ANTI-AGING: Supplement Helps Control High Blood Pressure

may-_2-aa.jpgAnti-aging supplements containing C-12 peptide have been shown to gently lower blood pressure without the side effects sometimes associated with pharmaceuticals.

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, now affects nearly one in three U.S. adults, according to the American Heart Association. Often dubbed ‘the silent killer’ because it has no symptoms itself, if left untreated it can lead to heart attack, heart failure, stroke or kidney failure. Commonly treated with drugs, hypertension has been shown to respond well to more natural solutions that have no side effects. One of these, C-12 peptide, has become one of the most popular anti-aging supplements for treating high blood pressure.

Blood pressure is the force needed to pump blood through your body. It is measured as two figures, systolic pressure when your heart contracts, and diastolic pressure when it relaxes. Normal, safe blood pressure is now considered to be around 120/80 or less, and anything over 140/90 is considered hypertension.

The number of Americans whose blood pressure is controlled to optimal levels is far lower than some official statistics suggest. Baylor College of Medicine reports that only 27% of Americans with hypertension are managing to keep it below 140/90. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women are at the greatest risk as they age, and are not controlling it effectively even with treatment plans designed by their doctors.

Conventional treatment for hypertension includes lifestyle modifications, such as lowering salt intake, exercise and losing weight, and various prescription drugs such as diuretics, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, and angiotensin II receptor antagonist drugs. ACE inhibitors decrease the activity of a potent vasoconstrictor, helping to maintain healthy blood flow and optimal blood pressure.

However, such drugs commonly cause one or more side-effects — headaches, dizziness, fainting, flushing, fatigue, nausea, drowsiness, dry mouth, loss of taste, dry cough, constipation, muscle pain, breathing difficulties, reduced kidney function and even heart failure — all becoming more likely as people age.

The good news is a natural ACE inhibitor has been found that lowers blood pressure with no side effects. Dr. Raymond Townsend of the University of Pennsylvania, a leading hypertension researcher, studied a natural agent known as C12 peptide derived from the milk protein casein. Dr. Townsend found that C12 peptide is a natural ACE inhibitor with significant blood pressure-lowering effects and zero side effects. It also appears that C-12 peptide can be safely combined with prescription drugs used for hypertension and other cardiovascular risk factors such as high cholesterol.

“It is still early in the scientific development of the C12 peptide,” Dr. Townsend said, “so it is recommended that persons taking other medications should consult with their physician first.”

If you haven’t had your blood pressure checked recently, it’s time you do. If it’s elevated, be sure to follow recommended life-style changes. And tell your doctor you’ve been reading about C-12 peptide, that it’s undergone strict clinical studies, and is available in anti-aging supplements that have no side effects at all.

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