Similar to the cholesterol issue, Dr. Mercola believes that with hypertension you need to treat the underlying cause of the disease – which involves insulin and leptin resistance – by optimizing your diet and replacing refined carbohydrates with plant-based carbs and healthy fats such as avocados, nuts and seeds.
In addition to a healthy diet, Dr. Mercola believes hypertension can be treated naturally, with a magnesium supplement and with bitter melon and olive leaf extracts, which are both rich in vitamin C and amino acids. There is also a strong link between caffeine and high blood pressure, so reducing your caffeine intake can help.
Dr. Oz’s Bottom Line:
- Olive leaf extract is shown in studies to help lower blood pressure.
- Bitter melon is used in African folk medicine, and there is evidence to support that it can lower blood sugar.
- 400 mg of magnesium is recommended as a first line of defense against high BP.
- The most important step, though, to lowering blood pressure is weight loss.
Dr. Mercola supports the theory that, in certain published studies, no significant clinical difference exists in taking SSRI antidepressants versus placebos. He feels that prescribing SSRI antidepressants takes away the focus of treating the underlying causes of the disease. Plus, there are too many serious side effects of SSRIs, including stroke, diabetes, a weakened immune system and an increased incidence of suicide.