Supplements to NOT Take When Dealing with High Blood Pressure

Supplements to NOT Take When Dealing with High Blood Pressure

When it comes to managing your high blood pressure, there is so much to take into consideration to make sure you are staying healthy and keeping your blood pressure levels under control. This, of course, includes maintaining a healthy lifestyle. While many people take natural supplements to keep their bodies as healthy and as balanced as possible, even natural supplements can have some risks and may even interfere with your blood pressure medication.

With this in mind, there are a few supplements that any person taking blood pressure medication should avoid. This includes the following.

Bitter Orange- This is one supplement that is used in many weight-loss products. It is thought to be an alternative to Ephedra (which should also be avoided).  Ephedra has now been banned in the United States. However, just because Bitter Orange isn’t banned, it doesn’t mean that it is safe, especially for those who have high blood pressure and other cardiovascular concerns. Bitter orange can increase your heart rate and blood pressure and some studies have linked it to heart attacks and strokes.

Echinacea- This supplement is known for helping with cold and flu symptoms and while it is effective for many, it can impact the way your body metabolizes different medications. Keeping your blood pressure under control with your prescription is important, so avoiding this supplement is a safe bet.

Ginseng- Certain studies have suggested that ginseng can raise or low blood pressure. While many love this supplement for its ability to boost the immune system, lower blood sugar, and even fight-off fatigue, its impact on blood pressure is not worth the risk.

St. John’s Wort- This popular supplement is often used by those battling depression. However, St. John’s wort speeds up the way that your body metabolizes medications. It does this so quickly that it may cause your body to metabolize your blood pressure medication so fast that it loses its effectiveness and may result in higher blood pressure.

Yohimbine- This is a supplement was once a popular solution for those with erectile dysfunction. However, this supplement has started to decline in popularity due to the number of side effects that come with this supplement. One of these side effects is an increase in blood pressure.

Green Coffee Bean ExtractMade from unroasted coffee beans, green coffee bean extract may contain caffeine, which can interact with many prescription drugs. The caffeine may also raise blood pressure. To be safe ask you doctor before taking green coffee extract.

Garcinia Cambogia- Garcinia Cambogia (GC) is a staple in the weight loss industry but it can affect your blood pressure. Similar to caffeine, HCA can cause spikes in high blood pressure and an increase in heart rate. Also, when taken in conjunction with blood pressure medication, garcinia can weaken your prescription’s strength. Before starting a Garcinia Cambogia regimen, talk to your doctor about possible side effects.

While these supplements should all be avoided while you are taking blood pressure medication, there are still some natural supplements that can help you while you are on blood pressure medication. Consider adding fish oil and garlic to your routine to help boost your daily regimen.

For more information on staying healthy with your high blood pressure, or on supplements to avoid with high blood pressure, contact Continuum Internal Medicine at 817-617-8650 to schedule an appointment and learn more. You should always be aware of any potential reactions that your supplements could have on any of your prescription medications and speak with your doctor before starting a new supplement.

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