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Have hypertension and on medication. Will beet juice lower it? How much to drink?

I have extremely high and erratic systolic hypertension and am on medications. I would like to drink beet juice to help lower it and maybe discard some of my meds. How much can I drink daily and is it diluted or is it straight juice. I have tried to get this info on line but all the feedback is for people not on medication. ps I am 66 but have no other illnesses
Asked On : Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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Thanks for your concerns. There have not been trials to test the efficacy of this natural remedy to lower high blood pressure,there is no way to predict the absorbtion and how you would react as. In contrast, there are many randomized medication trials of effectiveness. . There are medications of medications for high blood pressure.

We know for a fact that the ones associated with less blood pressure variability are calcium channel blockers (like amlodipine, nifedipine, nicardipine) and diuretics (like chlorthalidone, hydrochlorothiazide, triamterene, furosemide, etc). The ones that are associated with highest variability are beta blockers and angiotensin enzyme inhibitor (lisinopril, enalapril, etc).

If you are over the age of 65 and have high blood pressure, and are not on a calcium channel blocker... it would be less than ideal if you have no contraindication for these medications.

Hope this is helpful, wish you the best health, remember, blood pressure control is the best insurance against stroke!

Dr Brenes Salazar
Mayo Clinic Rochester
Answered: Fri, 26 Apr 2013
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