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Antioxidant May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Supplement May Reduce Dependence on Blood Pressure-Lowering Drugs

New Use for Antioxidants?

Experts say it's not the first time that plant-based antioxidants have been shown to mildly reduce blood pressure levels. But this study is unusual because it looked at the benefits of using antioxidant supplements in combination with conventional medicines.

"What's interesting to me, is that by and large complimentary and alternative medicine have focused on these natural remedies as an alternative to traditional medicines, and in this case they are being a little more integrative, using a natural remedy in combination with a drug remedy," says antioxidant researcher Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, professor of nutrition at Tufts University in Boston.

Blumberg says previous studies have already shown that antioxidants, such as those found in green tea and vitamin C, have a slight blood pressure-lowering effect when used instead of drugs in treating people with mild high blood pressure. But this study shows antioxidant therapy may also benefit people already on drug therapy for their high blood pressure.

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