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Natural Approach to High Blood Pressure
A diet high in antioxidants can help keep blood pressure in check, according to a recent study from the February 2011 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Analyzing data on 156,957 adults, the study's authors found that those with the highest intake of anthocyanins (a type of antioxidant found in a number of fruits) had an 8% reduced risk of high blood pressure.

America's #3 Most Popular Drug
The #3 most popular prescribed drug in 2009 according to Forbes Magazine (May, 2010):
Lisinopril (high blood pressure)-Over 80 million prescriptions.  The most common brand name for this drug is Prinivil or Zestril. 
We present this information for you if you find that you MUST take medication.  Now you can be aware of the do's and don'ts:
An uncommon yet potentially serious side effect of taking ACE inhibitors like Lisinopril is increased blood potassium levels. This problem is more likely to occur in people with advanced kidney disease.
Taking potassium supplements, potassium-containing salt substitutes (No Salt®, Morton Salt Substitute®, and others), or large amounts of high-potassium foods at the same time as ACE inhibitors could cause life-threatening problems.
SEVERE Side effects associated with taking Zestril include but are not limited to:
* Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the hands, eyes, mouth, face, lips, or tongue; hoarseness); chest pain; dark urine; decreased urination; difficulty swallowing; infection (eg, fever, chills, persistent sore throat); irregular or slow heartbeat; stomach pain (with or without nausea or vomiting); symptoms of low blood pressure (eg, fainting, severe dizziness, lightheadedness); yellowing of the skin or eyes.
The above is NOT a complete list of effects.
Stay tuned…more vital drug information...

The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…
Although most of the study participants in the Spotlight article at the top of the page got their anthocyanins from strawberries and blueberries, the healthy antioxidants are also available in tart cherries, bilberry, acai, chokeberry, and elderberry. In addition to possibly boosting heart health, anthocyanins have been found to strengthen the immune system and fight inflammation.
Let's add it up---toxic drug with HUGE side effects or a diet/lifestyle richer in fresh fruit…

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