Below you'll find detailed descriptions about the ingredients utilized in Blood Pressure Optimizer™ - exactly HOW it works & WHY it's better than other products. To get started, simply click on the ingredients below and a detailed description will appear under it.
Grape seed extract is well-known in the health community to be an antioxidant which prevents nerve damage and cardiovascular diseases. It can also significantly lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels. The health benefits of grape seed are already generally accepted by the public. This is proven by the numerous grape seed extract supplements you can find in the market.
What is not usually known is that there are 2 factors that play important roles when choosing which kind of grape seed extract is best:
These two factors will determine whether you fully absorb, utilize and get the full benefits of the grape seed extract you are ingesting. It is useless to ingest grape seed extract that will only be thrown away by your body or only partially absorbed.
The "absorption" factor was a big reason we selected the MegaNatural-BP version, over the regular grape seed extracts. But, there are additional benefits:
MegaNatural-BP Grape Seed Extract is made from a special blend of California grown, Non-GMO red and white varietal grape seeds. This DUAL blend is rich in flavonoids and polyphenols that naturally increase blood vessel dilation to promote healthy blood pressure.
MegaNatural-BP is extracted using a patented, solvent-free water extraction process which yields a low molecular weight product., which further improve delivery to your cells.
All of this means nothing, unless it's also backed by science.
Two placebo-controlled human clinical trials conducted by researchers at the Department of Preventive Cardiology, University of California Davis School of Medicine, have found that MegaNatural-BP supports blood pressure within the normal range. No other grape seed extract can say the same, since MegaNatural-BP has a unique structure and composition.10
You may see the results of the clinical studies in the below chart, but one thing to keep in mind is that Blood Pressure Optimizer™ uses the MAXIMUM clinically proven dosage of 300 mgs of MegaNatural-BP.11,12
THIS is why our product has continually seen positive results in both clinical and real-world results.
Hawthorn is a thorny shrub under the rose family. Its flowers bloom in May and after the flowers come its small berries. Hawthorn berries contain a wide range of flavonoids, which are excellent antioxidants with anti-inflammatory benefits.
Extensive research demonstrates that Hawthorn Berry extract delivers optimum support for normal heart muscle function, coronary artery health and blood pressure support. This extract helps support
Hawthorn is even shown to help reduce levels of blood fats and aid in preventing the buildup of fatty deposits in arteries in a study published in 2009.18
Hawthorn preparations are popular in Europe for the treatment of high or low blood pressure, tachycardia (fast heartbeat) or arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat). It relaxes the heart muscles, while rejuvenating it.
One additional (and major) benefit is that it also helps regulate your body's stress response, including tempering Cortisol levels, to support normal blood pressure.13,14
This is exciting news because, for the first time ever, you can address the psychological side of blood pressure, which has long been a missing link in supplement formulas.
The minimum effective dose for treating congestive heart failure with hawthorn is suggested to be standardized extract 300 mg daily, and maximum benefit appears after 6 to 8 weeks of use.16
Blood Pressure Optimizer™ utilizes English Hawthorne at the maximum extract (standardized to 3.2% vitexin-2-rhamnosides and 2% flavonoids) at the correct clinically proven dosage of 900 mgs daily16.
NO other supplement formula on the market contains this maximum and clinically proven dosage. THIS is why our product has continually seen positive results in both clinical and real-world results.
Magnesium (Mg) is a not-so-celebrated mineral and yet it is essential for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body. Our bodies need it for maintaining energy levels, for muscle relaxation and for keeping healthy functions of our heart and blood vessels.
It is also a natural blood thinner and therefore is believed to prevent strokes and heart attacks.21
If you know someone with high blood pressure, you might find that his doctor has given him calcium channel blocker medications. These are medicines which relax and widen blood vessels, therefore allowing the blood to flow through the blood vessels smoothly, lowering blood pressure.
The good news is that magnesium acts like a calcium channel blocker, easing blood vessel flow and lowering blood pressure – naturally, without any synthetic drugs.
It was found in a study of more than 8,500 people that a higher intake of magnesium may decrease the risk of high blood pressure.22
Because of the extreme importance of this vital mineral, Blood Flow Optimizer™ utilizes 4 specific forms for maximum absorption and tolerance, based on clinical studies.
Celery is a simple food with a complex chemical makeup. Studies show that celery seed components produce a relaxing, dilating effect that lowers blood pressure.
This appears to occur, at least in part, by blocking or antagonizing the flow of calcium into muscle cells lining blood vessels—similar to the action performed by calcium channel blocking drugs, but without the negative drug side-effects.24,25
One key blood pressure-lowering compound in celery seeds has the technical name of L-3-n-butylphthalide, abbreviated as 3nB.26,27
3nB has been used in a number of studies for the management of vascular diseases in the brain, such as stroke and vascular dementia.26,28,29 And even now, a synthetic form of 3nB is being developed as a drug for the treatment of cerebral ischemic stroke and mild cognitive impairment as well as for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease—all of which have components of abnormalities in blood flow.26,30-33
Animal and lab studies reveal that 3nB-rich extracts of celery seeds produce blood pressure reductions of up to 38 mm Hg in hypertensive rats.27 Animal studies also demonstrate that celery seed extract has no significant toxic effects even at very high doses.34
A human study demonstrating the effectiveness of a celery seed extract standardized to 85% 3nB recently appeared in the Natural Medicine Journal.9 For the study, 30 middle-aged patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension took 75 mg doses of a celery seed extract twice daily for six weeks.
To obtain an equivalent amount of 3nB, one would have to consume approximately 530 stalks (nearly 50 pounds) of celery.30,31
[NOTE: Blood Pressure Optimizer™ uses TWICE this clinical dosage to assure fast and safe results!]
Mean blood pressures at baseline were 139.4/85.4 mm Hg. At three weeks, they fell to 134.8/80.9, and at six weeks they fell to 131.2/76.9. This represents total drops of 8.2 mm Hg systolic and 8.5 diastolic from baseline.
Of great importance, while pharmacological calcium channel blockers and ACE inhibitors are known to reduce blood flow to the brain—which can leave patients feeling tired, depressed, dizzy, or forgetful—celery seed extracts rich in 3nB appear to improve brain blood flow, prevent stroke, and may protect brain cells and enhance their energy consumption.30,33,35
Blood Pressure Optimizer™ utilizes a clinically proven dosage that's TWICE as strong, which would be the equivalent of eating over 100+ pounds of celery, daily.
This amazing fruit not only tastes good but has a multitude of health benefits that can help you lower your blood pressure and ensure the health of your heart and arteries.
A compound found only in pomegranates is called punicalagin. It has been shown to offer benefits for the heart and blood vessels. Punicalagin is responsible for pomegranate's antioxidant and health benefits. It not only lowers blood pressure and increases the speed at which heart blockages caused by atherosclerosis are removed, it also lowers bad cholesterol.
Studies have been done on patients with severe carotid artery blockages. They were given an ounce of pomegranate juice each day for a year. Amazingly, the patient's blood pressure lowered by 12%, and there was a 30% reduction in atherosclerotic plaque, meaning the arteries were cleared23.
More studies have shown that potent antioxidant compounds found in pomegranates reduce platelet aggregation and naturally lower blood pressure, factors that prevent both heart attacks and strokes24
In addition to its powerful blood pressure lowering effects and the benefits for arterial health, pomegranate extracts are currently being studied for additional benefits, including treatment for: erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer, symptoms of diabetes, brain injury, kidney disease, osteoporosis and pregnancy complications.25
Blood Pressure Optimizer™ uses the highest 5:1 extract, which means improved potency without the calories. Non-GMO and organic.
Recent studies have demonstrated that an amino acid called Arginine has multiple health effects. Arginine is an amino acid found in foods containing protein, and is part of the essential human diet. However, normal nutritional amounts of arginine are too small to initiate the potential health effects of arginine.
Studies have shown that arginine supplementation has the effect of lowering blood pressure in individuals affected with hypertension as well as preventing high blood pressure in normal individuals or individuals with hypertension risks.36,37
Additionally it has been shown to affect blood cholesterol content, lowering it in patient with increased cholesterol36. This additionally lowers the risk for cardiovascular disease and helps keep up the health of the arteries.
So how does arginine work its wonders? The answer lies in its ability to produce nitric oxide (NO), a simple gas made up of nitrogen and oxygen that performs some amazing feats in the human body.
Nitric oxide penetrates and crosses the membranes of almost all cells in the body, and it helps regulate many cellular functions. It is even involved in memory function.
In blood vessels, NO is vitally important because it regulates the tone of the endothelium, the layer of smooth cells that line the inside of the vessels. If these endothelial cells become dysfunctional, they can cause spasms or constrictions of the blood vessels that can then lead to hypertension.
Arginine Alpha Keto-glutarate is a form of arginine we use in Blood Pressure Optimizer™ because it's much more potent than regular L-Arginine and thus, less is required.
In this special form, the absorption of arginine is maximized and its bioavailability increased. This ensures that the maximum health effects are achieved.
Lycopene is a substance normally found in tomato seeds. Studies have shown it has a very beneficial effect for human health, being able to help lower blood pressure as well as operating as an antioxidants, preventing damage done by free radicals, especially to arteries and blood vessels.34
Ingesting Lycopene can help protect against cardiovascular disease, as well as increase general health.35 Lycopene has also been demonstrated to be able to lower blood cholesterol, adding to the beneficial effect it has on cardiovascular health.34
A crossover study of 31 patients with stage 1 hypertension taking a Lycopene-enriched tomato 5% extract for 8 weeks demonstrated significant reductions in blood pressure (-10/-4 mmHg), while no changes in blood pressure were observed during the placebo period.
Thiobarbituric acid–reactive substances (TBARS), a marker oxidative stress, also decreased during the test period (Engelhard 2006).
Eating tomatoes usually does not break open the seeds, so the Lycopene naturally found in tomatoes is not very useful for human health. Not to mention, you'd also have to eat many pounds of tomatoes daily to absorb the required amount of Lycopene that's clinically proven to lower blood pressure.
Blood Flow Optimizer™ provides and easily accessible form of Lycopene and clinically research 5% extract. This helps the body absorb more of it for the required health and heart benefits.
Vitamin C is a multipurpose vitamin with many health benefits. Vitamin C supplementation is very often and numerous studies show the benefits of ingesting increased vitamin C levels.38
Among the many health benefits provided by vitamin C, studies have found it has a beneficial effect on regulating blood pressure.39,40 Vitamin C affects the bodies normal mechanism for lowering blood pressure, by working to increase the levels of nitric oxide, which in turn increases the diameter of blood vessels, lowering blood pressure.39 Vitamin C also has a protective effect as an antioxidant41, reducing damage done to the arterial walls.
Calcium Ascorbate is a compound of vitamin C bounded with calcium in order to reduce acidity, increase its bioavailability and help the body absorb it properly.
Potassium is an often addition in the diets of hypertension affected patients. A diet that includes natural sources of potassium is important in controlling blood pressure because potassium lessens the effects of sodium, and is often recommended for people with increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Eating salt raises the amount of sodium in your bloodstream, which impairs the balance of chemicals in your bloodstream, reducing the ability of your kidneys to remove excess water. This effects leads to an increased blood pressure.
Studies have shown that regular potassium intake significantly reduces blood pressure levels and helps excrete excess water, especially in people with a high sodium intake.42 Although potassium is a part of normal nutrition, supplementation has shown to be far more effective in helping reduce hypertension and cardiovascular disease risk.43
We utilized the Albion® Potassium Glycinate Complex to allow for increased absorption and bioavailability, enabling our users to get the most out of the beneficial effects potassium supplementation provides.
Vitamin B6 is one of the essential vitamins necessary for human health. The main role that vitamin B6 plays in the body, is to support the production of the neurotransmitters Serotonin and norepinephrine. This in turn transmits nerve signals through the body, including heart and blood pressure control.44
B-6 also helps your body use sugars, fats and proteins, and it is required for the proper growth and development of the brain, nerves, skin and many other parts of the body. This multiple effects on arteries and the muscle cells, is also linked with blood pressure levels and cardiovascular health, as well as blood sugar levels.
Vitamin B6 supplementation has been shown to be effective in lowering blood pressure, as well as preventing cardiovascular disease and Type II diabetes. Vitamin B6 deficiency has shown to be heavily associated with high blood pressure.45 Meaning that not getting enough of it through a diverse nutrition plan, can lead to developing high blood pressure.
Vitamin D is another essential nutrient we get from a diversified nutrition. Studies have shown that vitamin D supplementation beyond levels provided by nutrition, unlocks numerous health benefits.
Vitamin D receptors have a broad tissue distribution that includes vascular smooth muscle, endothelium, and cardiomyocytes - parts of the body that form the blood vessels and heart. A growing body of evidence suggests that vitamin D deficiency may adversely affect the cardiovascular system.
Vitamin D deficiency has shown to be associated with high blood pressure.46 It has been shown that increased Vitamin D levels reduce and regulate blood pressure, reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and help regulate certain hormones that affect cardiovascular health.47,48