I hope you found this quick clinical tip helpful! Beta blockers are one of the most popular drug prescriptions for hypertension or chronically elevated blood pressure. They are also prescribed for other cardiac challenges such as angina or atrial fibrillation (which is often caused by magnesium deficiency – but that’s another video for another day!).
Looking for clinical fodder to convince your clients of the need to address both melatonin and CoQ10?
For middle-aged and older individuals, I always recommend the ubiquinol form of CoQ10 (vs. ubiquinone) to ensure cellular uptake. As we age, we lose the ability to convert sufficient ubiquinone into ubiquinol (the active, reduced form).
To answer a question commonly raised about this topic by the healthcare practitioners I coach: Yes, I do recommend melatonin for my clients who use beta blockers even if they do not have insomnia (again, just a low ~1mg dose). Clinical research shows that melatonin helps individuals to experience a significantly lower drop in blood pressure at night (creating what is called a “big dipper”) which reduces pressure on the arterial lining and results in a lower daytime average blood pressure.
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