“Blood pressure is the slow silent killer. AvaLowerin can help”. Oh really? Actually, it’s high blood pressure that is the silent killer, not “blood pressure” as they say on the AvaLowerin website. Not all blood pressure is bad. Think about it; ya gotta have some blood pressure to stay alive right? This, and some of the ingredients in this product, was what prompted me to write this AvaLowerin review.
What is AvaLowerin?
AvaLowerin is a supplement that’s supposed to lower your blood pressure. AvaLowerin is made by company Health Center for Better Living located in Naples Florida. This company actually sells many products on their website HCBL.com. The company has Better Business Bureau rating of F when I wrote this review. There were 135 complaints in the last 3 years. See the BBB file for more information.
The rating is probably the result of complaints about many products, not specifically AvaLowerin complaints. Most complaints had to do with advertising/sales issues, billing/collection issues and problems with a product/service. All complaints appear to have been closed/ rectified on the BB website.
One capsule of AvaLowerin contains the following ingredients
|Vitamin B12 333 mcg||5555.70%|
|Folic acid, folate 2687 mcg||66.8%|
|Magnesium 66.6 mg||10.7%|
|Potassium 66 mg||1.8%|
|Vitamin B1 16.7 mg||1518.2%|
|Vitamin B6 16.7 mg||1284.6%|
|Proprietary blend containing:|
|Deodorized garlic powder|
|L carnitin fumarate|
|Hawthorn berry extract|
|L seleno methionine|
mcg = micrograms. mg = milligrams
Notice that they do not tell you how much of the “proprietary blend” is in AvaLowerin. While most supplement labels do not disclose the actual amount of each ingredient in proprietary blends, they usually do tell us how much all those ingredients add up to. AvaLowerin doesn't. They should tell us this.
Vitamin B12. I'm not aware of B12 having any significant blood pressure lowering effect. I've never seen a study where B12 lowered blood pressure in humans.
Folic Acid. The AvaLowerin website says it has “Folic acid, folate”. But which is it? Folic acid is not the same as folate. Folic acid is the synthetic form of the vitamin, while folate is the natural form. Are they saying that AvaLowering has both folic acid and folate? I’m not sure.
For more info, here are 3 facts about folic acid most people don’t know.
Magnesium. There is some evidence to support a magnesium might lower blood pressure mildly in people with high blood pressure. One problem is that it often takes more magnesium that AvaLowerin contains. Also, the blood pressure lowering effect seems greatest for diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number of blood pressure) than systolic blood pressure (the top number).
Potassium. Research suggests that potassium can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The research is strongest for foods that have potassium (fruits and veggies have lots of potassium). The effect of potassium supplements and blood pressure is less studied but in theory they may have some effect. AvaLowerin only provides about 2% of your daily value for potassium. That’s not a lot. As such, I don’t feel its potassium content would have any significant effect on lowering blood pressure in most people.
Potassium rich foods are one of the main parts of the Dash Diet. The link I provided is a free pdf ebook on the DASH Diet.
Here is the official DASH Diet website if you want to know more.
Vitamin B1. In theory Thiamin (B1) may have a blood pressure lowering effect if too much is used. AvaLowerin does have 16.2 mg of B1. The usual adult intake is much less – about 1.2 mg per day. Is this enough to lower blood pressure in adults? I am not sure.
So, for all these vitamins, it looks like potassium and vitamin B1 might have the most BP lowering effects – followed, maybe, by magnesium.
Let’s look now at the proprietary blend of ingredients in AvaLowerin
Deoordized garlic. There is evidence that garlic can lower blood pressure (both the top and bottom numbers) in those who have high blood pressure. But I am skeptical of “odorless garlic” because I can’t find any good proof that odorless garlic works the same as regular, smelly garlic.
Blood pressure has two parts to it. The numbers are written as a fraction. The systolic blood pressure is the “top number” and diastolic blood pressure is the “bottom number”. So, if your BP was 120/80, that means your systolic pressure is 120 and diastolic pressure is 80.
L carnitin fumarate. This is actually a typo on the AvaLowerin website. I can’t find anything when I search for “Carnitin” so I think they are referring to Carnitine.
While preliminary research hints that L carnitine might help some people with heart disease, I can’t find anything that it lowers blood pressure. They may have added carnitine to AvaLowerin because heart disease and high blood pressure often go hand in hand, but I can’t be sure.
Carnitine was also one of the ingredients in the memory booster supplement Procera. check out my Procera review for more info that that product.
Ginger. At least one study – in rats – found that ginger lowered blood pressure. One rat study is not enough for me to think it does the same thing in people. If it does, how much do you need? This is unknown. Some speculate that ginger has effects like calcium channel blockers. As such, it has the potential to interact with various heart drugs.
Ginger sometimes is found in diabetes supplements. For example ginger was in Diab X and other products Ive reviewed on this website.
Hawthorn. The AvaLowerin website states that “The main ingredient is Hawthorn Berry”. If so, then why is Hawthorn listed as 4th from the bottom of the list of ingredients?
That means there is probably not a lot of hawthorn in AvaLowerin – and that’s good because hawthorn can alter heart function. As such, it may be dangerous if people are taking medications.
Be very cautious of hawthorn if you take any medications for heart disease or high blood pressure. Ask your doctor before using. I can’t say this more strongly.
The AvaLowerin website also says that “Parsley Leaf has also been shown to promote the flow of blood through arteries and veins”. But Parsley is not listed among the AvaLowerin ingredients. Why do they mention it then? If you find out, let me know.
Cayenne pepper. Very preliminary research hints that cayenne may cause an opening up of blood vessels (vasodilation). This may mean that cayenne might help lower blood pressure but at least one study finds cayenne pepper does not work.
Cayenne pepper is also one of the ingredients in the weight loss shake Right Size Smoothies
Kelp. Kelp has iodine and iodine helps us make thyroid hormone. Ironically use of iodine supplements has been found to be associated with low thyroid output (hypothyroidism). That said, while many know that thyroid hormone helps regulate the metabolism, it also can effect blood pressure. The big question is are you low in iodine. See the next section…
How To Test Your Iodine Levels
As was reported in the book, The Fatigue Solution, by endocrinologist, Dr Eva Cwynar it's possible to see if you are low in iodine. Get some USP tincture of iodine (not the clear version) and paint a 3 inch circle on your skin. The skin will look red/orange when you apply the iodine tincture. If the color disappears in 1-3 hours, you may be lacking in iodine. If, it takes 4-6 hours for the color to go away, your iodine levels are probably OK. Here is tincture of iodine on Amazon.com. Remember, do not drink this brand of iodine! If you feel you are deficient in iodine, go to your doctor for a more accurate test of your iodine levels.
L seleno methionine. This is just a fancy word for the mineral selenium. It’s selenium attached to the amino acid methionine. They bind the two together to increase absorption of selenium. One study noted that low levels of selenium may increase high blood pressure risk in men. Selenium is the very last ingredient listed in AvaLowerin so it probably does not have a lot.
Can You Take AvaLowerin With Medications?
I was very surprised to see that on the AvaLowerin website it says “Yes, Avalowerin can be taken with prescription medications”. I 100% disagree with this statement. AvaLowerin has not been tested for how it interacts with prescription medications –or other supplements – you may be taking.
The AvaLowerin website also states “FDA constantly monitors herbal supplement labeling”. Labeling? What does labeling have to do with herbal safety? The FDA does not test herbs for safety or how they interact with medications or other supplements.
AvaLowerin Side Effects
Since people with high blood pressure may be taking medications for high blood pressure – and other health issues – it really is best to speak to your doctor before using AvaLowerin. Print up this review and show it to your doctor so they can see the ingredients in AvaLowerin. I'm going to list a few of the potential side effects below but these are theoretical and based on what I think might happen in some people. Also keep in mind that other side effects may exist.
- Garlic might interact with many medications including heart medications, chemotherapy drugs and even Tylenol.
- Ginger might in theory interact with calcium channel blocker drugs and other heart /blood pressure medications.
- Hawthorn may interfere / interact with many medications. Speak to doctor before using hawthorn.
- Kelp might alter the effectiveness of blood thinner drugs and medications like synthroid that are used to treat low thyroid.
The AvaLowerin website states “Proof Positive-Published Scientific Studies Show These Ingredients Work!” But what they don’t say is that there is no published scientific proof that AvaLowerin works.
There is a big difference between studies on the individual ingredients in AvaLowerin and the AvaLowerin itself.
Also notice they didn’t say “these ingredients lower blood pressure!”. Rather, they just said they “work”. I'm splitting hairs here but I want to point this out.
Saying “it lowers blood pressure” it making a drug-claim, which is illegal in the US. So, they tap-dance around the law by saying “it works”.
How Much Does It Cost?
When I viewed the AvaLowerin website on 9/1/11, it said that a 3 month supply costs 29.96 per bottle. This means each bottle costs $29.96. Each bottle lasts 1 month so a 3 month supply will cost 29.96 x 3 = $89.88. That is $359.25 per year. I'm giving you the per year amount because they say that AvoLowerin is supposed to be taken “long term”. I’m cheap but I think that’s a lot of money. It’s actually costs less to join Planet Fitness (exercise helps reduce blood pressure too).
For those who are interested here is AvaLowerin on Amazon to compare prices.
How do I return AvaLowerin
The AvaLowerin website states that “You can return all empty and unused portions within one year of purchase for a refund or exchange. We do not pay for return postage. Please include a note with your return explaining the reason for the return and whether you want a refund or an exchange”. The number to call for customer service is 1-800-544-4225.
How to Naturally Lower Blood Pressure?
There are things that you can do to help reduce your blood pressure that have far more proof than AvaLowerin. Just some of the things you can do right now to naturally lower your blood pressure include reducing the salt (sodium) in the food you eat and eating more potassium rich foods. Stopping smoking also will help a lot. Losing weight – even just a few pounds – can significantly lower blood pressure too. Getting some physical activity –just a 20 minute walk – most days of the week can also help lower blood pressure.
Does Avalowerin Work?
While it’s hard to tell for sure because AvaLowerin has never been tested in a lab to see if it really does lower blood pressure in people, in theory, there may be something to it. Some of the ingredients may modestly help reduce blood pressure in some people but it’s hard to say either way. Blood pressure is a complex issue. High blood pressure can be caused by many things so it’s possible that in some people AvaLowerin may work, while in others, it may not work at all.
While I am sure some people will try AvaLowerin, I want to point out that all supplements work best when combined with other healthy habits.
Here is AvaLowerin on Amazon for those who want to read comments from others and avoid auto shipments.
What do you think?
very curious to see what you think of beet juice, beet powder supplement and the n40
one review said n40 could cause throat cancer and kidney isses
as always your research is awesome.
on another note
my second month of bergamot just started and I intend to do one more to see how it works on my HDL
it sure did help my glucose
Thanks again !!
Hi Tony, beet root juice has some evidence it can raise nitric oxide. This can help reduce blood pressure. Beet root juce has also been shown in some studies to improve exercise too. Beets contain nitrates which help us make nitric oxide. See the SuperBeets Review for more about this.
When you N40 do you mean Neo40 which is by the company which makes superbeets? If you are referring to Neo40, Ive never heard anything about it raising the risk of throat cancer or kidney stones. I remember seeing some test tube research which hinted nitric oxide might have a cancer-causing effect, but I’ve never seen this demonstrated in people. Ive never seen anything specifically mentioning throat cancer either.
While beets often get a lot of attention, I think green vegetables would raise nitric oxide better. Green veggies also contain nitrates and from what Ive seen they have more than beets do.
Glad the bergamot has been helping your glucose levels 🙂
Yanna Fattani says
It’s me again Joe. How fast do I have to walk? My friend said if I walk at a leisurely pace, it’s not going to do me any good. Is that true Joe? She said I have to walk at a brisk pace. What is a brisk pace? I can’t really push too hard in this very hot climate that we have (where the morning temperature is already in the upper 80s) or I’ll get tired very fast. Thanks so much in advance Joe.
Hi Yanna, Don’t worry about the brisk walking if you are not used to it or if you’re not used to the heat. Just walk at a pace that you are comfortable with. Any activity is better than no activity. You still burn calories and get health improvements and blood pressure lowering improvements at lower intensities of exercise (in fact I think lower is better for helping BP).
The easiest way to see if you are working out too hard is if you can talk while you are walking you are doing ok. If you can’t talk when you are walking (because your breathing too hard) then you are walking too fast. Its easy to get dehydrated when exercising in the heat so remember to bring water with you when you are walking and wear a hat too. Also, if you get tired, its ok to take a break. Remember you dont have to do all your walking at once. you can break it up into little chunks too. All those little chunks will add up. Just work at your own pace and you should be ok. Have a great weekend 🙂
Yanna Fattani says
Thank you so much for you always prompt reply Joe. I appreciate and like your advice because you use much common sense when imparting your knowledge. Take exercising for instance, yes, all I want to do is to stay fit and healthy, not to kill myself in the process. This is something that a fitness fanatic like my friend doesn’t seem to understand. To her, “no pain” means “no gain”.
However, something went wrong recently as I was going for my walk in the late evening. I was walking at a comfortable, steady pace when all of a sudden I suffered a painful leg cramp that sent me writhing. After massaging my leg for a few minutes, I was able to hobble back home. My friend said I didn’t do enough stretching before I started walking. I thought it was more due to the extremely hot weather that day and I didn’t drink enough water so I got dehydrated very fast.
We’ve been experiencing an extremely hot dry spell lately. So, for now I’ve put my walking on hold. Whatever physical activity I do is limited to doing chores indoors and if I do any yard work, it will be in the late evening when the sun is already low down in the sky and even then, I only do it for less than half an hour. I think I’ll try to walk in the early morning instead. Yes, I’ll remember to carry a water bottle from now on.
Joe, do I really have to do stretching exercises first before I start my walk?
Hi Yanna, sorry to hear about your muscle cramp. Cramps are an odd thing because I cant pin them down to any one thing. The easy answer is dehydration but I dont feel that’s the only cause. Could you have just done too much too soon? Sometimes if we go from doing almost no exercise, to exercise every day, it can be a bit too much. As for stretching, it wont hurt to stretch for a couple of minutes before your walk. It might help and it cant hurt so give it a try. Just a few minutes total of gentle stretching of your calf, hamstrings (back of thighs) and quadriceps (front of thighs) is all you need. Give yourself a little rest and try it again when you feel able. Keep me posted on how your doing 🙂
Yanna Fattani says
I didn’t think I was trying to overdo or push myself. If anything, I was more on the side of caution. I may not walk everyday but I certainly had walked longer distances before.
I do get muscle cramps now and then, but usually they occur early in the morning upon waking up or at night, not while I’m up and about doing chores or working in the yard.
I agree with you it could be due to a combination of factors – extremely hot day and not drinking enough water which might result in the body dehydrating quickly (but then I hadn’t walked for long that day) and not doing stretching exercises prior to taking the walk to loosen the muscles. Are there any other reasons for muscle cramps Joe?
Anyway, for now I’m taking a break. We are going through a heat wave right now and I don’t want to work out in this energy-sapping heat. I just do the usual household chores and yard work and stretching as my form of exercise. I may go for walks in the early morning instead of late evening when I resume later. Of course, I’ll make sure I do stretching exercises first before venturing out and will take a water bottle with me. Many thanks Joe.
Hi Yanna, yeah, I think that’s a good idea not to go walking during the heat wave. Muscle cramps are an odd thing because many times we don’t know what causes them. The good news is you are still getting exercise even if its just doing chores around the house 🙂
Yanna Fattani says
Many thanks once again Joe for your reply. Yes, I’m going to order the flaxseeds and be consistent in doing my exercise. I will of course let you know the result.
Joe, if I do yard work like hoeing and weeding and raking and trimming, can that be considered as exercise? Pulling out the deep-rooted weeds and wild grass does use much energy, as does hoeing. I usually spend about an hour to an hour and a half doing yard work and I do expend my energy and work up a lot of sweats. Is that the same as doing exercise though?
Hi Yanna, yes yard work is definitely exercise, especially the type of yard work you are doing! 🙂
Yanna Fattani says
Glad you have this section on high blood pressure. I’m in my 60’s and have been on Perindopril Erbumine for close to ten years now. My blood pressure is usually around 130/80.
Is it true that once we have high blood pressure, it’s irreversible? The dosage just kept going up – from half a pill to one and a half now daily. Joe, I’m tired of taking medication and I wonder if there are other ways that I can do to control my high blood pressure to the point where I don’t need to take medication any more.
I’m not overweight and try to eat healthy. I don’t use a lot of salt in food. I don’t eat a lot of canned food, I prepare food using natural ingredients as far as possible. Although I don’t exercise consistently, I do household chores which require physical exertion. I do walk to the nearby stores. What else can I do to bring down my blood pressure level Joe? Do you think taking fish oil will help? I do appreciate your comment and suggestions. Thanks so much in advance Joe
Hi Yanna, Blood pressure can be a funny thing because many people have it for unknown reasons. Did/Do your parents have high blood pressure? Have you asked your doctor for advice on how to get off the BP meds and lower your BP naturally? What does she/he say?
Take a look at this post I wrote on 13 ways to naturally lower blood pressure. The link goes to my personal website. While I cant guarantee any of these will help, they are backed up by various amounts of evidence. Fish oil cant hurt but I dont think its as powerful as the foods I mentioned in the article.
Regardless, do keep your Dr in the loop on what you are trying to do and don’t stop taking your BP meds either unless she/he says its ok.
Yanna Fattani says
Thank you so much. Wish I’d seen this article a lot earlier. My late mother had high blood pressure, but my dad was healthy till the end. I guess I got it from my mum.
Joe, I am in a third world country where very few have personal or family doctor. Most of us go the the government hospitals which, if you are a senior citizen like me, will give you treatment for free. As such, a doctor sees so many patients a day and doesn’t spend much time to talk about your condition. He or she just makes sure that my statistics are in the range that they should be before giving me my prescriptions and that’s it, I’m out in less than three minutes after waiting for more than two or three hours. I do feel guilty asking so many questions when there are so many others waiting outside.
So I’m glad there’s someone like you giving useful information on health matters so we can be wiser when making our choices. I think I’ll try and find the flax seeds. I will of course continue taking my prescriptions but after ten years, I need to find some other ways that can help me bring down my blood pressure reading without taking medication. Joe, it’s safe for me to take flax seeds with my medication, isn’t it?
I can’t thank you enough Joe. I wish I’d found this site earlier, but better late than never as they say. Continue your “evangelical” mission to bring enlightenment to folks like me.
Hi Yanna, yes flaxseed should be fine to take with your meds. If you can take walk 3 or 4 days a week for at least 20 minutes that will be a very good thing to do too. I think the walking is one of the best things to help blood pressure and many other health issues.
When it comes to your doctor, do ask questions. dont feel bad about about asking questions. You are your best advocate. Doctors here in the US are busy too and its estimated most only spend 5 or so minutes with patents. When I see the doctor I sometimes go in with a list of things that I write down before I go in. That way I dont forget anything and I maximize my time with the doctor. So keep asking questions. I’m sure the doctor appreciate you doing it too 🙂
Yanna Fattani says
Joe, thank you so much. Yes, I will try to do all that you suggest. I have to try and do something about lowering my blood pressure without resorting to prescription drugs. I’ve read somewhere that beta blockers are not really the solution.
I’ll try religiously to walk for at least 20-30 minutes as you suggest every alternate day, if not everyday. I’ll try taking flaxseeds and we’ll see what happens. How long do you think before I can see any result Joe?
Hi Yanna, I think it depends and can vary from person to person. My hunch is you may notice some changes after a month. Let me know what happens.
Nothing special in this formula. There are many multivitamin-mineral formulas made with a proprietary herbal base, which are much better than this formula and probably cheaper. Here are a couple of tips. Many of these formulas recommend taking two, three or more tablets a day. If all you want is a vitamin and mineral supplement, divide the potency levels on the label by the number of tablet recommended. Usually, you will find that one tablet easily meets your needs.
Mineral supplementation may be a good idea, but it is hard to get enough in an all-in-one tablet. Magnesium and potassium are the minerals most likely to be deficient in the American diet. Because of possible risk, potassium dosage seems to be capped at 99mg elemental potassium. Either the citrate or the gluconate forms probably are equally good.
Magnesium can be cheap or expensive. Magnesium oxide probably is adequate for most people, but should be taken on an empty stomach. Other forms of magnesium may be more easily absorbed, but these often are much more expensive. Zinc is another mineral which might be a little short in many diets, but calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium are the big four.
Other minerals are needed in trace amounts. Part of the value of a vitamin-mineral supplement in a proprietary base is that it will contains a spectrum of components considered foods, which provide additional trace nutrition.
I’m not going plug any companies here, but prices vary widely for more or less the same thing. Search for discount vitamins or supplements or some such on the internet, shop around, and you should find what you need. All in my humble opinion, of course. Ascertain your own needs and do your own research.
Mike, I’d also add that fruits and vegetables contain potassium and magnesium. Good rules of thumb –
if it has fiber it has magnesium and likely potassium.
If its green, its got magnesium .
Generally speaking, thats fruits and veggies.
Good point. I always say, supplementation will make up for deficiencies in the diet but cannot make up for the lack of a minimally adequate diet containing some kind of diversity of foods. As noted, I prefer multi vitamin and mineral supplements in a proprietary base. That generally means a base of plant derived substances. Spirulina, chlorella and kelp contain necessary trace minerals. Herbals contain trace nutrients and phytochemicals which may be beneficial.
The thing to be most beware of are proprietary formulas labeled and pitched for specific health needs. These often are prodigiously expensive compared to the price of key ingredients purchased separately. Sometimes you can buy the same thing in a dollar store, for a dollar. Not that you can always count on the quality of dollar store health and pharmaceutical products.
Mike, I would also agree on the quality /lack of quality of vitamins at the dollar store.
Actually, I would say don’t count on the quality of “dollar store” health food products. The exception might be the single ingredient herbals, when and where they have them. Even so, I’m always dubious even though I have used some of them.
OTC drugs are another issue. Most of the single-ingredient items are okay, but often there are not any savings compared to competitive retailers and warehouse stores. If you regularly use something, best to buy a larger quantity under a trustworthy label.
Mike, generally I recommend doing business with companies you have heard of before. If they have a reputation they want to keep it and are likely to put what they say they are in the supplements they make.
To Pete re celery and peanut butter. Could also be the effect of peanut oil thinning the saturated fats, and perhaps removing them, otherwise in your diet. This is the reason people take fish oil: Fish oil is a blood thinner,and lowers blood pressure. Combined with the benefits of celery,as you describe them, this combination may be very good for lowering blood pressure.
A rough calculation shows about 175 mgs of the first group of ingredients.If these are typical 250 mg caps, then you can say there’s about 75 mgs of proprietary blend. B12 calms nerves, so it could be said it lowers BP.Potassium and Magnesium are always good to take in small doses in older people who have difficulty absorbing nutrients, esp minerals. The ginger and kelp improve circulation so could also help BP. Kelp contains iodine which speeds up thyroid, which translates into improved circulation, among other benefits. This is an interesting combination.
However,I saw no “therapeutic” doses,ie Vit B12 at 1,000mcgs. I don’t know what the dosage is, one,two or three caps daily,perhaps. Yet none of the ingredients are expensive. I would not pay a lot for this product. PS Hawthorne Berry does not work for me. When I want to lower blood pressure I take fish oil, 2,000–3,000 mgs daily.
Juana E says
Thanks so much for your review.
I just was reading about the Avalowerin and was considering buying, I am so so glad I read your review. I have been struggling with High BP for the past ten years and nothing seems to work, now I am on med but would like to get off of them so bad. When I can afford it I will visit a naturalist to find the root of the problems.
Again, thanks, you saved me tress from ordering something that does not work.
Juana, Im glad you found my review as well. Do share my site with your friends
Blood pressure can be a challenging thing because sometimes we can do all the stuff and still it goes up. Im sure you probably know this but some things that can help include
reduce salt – read food labels. if you see 20% ore more next to sodium, that food is considered high in sodium
eat more potassium rich foods. fruits/veggies have lots of potassium
lose weight if you need to. this can be the hardest but it really can help – even 10 lbs of wt loss can help.
exercise daily if you can work up to it. eventually aim for 30-60 min per day. walking is perfect. aerobic exercise, like waling, helps keep blood vessels, rubbery, so they expand easier. this helps your blood pressure.
If you are on meds and need them, then its best to stay on them. I know nobody likes to take a pill every day but if that’s what it takes to stay healthy, then I’m sure your family and friends appreciate you taking that pill 🙂
great review…unbiased and informative…thanks
Thanks Ken, you are very welcome 🙂
Joe, thanks very much for the balanced review, so hard to find them on the Internet. My blood pressure went up to 140-160 range about 7 years ago and my doctor recommended medication. This all took me by surprise, I was a very healthy middle age man (currently 56) and never had problems before and never took medications.
I thoroughly researched natural ways to lower blood pressure and my doctor approved my getting off medications as my blood pressure readings fluctuated from 120-140 for the most part and they remain in this area today. My regime has been to be active, eat a banana every morning for breakfast, dark chocolate, fruits and vegetables, reduce salt. Also breathing and meditation exercises while listening to calming music. Always looking for other ways that work but will pass on Avalowerin for now.
Always good to hear other people to learn what works for them and be inspired to stay on a regimen that works. Thanks again.
Tom, glad to help and continued success on treating your blood pressure.
“@Elton” 25 beats per minute? There are Tibetan monks who would “almost” kill for that kind of singularity and rhythm. Certain Eastern practices believe that the secret to longevity is by reducing the amount of heartbeats on a daily basis through diet and meditation.
That said, 170/120 and a low heartbeat rate practically screams “Second Opinion” from the rooftops. A second opinion does not mean you don’t trust the first one, but only that you’re looking for a collaborative agreement among learned colleagues in the same medicinal profession.
Also, if what your doctor says is true, get yourself to a good Cardiologist; your heart may have suffered damage as a direct result of the high BP.
sister sue noland says
absolutely the number one best review of a supplement I have ever read or hoped for! thank u joe cannon. Id ask u for your hand but at 77, too tired to try…..ha ha
Sister Sue, thanks so much for that vote of confidence – and the proposal 🙂
Absolutely love your reviews.
Thanks Ademola, that’s very kind of you to say 🙂
MYname is elton I just came home from the hospital after ten days.my presure was 170/120 MY heart was beating at 25 and my doctor says it will never go back to 50 or 60 IS THAT true
Elton, your heart was only beating 25x per minute? What caused you to be in the hospital? Why was your blood pressure so high?
Thanks for this review. I ordered 3 bottles of AvaLowerin last year, thinking it would be cheaper than buying one and allowing about 1 month to 6 weeks to work. I wanted something in one formula rather than purchasing several separately (i.e. magnesium, potassium iodide, l-citraline, l=arginine, etc., etc.
After 2 months, there was absolutely no change. I was out of state for 2 months, so mailed the third bottle back to HGL, asking for a refund. I never heard from them, yet continue to receive HCBL flyers. Unfortunately, I misplaced the post office receipt, with the return to my state.
For many, many years my BP was 110/70, except if I had a cold and used a decongestant. After several stressful jobs and events of the last 8 years, it rose. I learned about magnesium and use it. MAGNESIUM keeps my diastolic good–low to mid-80’s, but does little for the systolic.
After my primary care dr. pressured me to go on BP meds, and prescribed 1 that made me cough, after I told her I didn’t want such, I went to a naturapathic doctor/nutritionist. She didn’t address the BP, but looked to find out what problems I had. There were several. In any event, w/in 1 WEEK, it dropped; w/in 10 days my BP went from ~165/170 /90’s to ~140/80 and by 2 weeks it was ~130/68.
I started back juicing raw, organic veg’s during this period (carrots, celery, spinach, beet and ?), so I’m sure that helped too. I was already eating well, exercising, not using any salt at home, etc. Eventually I did so well, I went off the regimen, so the BP constantly has to be watched. I know I go to bed too late. I’m trying to work on this, as it could be a big factor..
Anyway, treating the condition without looking for the cause would not work in car repair shops, or anything else. Is the human body less important?
MissH, you make good points and I am really glad you have gotten your blood pressure under control. Sorry you never got a refund from the makers of AvaLowerin.
Thanks, Joe, for the unbiased review of this product. I have not tried Avalowerin as yet, but I have tried Hypavera ( a similar type product) with limited success. I am very health conscious, vegan and not overweight, but the hypertension is a persistent problem for me.
I’ve had high-ish BP all my life and it was only last year, at the age of 67, that my doctor put me on Exforge to bring me back to a safe range. I quit the Exforge after 6 months due to side effects, but I am starting to wonder if I’ll need to go back onto script drugs again.
wardieward, blood pressure is a complicate issue. It sounds like you are doing everything right- and you don’t look 67! I wish I had some answer for you. The good news is “high-ish BP” isn’t high blood pressure. Maybe if you speak to a doctor specializing in blood pressure, you might be able to find a resolution -or better medication – for this issue.
I found your forum to be quite informative . Just did trial order of avalowerin and will report back in after 30 days of usage.checked BP yesterday and the numbers came to 170/90
Anonymous, thanks Im glad you found me and I will look forward to hearing your thoughts on AvaLowerin 🙂
Steve C says
My BP is typically 140+ / 90+ often 160 or even 180. I’m on 4 Meds Atenolol, Lisinopril, Amlodipine, Diovan All max daily dose Once daily. If I take a dose late and next morning take my normal dose my BP is down in the normal range for about 12 hours.
My 82 Year old mother has BP’s in the high 200’s over the high 100’s and it has been too high to measure at times. She has been like that since age 14 and cannot tolerate meds for more than a couple of days at a time as she has poor liver function.
If I go to the Gym upon leaving my BP is low to normal. I just gotta start going regularly. But within 30 mins after I leave the gym its high again (even when I went daily for several months)
Am I just weird or does my family have good pumps and Schedule 40 Plumbing 😉
I’m gonna try the Banana and Celery seeds as soon as I can find some.
Thanks for the advice on AvaLowerin.
Lee hows i going now.
Steve C, Some research has noted that the blood pressure lowering effect of exercise may last about 3 days so if you can get in a bit more regular, it might be better. remember intensity is not important here. focus on the time of exercise not intensity. Aim for 30-60 min most days of the week. If strength training, aim for “circuit strength training.”
cardio appears to keep blood vessels “rubbery” by better aligning cells in the blood vessels. this can help keep blood pressure normal.
Ive seen some data that some older adults may be well served with slightly higher blood pressure. not sure about your mom but its something to talk to her doctor about next visit.
thomas vurginac says
im a retired nurse anesthesia provider bp is different in every person no one is the same but giving anesthesia is different i would give 2mgm versed to relax a pt get them in the operating room the first monitor that went on was a bp cuff and i would take a bp for a baseline.
anesthesia knocks down bp now if your baseline was 142/78 then i would keep your bp no lower than 120 to 110/ 70 to 60 and no higher than the baseline.
so what im trying to say is if you knock your pressure to low your body can react in a bad way so if you have a 140/80 thats what your body knows 110/70 and it may react badly. granted 190/110 is not good u are in uncontrolled hypertension this needs to be corrected.
same with blood sugar 31 years ago anything 200 or less was good 15 years ago 150 or less now they want you at 100 does this mean all people must go on drugs to reduce ur glucose to 100???? now if your body feels good at 140 then thats fine drug companies make too much now why give them more.
Yanna Fattani says
Still too hot here but I make sure I do stretching up and other activities, mostly household chores and yard work as my way of doing exercise. There’s always the floor to mop and scrub, etc. So yes, I do get some form of exercise one way or another.
Joe, a friend says that I need to eat plenty of bananas so that I won’t get muscle cramps. Any truth in that Joe?
Hi Yanna, I dont blame you about the heat. Yes just remember when you are doing those other activities, that is exercise too. If you do go out in the heat, do bring some water with you and wear a hat. wear sunscreen too to protect your skin.
my guess is your friend mentioned bananas for muscle cramps because of the potassium in bananas. They cant hurt but muscle cramps are a complicated issue. I dont think we can always say lack of potassium is the culprit. If you eat fruits and veggies and beans, you are getting potassium from those foods too. Its always ironic to me that bananas are the go-to food when it comes to high potassium foods. It turns out that baked potatoes have 2x as much as potassium.
Yanna Fattani says
You’re right. It’s certainly not due to lack of potassium that leads to cramps, not in my case I don’t think. I do eat vegetables and fruits and potatoes. So I can safely eliminate that as a contributing factor.
Joe, do we really need to take supplements? Doctors will tell you that as long as you get your daily recommended requirement from the different food group, then there’s no need for supplement. But how do we know we get enough Joe? And what kind of supplements should someone in her sixties take anyway? Supplements are costly. Now that I’m no longer working, I’d rather use my money to buy real food.
Hi Yanna, Generally I’d say choose the food over the supplements. You’ll get a much wider variety of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients than any supplement can provide. if the food has color (purple, orange, red, green, etc) eat it. These foods will do a good job at helping your blood pressure too 🙂