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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  1. @user-lb6dh4xd9p on April 14, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you for your sharing this ❤❤❤

    • @Drberg on April 14, 2024 at 1:41 pm


  2. @i.mahdihosseini on April 14, 2024 at 12:02 pm

    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.

    • @jillonajourney3346 on April 14, 2024 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you!

    • @i.mahdihosseini on April 14, 2024 at 12:59 pm

      @@jillonajourney3346 no problem!

    • @shuxiongbao2698 on April 14, 2024 at 1:23 pm


    • @Harry-Sachs on April 14, 2024 at 3:41 pm

      Ty. First place i look for is a recapl lol

    • @christ.4977 on April 14, 2024 at 4:55 pm

      Dr. Berg missed one thing. You lose zinc through sweat. That might explain why the sunbelt states suffer this deficiency more.

  3. @mammywilson6288 on April 14, 2024 at 12:12 pm

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

    • @Drberg on April 14, 2024 at 1:32 pm

      Glad to help!

    • @34thncrenshaw on April 14, 2024 at 7:07 pm

      @@Drberg does zinc make your loads bigger?

  4. @Kees247 on April 14, 2024 at 12:14 pm

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

    • @jacogillmer5943 on April 14, 2024 at 3:04 pm

      🎉😂 1:52 p😢o 1:52 plo😢o

    • @lars2894 on April 14, 2024 at 3:28 pm

      Note that this is not limited to Copper. Dr. Berg always recommends adding “ALL trace minerals” and taking them on and off when treating just one trace mineral deficiency. So for example, if you have a boron deficiency you should take extra doses of Boron x2-3 its DV + an all-encompassing Trace Mineral Complex daily for two weeks, then get off for the next two weeks, and take it again for another two weeks etc.

    • @Queeniej53054_notmyDOB on April 14, 2024 at 6:11 pm

      Got any lids for that container?!

  5. @C.N.1 on April 14, 2024 at 12:16 pm

    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! 👊

    • @jewellsmith9499 on April 14, 2024 at 12:38 pm

      And I follow you!!

    • @deva190 on April 14, 2024 at 12:45 pm

      Look at the size of some fruits now..


    • @brightbright6768 on April 14, 2024 at 1:28 pm

      This is funny but true….stay away from those shiny fruits and veggies 😂

    • @carrier7399 on April 14, 2024 at 3:33 pm

      @@deva190 Yes, huge, and they look beautiful, but no flavor!

  6. @OhWel on April 14, 2024 at 12:21 pm

    When people get dehydrated it’s not due to lack of water it’s due to lack of salt.

    • @deva190 on April 14, 2024 at 12:46 pm

      Salt has been demonized thus problems persist.

    • @thedarkage187 on April 14, 2024 at 1:00 pm

      @OhWel – Yes indeed that’s why I brought some Real salt like Seltic salt or Real salt I’ll put some on my tongue and drink a half bottle of water and my pressure goes down after about 3 minutes.

    • @tedrudiselle7802 on April 14, 2024 at 1:46 pm

      Sole water for cellular hydration

    • @Bambina336 on April 14, 2024 at 6:32 pm

      Your BP goes down when you take salt? How often do you have to do that?

    • @brittanyl1637 on April 14, 2024 at 6:50 pm

      ​@@Bambina336look up Barbara O’Neill Celtic sea salt videos. I couldn’t find Celtic sea salt, so I use pink Himalayan salt.

  7. @sn7miller on April 14, 2024 at 12:32 pm

    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 on April 14, 2024 at 1:10 pm

      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 on April 14, 2024 at 3:07 pm

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

    • @carrier7399 on April 14, 2024 at 3:36 pm

      @@maryalicecoleman4661 I have had low blood pressure my whole life, too, but have never really been obese.

  8. @nicholassteel5529 on April 14, 2024 at 12:33 pm

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

    • @jaggaraolaveti.72 on April 14, 2024 at 3:13 pm

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

    • @34thncrenshaw on April 14, 2024 at 7:07 pm

      lost my smell from coke not zink

  9. @Homoprimatesapiens on April 14, 2024 at 12:40 pm

    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.

    • @jodihartsfield on April 14, 2024 at 3:04 pm

      Health boffins?? 🤔

    • @Queeniej53054_notmyDOB on April 14, 2024 at 6:12 pm

      @@jodihartsfieldThink he meant buffoons. 😂

    • @Queeniej53054_notmyDOB on April 14, 2024 at 6:12 pm


    • @Homoprimatesapiens on April 14, 2024 at 6:37 pm

      @@Queeniej53054_notmyDOB Boffins = experts.

  10. @michaelcalibri3620 on April 14, 2024 at 12:41 pm

    Dr Berg is the Goat. Brilliant!

    • @Drberg on April 14, 2024 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you so much!

  11. @K8JOY on April 14, 2024 at 12:43 pm

    Zinc! NOT Doritos.
    Got it.

    • @Mr.majic_cracker on April 14, 2024 at 5:32 pm

      Damn eh

    • @mabelukpong3885 on April 14, 2024 at 5:46 pm

      😂 Please be serious

    • @34thncrenshaw on April 14, 2024 at 7:06 pm

      100, wtf he talking bout

  12. @romb1818 on April 14, 2024 at 12:51 pm

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

    • @bogdang.7627 on April 14, 2024 at 1:02 pm

      and you sleep better at the same time

    • @annrhodes3544 on April 14, 2024 at 3:58 pm

      @@bogdang.7627 Well, not while he’s actually walking!!

  13. @sabamba112 on April 14, 2024 at 12:52 pm

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

    • @lucylu9792 on April 14, 2024 at 12:57 pm


  14. @Dg-zt3lv on April 14, 2024 at 12:53 pm

    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.

  15. @australianwoman9696 on April 14, 2024 at 12:53 pm

    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 on April 14, 2024 at 1:42 pm

      Should have took vaccinations 💉 in first place smh!

    • @mmwosu on April 14, 2024 at 1:52 pm

      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.

    • @tejinderkaurrajpal890 on April 14, 2024 at 3:17 pm

      Can i give my mum a zinc supplement.. She is a hyperthyroid patient..

    • @annemurphy9339 on April 14, 2024 at 3:47 pm

      May I ask how he “vitamises” them? Tks!

    • @SHERRY0010 on April 14, 2024 at 4:11 pm

      @@TheRios7018He did take them . That was the problem .

  16. @k3rc4 on April 14, 2024 at 1:19 pm

    “You’re really looking for zinc, not doritos.” well, that sent me.

  17. @andersonvisnieski6403 on April 14, 2024 at 1:21 pm

    I fixed my father’s hypertension using magnesium

    • @nourabdel-hady8678 on April 14, 2024 at 5:08 pm

      Tell us more details please

    • @matbienczyk452 on April 14, 2024 at 6:13 pm

      How long did it take? I’ve been taking magnesium for a few months now for better sleep, but recently had BP hit 160, and otherwise avg 130

  18. @miranda6253 on April 14, 2024 at 1:21 pm

    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)

  19. @charlotte1366 on April 14, 2024 at 1:50 pm

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

  20. @Lee-ofar on April 14, 2024 at 4:12 pm

    I started watching you a few years ago because I had hypertension and wanted to avoid medication. Following your advice of keto and intermittent fasting got rid of that and I feel much better overall. Thank you!

    • @Drberg on April 14, 2024 at 6:54 pm

      Excellent. Thanks for following my advice. Stay safe.

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