The best natural treatment for high blood pressure is a healthy diet and exercise. Although some supplements may be helpful in decreasing blood pressure, none are a replacement for lifestyle changes and medications, since supplements have not been proven to protect from the complications of high blood pressure (e.g., stroke, heart attack).

Some natural medicines that may be effective and safe include:

  • blond psyllium
  • coenzyme Q10
  • fish oil
  • garlic
  • potassium (some medications used to treat high blood pressure can affect potassium levels – always ask your health care provider before starting any potassium supplements)

Natural medicines that have not yet demonstrated effectiveness for high blood pressure include:

  • black tea
  • cocoa
  • DHA
  • green tea
  • magnesium
  • soy
  • pomegranate

If you decide to take any natural medicines or supplements, check with your pharmacist or doctor before doing so. Many natural medicines and supplements can have side effects and can interact with medications you are taking.