Get a grip on high blood pressure without medication

Over 100 million Americans suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure) which can cause a variety of health issues including stroke.  There are two primary ways that most people use to lower their blood pressure.

1. Taking blood pressure reducing medication such as beta blockers

2. Intense exercise totaling 70 minutes or more per week

In 1973, the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) published a paper by two doctors detailing the benefits of isometric exercise on lowering blood pressure.  In 1992, another doctor took the study one step further and isolated the exercise to handgrip isometric exercises which ended with a startling finding: after eight weeks the test subjects lowered their systolic BP by 12.5 (top number) and their diastolic BP (bottom number) by 14.9.

The 1992 study has been repeated many times with similar results.  While no one is certain why this isometric grip exercise is so effective, the results continue to show that it is.  The key is performing it properly, which includes holding a grip for two minutes at 30% of your maximum effort.  How do you know your maximum effort?  This product sold through Amazon is ideal and only $30!

Learn more about the study here

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