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Can Vitamin B Help You Manage Your High Blood Pressure?

Garlic contains different vitamins such as vitamins B and C that are required by the body to remain healthy and strong. Clinical studies have found that Vitamin B12 is considered to be one vitamin which is beneficial in lowering blood pressure. Unfortunately, B 12 isn’t one of the B vitamins within garlic. However, some believe foods which contain a particular substance known as inluins - such as garlic - help to stimulate the growth of specific bacteria known as lactobacillus in the colon. These bacteria produce B12 and may supply the body with some of the vitamin.

How does Vitamin B12 help reduce blood pressure? Vitamin B12, contains cobalt, and is referred to as a cobalamin, playing an essential role in the formation of red blood cells. It is believed to help lower blood pressure by helping blood vessels relax, improve circulation, and by lowering homocysteine levels.

Homocysteine is an amino acid that exists in the blood. It is a toxic waste product that is created during cellular metabolism. If the levels of homocysteine become too high (which could be related to a poor diet or genetics), researchers believe it may damage the inner lining of arteries and encourage blood clots. Elevated homocysteine is also connected to a higher risk of stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and coronary heart disease.

How can you take vitamin B12? Vitamin B12 is predominantly found dairy products, eggs, fish, beef, pork and organ meats (especially kidney and liver). Some foods many foods are also fortified with it including breads and cereal products (check the label).

Usually, people who follow a non vegetarian diet will get plenty of B12 in thier diet, but those following a vegetarian diet are likey to need to fortify their diets and require supplements. However, approximately 10-30% of elderly people (65 years and older) may not be able to properly absorb Vitamin B12 from food and will require supplements.

For those who are interested in taking supplements, vitamin B12 can be found as an individual supplement, and often a part of a multivitamin. Supplements are usually in the form of a tablet or capsule and are taken daily. Before taking supplements you should read all of the product instructions and talk to your doctor about the recommended dose for treating your high blood pressure.

Is vitamin B12 safe? Vitamin B12 is usually safe and non-toxic when the recommended amount is ingested. In addition, you should never take any single B complex vitamin by itself for a prolonged period of time, as this can cause an imbalance among other essential B vitamins your body requires.

Thus, when taking B 12 supplements for managing blood pressure, you should be supervised by your health care provider.

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2 Responses to “Can Vitamin B Help You Manage Your High Blood Pressure?”

  1. Christine Says:

    Hi Paul
    I have hypertension and was wondering if you have heard about a hypertension patch you wear on your feet at night. It is currently available in China and made of herbs so a natural product, but is not for sale in UK as yet. I would be interested to know if any of your people you are in contact with have come across this and perhaps tried it.
    Reqards
    C Moules

  2. Paul Says:

    I’ve had a look at these patches - you can read about them here: http://www.cecf.com.cn/web/en/info/tradelead/detailTradeLead.do?tradeLeadId=22658564&entIdStr=22655111
    (it takes a long time to open). I don’t know of anyone who’s tried them or anything about their effectiveness I’m afraid. Would love to hear from someone with experience with these patches.

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