The MOST Overlooked Cause of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Learn how a deficiency in this essential trace mineral could be the missing link in hypertension.

0:00 Introduction: The most overlooked cause of hypertension
0:25 Essential hypertension
1:05 Hypertension and zinc deficiency
1:41 Zinc deficiency symptoms
2:53 Hypertension treatment and zinc
3:29 Zinc function
4:25 What causes a zinc deficiency?
4:50 Best sources of zinc

Around 90% of all hypertension is essential hypertension, which means it has no known cause.

Southern states have the highest risk of hypertension and the highest risk of strokes. They also have a much higher rate of zinc-deficient soils.

Zinc deficiency can cause hypertension. Doctors are often hyper-focused on reducing sodium to lower blood pressure, and people are surprised to find their blood pressure does not go down after reducing their salt intake.

If you’re deficient in zinc, your sense of taste and smell is often inhibited. This might cause you to add more salt to your food and crave junk food. The average American indeed consumes too much sodium from junk food and not enough potassium, but zinc deficiency is also a significant issue.

ACE 2 inhibitors are the number one blood pressure medication. This type of medication depletes zinc, potentially causing more blood pressure problems. Diuretics, antibiotics, antacids, and birth control pills also deplete zinc.

Zinc is a helper mineral for making nitric oxide, a vasodilator that helps relax the blood vessels. Zinc is required for nitric oxide to work. Zinc is also necessary to make certain antioxidants, including SOD, which helps to keep inflammation at bay.

You can become deficient in zinc by consuming food grown in zinc-deficient soils or if you don’t consume shellfish and red meat. Sugar, refined carbs, whole grains, alcohol, and fructose deplete zinc. Weak stomach acid interferes with mineral absorption, which can contribute to a zinc deficiency.

Oysters and other shellfish, as well as red meat, are the best sources of zinc.

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Dr. Berg, age 59, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this explains the link between hypertension and zinc. I’ll see you in the next video.

Dave McKinnon

  • @user-lb6dh4xd9p says:

    Thank you for your sharing this ❤❤❤

  • @i.mahdihosseini says:

    00:00 🩺 Zinc deficiency is a significant but often overlooked cause of hypertension.
    00:57 🗺 Southern states in the US, which have higher rates of hypertension and strokes, also exhibit zinc deficiency in their soils.
    02:06 💊 Sodium reduction alone may not alleviate hypertension; zinc deficiency can exacerbate the problem.
    03:29 🍽 Medications like ACE inhibitors and diuretics commonly used for hypertension can deplete zinc levels.
    04:08 🍔 Zinc plays a crucial role in various bodily functions, including nitric oxide production, antioxidant synthesis, and leptin regulation.
    04:35 🚫 Factors contributing to zinc deficiency include poor soil quality, dietary habits, and impaired absorption.

  • @thixuanlevu9694 says:

    ❤Thank you so much Doctor Berg.It’s fantastic and informative topic.❤❤❤❤❤

  • @mammywilson6288 says:

    You are spot on with this study.. THANK YOU for sharing!!

  • @AlAl-tq6jv says:

    Thank you for this information!

  • @Kees247 says:

    Always remember if you take a zinc supplement that it container some copper or too much zinc will deplete copper.

  • @C.N.1 says:

    Clearly, we don’t get enough zinc from eating only vegetables and fruit. Especially those weird looking Citrus-fruits that we can’t tell if they are real Lemons or Oranges! Another reason why I believe plants are alive and have hormonal imbalances. 🤷‍♂️ EAT MEAT! Thanks for helping us through another Sunday, Dr. Berg! Have a wonderful day, everyone! 👊

  • @sn7miller says:

    Good vidio. While a lot less people likely have hypotension, low blood pressure, id like to see a video on this as well. It definitely has its risks as well

    • @andreadamascceno2139 says:

      I usually have to be careful about supplements that lower the blood pressure.
      Even drinking lemon water.
      It’s a real problem in my life.

    • @maryalicecoleman4661 says:

      I’ve had lower blood pressure my whole life. I wonder if there’s a link between that and low metabolism.

  • @nicholassteel5529 says:

    Loss of smell and taste because of Zn deficiency!!!!!! WOOOOW!
    I did not know that!!
    🙏Dr Berg! Thanks.

    • @jaggaraolaveti.72 says:

      In the pandemic time those who were infected lost their smell and taste. To overcome this problem doctors suggested Zincovit tablets.

  • @Brainly-Brian says:

    My blood pressure is 100/ 66 and is 54 years old. Eats only natural remedies, never take any medicine or vaccines😃

    • @lucylu9792 says:

      Well you’ve been lucky so far

    • @brucehansen7949 says:

      ​@@lucylu9792it’s not lucky to eat correctly, Brian most likely uses real salt not the fake bi product table salt, huge difference. Real salt is loaded with trace minerals, Dr. Berg needs to wake up to this reality, table salt is not salt. If we all learned this, big pharma would go bankrupt

  • @Homoprimatesapiens says:

    Many health boffins recommend pumpkin seeds as a source for extra zink. Also good for males with prostrate problems. Also with consuming certain nuts and flaxseed powder or oil.

  • @michaelcalibri3620 says:

    Dr Berg is the Goat. Brilliant!

  • @K8JOY says:

    Zinc! NOT Doritos.
    Got it.

  • @romb1818 says:

    Walking a few minutes (5-15minutes) every evening, for six months, helped me to normalise my blood pressure. 🚶

  • @sabamba112 says:

    By me it’s my mother in law visits it’s crystal clear 🏴‍☠️

  • @Dg-zt3lv says:

    Hello, Dr. Berg. Can do a video for low blood pressure? My wife has always had low blood pressure and her Doctor has always said you need more sodium. It would be great to know the reason and solution. Thank you. Love your knowledge and your kindness to help people with solutions other than pills.

  • @australianwoman9696 says:

    Thankyou again Dr Berg! You saved my dad who was suffering from lack of blood flow to his feet after 2 vaccinations. He kept waking up every night with hot itchy & numb feet. He now boils beetroots & vitamises them. Adds honey & lemon juice. Hes as good as gold. 😁👍

    Your a true blessing. 🖤

    • @TheRios7018 says:

      Should have took vaccinations 💉 in first place smh!

    • @mmwosu says:

      Ceasing all vaccinations everywhere would literally send us back to the Middle Ages when it comes to death from communicable disease. Are all vaccinations good? Absolutely not. However, there are diseases that routinely disfigured people, caused serious illness, or even took life in the past that you never worry about today, and you have vaccinations to thank for it whether you personally take them or not. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

  • @andersonvisnieski6403 says:

    I fixed my father’s hypertension using magnesium

  • @miranda6253 says:

    Hi Dr. Berg,

    Thank you so much for your knowledge and inspiration. I am currently on a prolonged fast (13 day’s and counting). I feel so much healthier and clear in my head. Also lost a lot of weight, wich makes me so happy. Feeling really proud, selfconfident and intelligent .

    After fasting i’m switching to the Keto diet, wich is really new to me. So excited! If i had known decades ago about this diet, i had switched a long time ago. My head is full of recipes and other plans. For example: i started to grow my own herbs and veggies. Planning to store them in winter time. And plans to grow veggies in the winter. Also switched completely to organic food, wich i order direct at local farms. So now i get a whole cow, chickens etc. Also the fish is caught in the wild. Looking forward to eat these delicious foods!!

    I’m planning to give my garden a mediterranean inspiration. So i want to get a fig tree, and eat some fresh figs. I’ve noticed that the figs are a bit high in fructose but have a good dose of potassium amongst other minerals etc. So my question is: does this fruit (fresh) fit in a Keto diet?

    Much love,

    Miranda. (From the Netherlands)

  • @charlotte1366 says:

    I am so grateful for all your videos.
    Thank you ❤

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