Long-term use of commonly used blood pressure medications increase your risk of ovarian cancer, breast cancer and skin cancer.
These cancer concerns started back when the prestigious journal Lancet Oncology found that people who took blood pressure meds had a significantly increased risk of new cancers occurring.
The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that discovered women who had been taking calcium channel blockers for 10 years increased their risk of developing breast cancer by 2.5 times.
A study at Kaiser Permanente in California Shows that some antihypertensive drugs makes one very sensitive to sunlight. Nifedipine (calcium channel blockers) and hydrochlorothiazide (diuretics) are associated with cancer of the epithelial cells known as squamous cells that are the main part of the outermost layer of the lips and skin.
Now we have to worry about lip cancer?
If that’s what you have to deal with to take blood pressure medications, thanks but no thanks.
If you really want to lower blood pressure, here’s something you need to know.
Clear the calcium from your arteries and your blood pressure will drop.
The diameter of veins and arteries affects the amount of pressure blood must exert to pass through. A larger opening requires less pressure. But when blood vessels become lined with layers of calcium deposits, blood has to squeeze through narrowed pathways and blood pressure soars.
The natural way to flush these deposits is by increasing your intake of a form of vitamin K called K2.
K2’s ability to protect us from heart disease has been clearly established. Some researchers even have redefined heart disease as largely a deficiency of vitamin K2.
- Vitamin K2 works with vitamin D to increase Matrix GLA Protein, the protein responsible for protecting our blood vessels from calcium buildup.
- K2 also directs calcium to the skeleton while preventing it from being deposited where it is not needed, i.e. your arteries.
- Vitamin K2 activates a protein hormone called osteocalcin produced by bone cells called osteoblasts. This hormone is needed to bind calcium into the matrix of the bone. At the same time, osteocalcin appears to help prevent calcium from depositing into the arteries.
Most K2 supplements are in the form of MK7. MK7 is extracted from nattokinase, which comes from the Japanese fermented soy product called natto. Remember that this is not processed soy, and not ALL soy is bad. So if you would like, you can get loads of MK7 (K2) by consuming natto, which is relatively inexpensive.
To supplement with vitamin K2, you need more than the 20-40 mcg you might get in a good multivitamin, or even an average K2 capsule. You need around 180 mcg a day to increase arterial elasticity and get rid of arterial calcium.