Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Although diet and exercise are the best tactics to lower your blood pressure, some supplements also may help decrease it. These include:

  • Alpha-linolenic acid
  • Blond psyllium
  • Calcium
  • Cocoa
  • Cod-liver oil
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Garlic

While it's best to include these supplements in your diet as foods, you can also take supplement pills or capsules. Talk to your doctor before adding any of these supplements to your blood pressure treatment. Some supplements can interact with medications, causing harmful side effects, such as an increased bleeding risk that could be fatal.

You can also practice relaxation techniques, such as yoga or deep breathing, to help you relax and reduce your stress level. These practices can temporarily reduce your blood pressure.

Aug. 03, 2012