Calcium deficiency can promote high blood pressure, research suggests. Findings demonstrate that women supplementing with at least 400 mg of calcium cut their stroke risk by a third (the benefit maxes out at 600 mg).
Green leafy vegetables, fortified tofu, and low-fat cheese and milk
1,000 mg/day plus 400 IU of vitamin D to aid absorption
Don’t exceed 2,000 mg maximum daily.
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Studies show that garlic powder supplement reduces arterial plaque buildup and blood pressure, lowers LDL, and raises HDL.
4,000 mcg allicin (the active ingredient in garlic)/day
High doses may cause gastrointestinal upset.
Maintains proper smooth muscle function in blood vessels and facilitates potassium and sodium transport; helps treat high blood pressure.
Green leafy vegetables, seeds (especially pumpkin), nuts, figs, dates, and seafood
Must be used with caution in patients with renal insufficiency because it can accumulate in the body; check with your doctor first.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Reduce blood pressure, blood clotting potential, and triglycerides.
Fish, nuts, flaxseed, hempseed, and soy products
Avoid fish with high mercury levels, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish.
Can help to mildly reduce blood pressure. Some findings indicate that dietary potassium can reduce stroke risk, though potassium supplements have not been shown to reduce the incidence of stroke.