Q: I have that my poor blood circulation, hypoglicemia (under control) and very low blood pressure (sometimes it falls down to 75 at 55). I ‘ve started taking bromelain in between meals and cayenne with garlic (1/2 of a capsule on my tongue for the beginning) right before the meal. But garlic lowers the blood pressure and lowers the blood sugar, are not they? Is it right for me to be taking garlic? May be I should be taking only bromelain with cayenne?
A: Hypotension and hypoglycemia are both symptoms of adrenal insufficiency. One role of the adrenal hormone hydrocortisone is sugar balance in the body. The adrenal hormone aldosterone helps regulate blood pressure by inhibititng the excretion of sodium through the urine.
I would suggest using adaptgenic herbs to strengthen your adrenal glands. Good choices are schisandra berries, Siberian ginseng, and licorice root. Vitamin C and bioflavonoids are also important for proper adrenal function. The adrenals use more vitamin C than any other part of the body. Personally I prefer natural sources of vitamin C such as amla, camu camu, or acerola cherry which also contain bioflavonoids. Natural vitamin C is very expensive to extract. Therefore virtually all vitamin C sold on the market is synthetic. It is synthesized from sugar, and in some cases herbs containing vitamin C and natually occuring bioflavonoids are added.
Stress, stimulants; like caffeine, and steroidal medications; such as steroidal anti-inflammatories and asthma inhalers are the biggest “killers” of the adrenal glands.