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Hello.  An older man is taking Hawthorne for high blood pressure.  He has mild forgetfulness.  What herb would be good for that and yet raise his blood pressure?   I am aware that rosemary and bacopa  and  ginseng are good for memory but also raise the blood pressure.  Thanks for your help!

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Hi Jan,

Yes, for some reason herbs that seem to help memory lapses also elevate high blood pressure. I would suggest stinging nettle and studies have shown it contains the mineral boron which helps improve short term memory loss.

Gotu kola has a centuries-old folk reputation helps maintain strong mental vigor I doubt that it would have maintained this reputation if there was nothing to it.

The breakdown of a neurotransmitter called Acetycholine has been linked to Alzheimer's Disease.
Take acetycholine as directed on the label. This maximizes mental ability and prevents memory loss in adults.

Choline--100 mg 3 times daily. --- Increases levels of acetycholine.

I would take Co-enzyme Q10 and garlic capsules for high blood pressure.

Eat a diet high in raw foods. Consume the following often: brewer's yeast, brown rice, farm eggs, fish, legumes, millet, nuts, soybeans, tofu, wheat germ, and whole grains.

Have him get a little exercise daily. Walking is very good.

Best wishes, Dennis  

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I can answer most questions on herb usage and and am very familiar with (gras) herbs, generally recognized as safe. I am very knowlegible in nutritional healing. I have extended education in detoxing the body and fasting for health. I believe in the Naturopathic belief, the body get sick in only two ways; either because it is too toxic, or it is malnurished. I grow, wildcraft, and make most of my herbal remedies.

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