH production and even more to help you kick your cravings and boost your energy.
Delivered as a potent, bioavailable oral spray, the amino acids are delivered to your bloodstream in a remarkable 23 seconds!
Written By: Updated: February 24,2014