Q. I have been dealing with high blood pressure for years. When I am under stress my blood pressure goes up to around 150.
My doctor has prescribed lots of different drugs with mixed results. Atenolol caused fatigue and depression. Amlodipine made me dizzy to the point I couldn’t function. Lisinopril caused a horrible cough. Now I am on Diovan with no problems, but I read recently that drugs like this are linked with cancer.
I am ready to try a more natural approach. I heard that beets can lower blood pressure. How effective are they and what else might help?
A. An article in Lancet Oncology (July, 2010) has raised questions about the safety of drugs like Atacand, Diovan and Micardis. The investigators analyzed many scientific studies and concluded that such drugs “are associated with a modestly increased risk of new cancer occurrence.” Drug regulators and clinicians don’t know what to make of this new information.
An article published in the journal Hypertension (online, June 30, 2010) suggests that about 8.5 ounces of beet juice can significantly lower systolic blood pressure. We are sending you our Guide to Blood Pressure Treatment with more information about beet and pomegranate juice plus other non-drug approaches to controlling hypertension.