I have had reason lately to wonder what affects blood pressure most:
- DGL (licorice root)
- all of the above, or something else...?
I am asking because I have been on blood pressure medication and beta-blockers for the past two years. Recently, my family doctor and I decided to lower beta-blockers dosage, from 100 to 50 mg daily, while remaining on 10 mg of blood pressure medication (the active ingredient is called perindopril arginine).
For the past two years, my BP has been around 118/70, my resting pulse 70 (before treatment: BP 170/120, resting pulse ca 120 bpm). It should be added that, two years ago, at the time of diagnoses, I was on long-term sick leave for burnout syndrom and severe depression.
Now, , my BP has risen to around 150/85, my resting pulse to ca 85 bpm, two weeks after lowering beta-blocker medication (Atenolol) from 100 to 50 mg daily.
I have been having terrible salt cravings for years. I have been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, and put on Medrol by a Hertoghe doctor, but I have not had much success using this drug. For the past month, I have been on a supplement called ADR Formula, by Pure Prescriptions. It's by far the best adrenal fatigue supplement I have ever used, and believe me, I have used a couple of dozen over the years...none ever came close to this one. For the first time in years, I feel energetic, without feeling nervous, and I would really like to stay on this product long-term. The only problem is, it contains 100 mg of licorice root...which is known to raise blood pressure. It even says on the bottle that individuals suffering from hypertension should consult with their doctor prior to use...
I am also not sure if Erfa is the best alternative, but Erfa and Armour are currently the only two NDT drugs available in Belgium.
Has anyone else with hypertension taken products containing licorice root and, if so, how did it affect your blood pressure?