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Quest Vitamins LTD,
8 Venture Way,
Aston Science Park,
Birmingham,
B7 4AP.

Tel: 0121 359 0056
Fax: 0121 359 0313
Email: info@questvitamins.co.uk
Registered in England No. 2530437

Hypertension

DESCRIPTION

Caused by a wide variety of factors, hypertension (high blood pressure) can cause severe heart damage if left untreated. Generally, hypertension causes the heart to work harder, thereby wearing it out faster.

While some forms of hypertension are genetic, high blood pressure is most often the result of Stress, and a high-fat, high-Sodium diet. Coffee consumption, Smoking, drinking alcohol, and lack of exercise also contribute to hypertension. Studies have shown that overweight individuals also carry higher risks of heart damage due to high blood pressure.

Hypertensive heart disease eventually causes death from congestive heart failure or coronary artery disease, or complications such as cerebral haemorrhage and uraemia.

HERBS

Garlic (3)
Hawthorn (4)
Valerian (5)

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

Magnesium (1)
Vitamin A
Vitamin D (6)
Vitamin E (2)

REFERENCES

1. Yamamoto ME, Applegate WB, Klag MJ, et al. Lack of blood pressure effect with Calcium and Magnesium supplementation in adults with high-normal blood pressure: Results from phase I of the Trials of Hypertension Prevention (TOHP). Ann Epidemiol 5: 96-107, 1995.
2. Gey KF, et al. Inverse correlation between plasma Vitamin E and mortality from ischemic heart disease in cross-cultural epidemiology. Amer J Clin Nutr 1991; 53:326S-334S.
3. Silagy C, Neil AW. A meta-analysis of the effect of Garlic on blood pressure. J Hypertension 1994;12:463-68.
4. Uchida S, et al. Inhibitory effects of condensed tannins on angiotensin converting enzyme. Jap J Pharmacol 1987; 43:242-5.
5. Mennini T, et al. In vitro study on the interaction of extracts and pure compounds from Valeriana officinalis roots with GABA Benzodiazepine, and barbiturate receptors in rat brain. Fitoterapia 1993; 54(4):291-300.
6. Lind L, et al: Vitamin D is related to blood pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors in middle-aged men, American Journal of Hypertension, 8(9), Sept 1995, p 894-901.

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