Blood Pressure, Hypertension & Cardiovascular Support | Dr. Crew Review

Blood Pressure, Hypertension & Cardiovascular Support | Dr. Crew Review


(cheerful music) – Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dr. Crew Review. My name is Dr. Alex Keller, and I’m here with my
colleague, Dr. Holly Lucille. And today we are talking about
blood pressure, hypertension, and cardiovascular support in general. So lots we can do with natural
substances, in this regard, but what’s going on with
hypertension in general nowadays? What are you seeing in your clinic? – I always think this is fascinating when we have this incredible body that adjusts and navigates so much. So I’m happy that my blood
pressure can elevate, right? – Yeah. When I exercise it’s really important. If I am stressed and
maybe running from a bear, it’s really important. If I need to shuttle oxygen and nutrients to different tissues at different times, it’s really important. But when it becomes elevated consistently for a long period of time, I think that’s when
people get into trouble, and that’s what I’m seeing
more and more in my practice, because that sets you up
for cardiovascular disease. It sets you up for risk factors for heart attacks and strokes. I think that things are informing it. You and I might sound like a
broken record on these things, but it’s diet, it is
lifestyle, it is stress, it is lack of exercise. That is all informing
chronic hypertension. – Absolutely, yeah. So generally speaking,
like you touched on, we see a lot of these
patterns across the board where the body is trying to do something in response to stress or something else that is stressing the system. – Which is kind of
life-saving, in a sense. – Right, yeah. But it’s the issue when you
have it at a chronic level. – Right. – So let’s break down
some of these ingredients and some of the products in general. When you’re looking at it from
a problematic perspective, let’s talk first about stress. So with stress, what’s
happening to the blood vessels? – Right, so we think about, really, truly think about
running from a bear. What do you need to have happen? You have to get going, right? So your blood pressure is gonna go up because we need more blood
to get to your extremities so you can run like the Dickens, right? So that’s what’s happening,
and if that doesn’t, then if the stress is not mitigated, and then that lovely
recovery period that we have, that we’re supposed to have,
after stressing events, then this elevated blood pressure continues to stay elevated. – Right, exactly. – And you’ve got hormonal
influences from that, epinephrine, norepinephrine, that are all
spiking that blood pressure. – Exactly, so if you are trying
to address the root cause, but it’s not necessarily working as well, we do have ways now that
we can increase or improve the vessel dilation of the vessels so you don’t have as much
of that chronic tension. – Right, so that constriction, exactly. – Yeah, so L-arginine
would be one ingredient that we could use in that regard. – [Dr. Keller] Perfect. – And what’s special about L-arginine? – Well, precursor to nitric oxide. So you’re gonna get that
vasodilation effect. – Exactly. So that’s a really big one. You know, another one that
most people don’t know is necessarily specific for heart, but is often used for muscle
relaxation is magnesium. How does magnesium work in this case? – Well, same thing. Magnesium for the smooth muscle, so of the vessels. You’re gonna get a
little bit of relaxation. What’s the number one
deficient mineral we have in across the board in the United States? – Generally we assume it’s magnesium. – [Dr. Keller] It’s magnesium, yeah. – Yep, yep. Some other ingredients,
or minerals, I should say we can consider is zinc,
vanadium, potassium, sodium, or non-sodium, I should say. Calcium. – Calcium. – Selenium, right. Do they all work in the same way? Are they are vaso relaxing? Or could they potentially also have just beneficial healing effects for us? – Of course. This is what I talk to my
patients about all the time. We have incredible
clinically-studied ingredients in natural products or supplements. But I teach them, that look, these nutrients that we talk about, like potassium, selenium,
all of those things you just rattled off, they’re
not just in these capsules and used for medicine purposes. They run our biochemistry. If you ever take a biochemistry class, you’re taking a nutrition class. We need these things to have appropriate cardiovascular system
running all across the board. That includes blood pressure regulation. So those nutrients and
nutrient depletion I would add is a contributing factor. So it’s the best way to
just recover those nutrients so you are working more
optimized as a human being. – Yeah, and when you’re
following a standard American diet often you
become nutrient-deficient in several minerals, which
can then contribute further to this kind of condition. – It’s amazing, but it happens. I see it more and more these days. – Another factor that we
see is blood viscosity. If your blood is thicker, than it becomes harder to push
through the blood vessels. – So your pressure’s gonna go up. – A big factor that affects viscosity aside from just basic hydration, is inflammation and oxidation. – That’s right. – So antioxidants become
a big component of that, and anything that helps to thin the blood. A good example of that might
be Omega-3 fatty acids. – Perfect. – This product here from Nordic Naturals, ProOmega CoQ10, again, we’re
going back to the CoQ10, that’s commonly used for heart health as an antioxidant, right? – Right. – So when you get a combination
of Omega-3 fatty acids and CoQ10 you get the benefit
of improving viscosity, but also supporting heart
health specifically. – Right, because that heart, those cells, I mean, and in each and
every cell of the body there is that precursor to ATP energy is Ubiquinone, or it’s ubiquitous. It’s everywhere, it’s in each cell. So really important to have that when we’re talking about
overall heart health. – Exactly, yep. Let’s jump into talking a little bit about some of the herbs, the botanicals, that we can use for heart health as well. Hawthorne is one that often
comes up, Crataegus, right? – Yes, been used for a
long, long, long time. – Yeah, the berries or the leaves are often used for heart conditions. – Or the whole plant. – Or the whole plant extract. Yeah, I actually recently discovered a few Hawthorne trees on my property. – That’s great. – They’re also absolutely beautiful. – Beautiful. – Yeah, lovely to see. So Hawthorne is an ingredient in several combination
products that you’ll find. This product, Cardioblend by Vitanica, or HTN Complex would contain Hawthorne. You also have another one, Rauwolfia. – Right, an Ayurvedic herb. – An Ayurvedic herb, exactly. Rauwolfia specifically helps,
again, with vasodilating of the cardiovasculature,
and with reducing the overall blood pressure. – Right, because you think about, I think the analogy that I come to is a hose with water, right? – Yeah. – If you put your thumb over
the opening of the hose, it causes some constriction there. You get what? A greater pressure of
the water coming out. I do that when I’m having to shoot water when I’m watering my
lawn all the way across. So I just kinda use it as a tip. But if that’s happening for
any reason in your body, Rauwolfia is a great example
of just being able to kinda, I would say, let those
vessels relax a little bit, and allow the pressure then
to subsequently decrease. – Speaking of Ayurvedic herbs, this is, again, another
area of botanical medicine that is not necessarily as
used or as commonly known in Western society, but is becoming much more commonly prescribed. – And the science is there. – And the science is
absolutely there, yeah. In this product by Metagenics,
Cardiogenics Intensive Care, and in Carditone by Ayush, you have another very key Ayurvedic herb called arjuna, or Terminalia arjuna, which is the lengthy form. There’s a lot of Indian
research around this in terms of lowering
blood pressure overall. – So this, well, magnesium
and then the Rauwolfia is in here as well, yeah. – Is in there as well, yep, exactly. Last thing, maybe to touch on is when you’re dealing
with cardiovascular health, another big component that
we always have to think about is oxidation and antioxidation. – Yeah, 100%. – Especially when there’s a
lot of stress on the system. So what are some things
that we can consider that are supportive for antioxidation? – Once again, the coenzyme Q10. Lipoic acid, I think,
would be really important. I mean, shoot, I get all
the way down into weeds of vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium. All of those things that help
reduce free radical stress. – Exactly, and B vitamins
are a good component of this as well? – Perfect. – And trimethylglycine would
be another one to consider. So you’ve got trimethylglycine
in this product by DaVinci Labs, which is Cardio Benefits. You’ve got, again, a
combination of B vitamins with vitamin K and vitamin D. Again, very good for vasodilation, magnesium, L-carnitine in there. – And potassium? – Yep, exactly. And then you’ve got, when you’re looking at
these combination products, most of them have vitamin C
and a complex of B vitamins as well for that oxidation. – It’s such an elaborate process, and it does require these
vitamins and minerals as cofactors to make all those bad chemical reactions happen. And if you’re deficient or
depleted in any of them, you’re gonna start, as we get older, especially in our modern day, coming across these
metrics like hypertension, high blood sugar, metabolic
syndrome, et cetera. So these are incredible
combination products that are gonna be
supportive across the board. – Yep, the key, again,
is just looking at it from a holistic perspective
and understanding that you have to look
at the blood vessels, the blood viscosity, and
the health of the heart and its tissues as well. – Right, and it goes
without saying that we are while we’re supporting the high pressure and decreasing risk for adverse events, we are working on diet and lifestyle. Because that’s the funny thing
about what we do, I think, is that, and I tell people this. It’s not really easy medicine. Here, take this, is easy medicine. – No, no. – Taking a beta blocker, what have you, for your hypertension
is pretty easy medicine. You go fill it, take it every morning, and that’s your health care. When we’re working on decreasing all the contributing factors, it’s tough for folks. So we’ve got to get skin in the game early and these are some great ways to do it when it comes to hypertension. – Absolutely, yep, great point. Well, that’s another episode
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