Q:I’ve just recently had high readings on my blood pressure, now that I’m in my 40’s and pre-menopausal. I’ve recently added CoQ10, fish oil and coral calcium to my regular vitamin supplements each day. I’ve been taking all of it for several months now. I can’t tell if it’s doing me any good or not. Vitamins are extremely expensive and I hate to spend the money if they aren’t doing anything to protect or improve my health. I even worry they could be working against me somehow. I am not on any other medications. Any advice?
A:You should try eating foods that will provide you with the necessary nutrients that you need to lower your blood pressure: bananas, low-fat yogurt, strawberries, vegetables, fruits and fish high in omega-3. It is important to eat a diet rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium and other necessary nutrients. If you cannot get enough nutrients from food then consider taking supplements. You should discuss your diet and the need for supplementation with your doctor or a nutritionist, to assure yourself that you are taking the right supplements and the right dose. We suggest reading our recent post about The Vitamin-Mineral Trio to help lower high blood pressure.