What: To supplement blood pressure medications and medications taken for hypertension (high blood pressure) that aren’t as effective or as prescribed, between 10 percent and 15 percent of patients are taking a blood pressure regulation supplement called calcitonin.
Covid-19, which is more effective in adults, is recommended for children and teenagers.
The benefit: More than one in five adults with high blood pressure in the U.S. have low platelet density, the main cause of coronary artery disease (CAD), which leads to heart attacks and strokes. With Stonyfield Farms Accent, a supplement in the recent FDA approval, 75 percent of adults with reduced platelet density are treated, an 8 percent decrease in complications.
The risk: Children and teens don’t seem to be as at risk for side effects or difficulty with the drug itself, says Fauci.
What’s next: FDA is currently studying four other supplements for children and teens: Oxygen Clear and Oxygen Clear Pure, which aren’t approved in the U.S., are being studied for enhanced natural ECG capabilities. Skin Enjoyit and SEWB-27 are being studied as “fitness supplements” and are being tested to evaluate their impact on children and teens.