Blood Pressure: Do Small Changes Matter?

We often hear about the fact that some natural blood pressure treatments work, but only a little bit.

Do these small beneficial effects matter?

Well, research shows that a drop in blood pressure of just 2 mm Hg can reduce the risk of stroke by 10 to 15% and save 12,000 lives a year in the U.S. alone. While a drop in blood pressure of about 5 mm Hg might reduce the chances of stroke by up to 40%. [ √ ] [ √ ] [ √ ] [ √ ] [ √ ]

Small changes like these may even reduce the risk of death and disease for people with currently normal blood pressure. That’s because “normal” blood pressure may be lower than most people think. Research shows that the “ideal” blood pressure might be somewhere between 95/61 to 115/75. [ √ ] [ √ ] [ √ ] [ √ ] [ √ ]

For detailed info, see our insights into the ideal blood pressure.