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Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses  
3 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Alena Sheriff (Miramar, Fl) on 01/27/2009

Hello all, it is good to see that there are others like myself looking for alternatives to meds. I am a 40 year old female and after a dnc surgery procedure my bp had escalated and now i am anemic. I have fought and warded off the advice of my docs to take the pills for a year but since have been suffering from bad headaches, and anemia. Therefore, i had to give in and started taking my meds as of jan 1,09. My bp has since increased rather than decrease. Recently on a dr's visit my pressure went up to 180/110. My doc then recommended that i double up on my dose from 5mg to 10mg. I am so happy i stumbled onto the suggestions on this site and tonight i started my first dose of 3tblspoon acv and 2tblsp of molasses. Will keep you posted on my progress. If this works, why haven't the doctors made reference to it? I have lost all beliefs in doctors. Thanks for allowing me to share, will check in next week Tuesday with updates.btw, my bp pressure tonight was 147/98

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
536 Posts
[YEA]   Alena, a simple D&C should not have caused bleeding to the point of anemia, and if you were anemic before surgery, it should have been corrected before doing it. Did the doctor mention any complications during the D&C? You might want to ask for a copy of the surgical report, to see if you can learn why you are anemic.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Reishi Mushrooms  
3 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Denise (Milwaukee, Wi) on 09/14/2010

[YEA]  I am using a combination of Apple Cider Vinegar (1 tblsp each AM) and 2 Reishi Mushroom (1 mg total) capsules daily and at 52 my blood pressure numbers have never been so good. The Reishi also helps with sleep and anxiety.

Replied by Rene
West Sussex
[YEA]   Hi,

I have just started on Reishi mushroom capsules, 1 per day. I must say that I have less stress, anxiety and feel happier and sleep better!

Can I ask if it affected your legs at all. My legs started to ache (but that could be lack of exercise - or sitting in an awkward position) I would love to hear from you or anyone else. ACV and Reishi seems a good combo. Do you take the 1tbs of ACV with water (and anything else)?

Replied by Tom
Los Angeles
Hi ,

Good to know Reishi mushroom lowers the BP. Once at the farmers market a very old chinese lady told me to drink Reishi Mushroom boiled in water to lower Blood Pressure.

I am wondering what brand of Reishi Mushroom are you taking.


Arginine, NAC  

Posted by Art (California) on 08/24/2014

I have posted the following link a couple of times here on EC :

I was wondering if there is any way it can be posted in the scrollable column for hypertension under either Arginine or NAC or both. When I look, there is no listing for arginine or nac, but I have posted it at least three times on the forum in reply to people who are looking to relieve their hypertension naturally. The last time I posted it was yesterday August 23,2014. It is a very effective and cheap protocol to relieve hypertension and it has other significant health benefits.

Thank you! Art

EC: Hi Art,

Done! Posted to our High Blood Pressure section. By the way, we have 2 pages for hypertension, one called "High Blood Pressure" and the other "Hypertension". Art's previous posts from 2012 can be found here:

Austrian Apple Juice  
2 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Vicarious (Vancouver, British Columbia) on 09/18/2008

[YEA]  1st time poster. Hello. 53, male, never drank, stopped smoking at age 30. Don't eat much potato chips or fast food at all etc. Thought I live and eat very healthy. Moved from South Africa to Canada a year ago. Am not a BIG exerciser but can do 30 sit up no problem. But sit a lot in front of the PC etc. Eat mostly Chinese or Fusion food 1m89 tall 92KG and here I am stuck with "HIGH BLOOD Pressure" dizziness very tired mornings. Need Melantonin to fall a sleep, otherwise can stay awake till wee hours. Can't give any personal feed back yet. Will start ACV now. But my grandfather in Austria used to drink one liter of natural Apple juice every day, for every second month (not the clear one). It looked like frosted in the glass bottle. He bought it from what they call in German the "Reform Haus" sort of Health shop 30 years ago. to keep his high blood pressure under control. Maybe someone has tried this I guess that is why the ACV is good for us also.

Replied by Tina
Montreal, Canada
if you often eat chinese food that could have a bearing on your HIGH BLOOD Pressure. if the food is cooked at home you can control what goes in it. if you eat at chinese resturants the food is loaded with msg and sodium in my experience. i love chinese but i dont do take away any longer because of this. i too would feel dizzy and my bp would go up and i would have awful headaches. hope this helps


Avoid Black Licorice  

Posted by Larry (Fairfax, Va) on 08/22/2015

As my blood pressure (Systolic) had usually been about 134, my B.P. suddenly rising to a high of about 174 was surprising. It turns out that for about a month or two, I was snacking a lot on black licorice. On the internet, I inadvertently came across that black licorice can cause high B.P. I immediately stopped eating it, and in a few days my pressure came back down to normal! My internist said that he was aware that black licorice can cause high blood pressure and there should be a warning sign on packages of black licorice. I understand that red licorice is not problematical, in that it doesn't contain a certain acid that is in black licorice.

Avoid Grains  
5 User Reviews | 1 SIDE EFFECT

Posted by Pluto (New York, Ny, Usa) on 07/31/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I had "idiopathic" high blood pressure, around 160/80 when I went to the doc for a far-removed complaint a couple of years ago. He gave me drugs. They lowered it, but I also felt shaky from them; I took them for about 5 months and suddenly I got a physical depression. It was the kind where I liternally could not get out of bed. It took superhuman strength to get myself out of bed and haul myself off to the doc who didn't get this at all.

I got in touch with a caridologist who gave me permission to stop the damn things.

By now, though, the depression was so bad I could not eat and I was losing wieght so rapidly I looked like a scarecrow and was literally falling out of my clothes (I hope it doesn't happen to you, but it really does happen -- you fall OUT of them. So weird).

What happened was this natural fast (it seems nature did impose this on me) allowed my BP to drop within a month to 123/80. Weird.

Long story short: I emerged from this drug-induced, last straw depression and started living normally again. Next doc visit, gee, BP was rising again.

Finally, I put 2 2 together. Divine inspiration. It must be my diet! I was vegetarian. You would think this is a good thing. Apparently, not for me. Grains were killing me. The mainstay of my diet. But they were something I was not eathing while not eating (see above). I was only eating cartons and cartons of yogurt back then.

Sooooo, I quit grains (flours, pastas, rice the usual, also potatoes) and sugars (including honey, etc) cold turkey. Next doc visit, 3 months later (I swore I would get bp down "naturally") I clocked in at 110/70. No meds.

OK, I dumped the grains and I eat fish and poultry. But look at the change! And my gums no longer bleed when I floss.

I am 55, female, slender. Five foot, five and a half inches tall. Type O . I always had a good figure even at my 140 lb high (I still looked slender. Good muscles, I guess) but doing the no-grains, no-sugar has reduced me to 125, just like that. No pain. (In case you're wondering -- no booze! )

I am sorry as all heck that I can't be a vegetarian. But I simply cannot.

Replied by Baldev
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
As per the blood goup diet. You being Group O, Non Veg. Diet will suit you better. so, you have done the right thing.


Replied by Pluto
New York, Ny, Usa
Hello, yes, thank you for your confirmation. Years before I'd read that type O blood needed meat and not grains. It seemed strange! It took me this long to figure it out, but I did it by myself using myself as my own guinea pig. Amazing. I wish more people would know about this. It would save so much agony out there. That's why I posted. I hope people can google and find the information.
Replied by Sheila
Ball Ground, Georgia
Hello, I study nutrition & holistic healing. You should read the book, "Wheat Belly". I got mine on for audio book or u can get on It is a proven fact that gluten (anything made w/wheat among some other grains contain gluten) causes the majority of the diseases in the world. Diabetes, HBP, Cholesterol-high, heart disease, obesity, psychosis, depression, anxiety... Unbelievable book that this cardiologist wrote after devoting many yrs of his life testing patients. After 20 days patients conditions basically clear up. He says that 90% of all gluten intolerant people don't even know they are. Many people don't register when they test. Yet, take them off the gluten & they clear up! :-) You gotta check into that. I have lost 40 lbs & not so bloated any more & my diabetes & HBP is now cleared up too. But, I have also adopted ACV mixed w/garlic & honey & it went down 30 points from my last visit & cinnamon is my big wonder cure for diabetes, look that one up too! Only take less than 1 tsp daily in warm water or in your tea or coffee split up in 3-4 cups (total 1 tsp--no more-important).

I am loving life w/healthy eating holistic healing. I just wish more people knew that just healthy foods, spices, herbs & vitamins & supplements are the key to good health & curing ailments & disease too! Btw, check out this movie! Amazing, .. Eye opener movies: "FAT, SICK, & NEARLY DEAD" (he cures all his diseases w/juicing in only 30 days literally/documentary) and also watch: "FOOD MATTERS" Harvard doctor tells how we can heal w/food over medicines. Medicine only bandages it food cures you. :-)

I know, I know, .. My husband says I can't save the world, but, I dang sure will try! :-) Good luck everyone & I hope this helps all who reads this. Sheila

Replied by Kavita
This is to Shiela from Ball ground Georgia. Tell your husband u definitely changed my family's and my life! I watched food matters and made changes to our diet.. my mother is cured of diabetes. Kavita

Baking Soda  

Posted by Linda Gitzlaff (Oconomowoc, Wi) on 04/25/2011

I am 60 years old with spondylosis and osteoarthritis with muscle involvement. I wake up about 2:30 a.m. with pain on rt. side upon movement and have been applying heat. By 8 a.m. pain is resolved. My question is will taking the baking soda cause my BP to rise... I am hypertensive. Can you suggest any other alternative treatment besides the D3 and the magnesium supplements?

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn.
536 Posts
Question: Have you tried MSM (methylsulfonyl-methane)? If not, you should and don't be afraid to take the larger dose.

1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Arsh (Jasper, Alabama) on 12/06/2011

[YEA]  Blood Pressure is a bit high? EAT BANANAS!

I just have to share this because it has worked for me and I am utterly amazed. I started having trouble with my blood pressure a couple months ago and I needed to bring it down. I started taking a super dose of D3, 5-htp to combat the associated anxiety, and Aspirin daily to help thin the blood.

It *helped* but I was still feeling bad often.

I started doing some research and found that potassium had been shown to significantly decrease the blood pressure issues so I decided to grab a bunch of bananas and give it a try. I've been eating one banana a day for over a week and my blood pressure has been so much better! I had been feeling like the veins in my arms were on FIRE some of the times, my emotions were hard to control etc. After eating a banana a day for only a couple days, those feelings diminished until I can barely tell I have a problem anymore. It has REALLY helped how I feel.

So definitely eat some bananas and give it a try if you have problems with your blood pressure! If you hate bananas, any source of potassium will do. Raisins, some canned tomato products... Etc. Just Google "Good Sourse of Potassium" for more info on what to eat. Good luck!

Be Careful With New Supplements!  
1 User Reviews | 1 WARNING!

Posted by Jackie (Grand Rapids, Minn) on 05/17/2009

[WARNING!]  about a month ago i started an amino acid for low mood and anxiety , suntheanine. it made me feel so calm, just wonderful. i can find no side effects noted on any website, however i believe it made my blood pressure go up.hindsight, i think it's wise to monitor your bp before and after starting any new supplement.because everyone is different. i was taking 100mg of suntheanine in the am and 200mg with 500mg gaba at night to rest better. i started waking up with a dull headache and a sickish feeling which prompted me to check my bp. usually 110/60 it was 136/86.i thought it was going to be too low! i stopped the suntheanine and gaba but my pressure still stayed up. today i took 2 doses of acv (2 tbsp with the sediment in it in water) and i started feeling like my old self my bp was 123/69 so i know i'm on the right track. it was reported on the mayo site that often prescription antidepressants cause the bp to go up and the cause is unknown. i figure maybe its the same with natural supplements too, just depends on the person.since i quit the suntheanine and gaba i don't wake up with a hangover feeling. my bp went up a couple of years ago when i took rhodiola and i stopped it

Beet Juice Protocol  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Ritap1 (Woodbridge, Virginia, Usa) on 09/19/2011

[YEA]  I have been having lots of problems with my blood pressure the last few month. I have been in the emergency room 9 times since July with redings as high as 245/139. I am on 4 different kinds of medication but the don't seem to work. My head is always hurting me and my stomach feel like I got poisoned. I all blame this on my teeth. In the first week of July I had 2 teeth extracted and 2 amalgam fillings removed and since then I never felt the same.

Yesterday I looked around on the net on what I can do to get some of my energy and my health back. I found the beet juice protocol and started it on the same day. I had 1 glass of beet juice with asparagus yesterday and one this morning, ate 2 apples and one carrot after the juice and I can't believe my bloodpressure today. Its been under 130 all day, I just measured again and it was 118/73. Yes I am still on meds but the meds never got my blood pressure down like that. I also had much more energy and actually got things done for a change.

Thank you Earthclinic!

7 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Deborah (Chantilly, Va, Usa) on 11/28/2011

Has anyone had any experience with beet juice for high blood pressure? I've read that the nitrates in beet juice are just as effective as taking nitrate tablets.

Posted by Robinchd (Vero Beach, Fl, Usa) on 09/03/2011

[YEA]  I had high blood pressure and did a bit of research on the internet and heard that beet root juice could take blood pressure down within an hour or so and keep it lowered for 24 hours. I went to a health food store and bought two bottles at $9.00 a bottle. I drank 1/4 of a cup and waited a while and then checked my blood pressure. It works. The only thing is you have to drink it every day to keep your blood pressure lowered, but I would rather drink a bit of beet root juice each day than to take a medication each day.

Purchasing it from a health food store is expensive so I went out and bought a good juicer ( initially an expensive purchase, but well worth it). I then began juicing l/2 of an organic beet every day along with other vegetables of my choice, and my blood pressure has actually come down to being on the low/normal side. I swear by this and can't believe that everyone with high blood pressure doesn't know about it, and wish I could let everyone know. Hopefully, on this site, it will help as many people as possible.

Replied by Jc
Boston, Ma
Beet juice will also detox your liver. Not a bad thing, but some may have some uncomfortable experiences if their liver is particuarly toxic and they hit the beet juice hard.

Posted by Lan (Atlanta, Ga) on 12/06/2009

[YEA]  I am surprised that no one has posted about drinking beet juice to control high blood pressure. I have been reading the EarthClinic testimonials like reading short stories novel :). I have used ACV to bring down fever from flu instantly on 4 occasions, so I was spreading the words about this site to anyone I know in the hope of sparing someone the agony of being sick with the flu. And my good intention has paid off! On Friday I went grocery shopping with my Mom. We were done, and instead of heading to the cash registers, my Mom pushed the cart around the vegetable section one more time. We stopped to look at the beautiful golden beets, she never had it before, and we were debating about trying it or not. A lady came and asked us about the gold beets, we said we did not know its taste, and she turned to the next bin and told us that the red beets are very good for the blood pressure. I pressed on and she said her husband was 179/99 and refused to take any medicine. Her son went on the internet to research and found that beets cure high blood pressure. For two and a half years now, she and her husband take 3 slices of beet a day and maintain a normal range. She said it can be boiled, pickled or roasted like a potato. I thank her and gave her this website address. Had we gone to check out 1 minute earlier, we would have missed her. Talk about good karma, I believe in it.

Now I am telling you about my Mom's story, she is 80 years old and always has high blood pressure despite her vegan diet. She had two strokes 7 years ago, almost did not make it. But luckily she recovered, her speech is still not 100% like before, but she carries a normal life now. After taking the dr's medicine for some time, she refuses to take them anymore. She said she was like half dead. One drug did not work, then another one, and that caused water retention, and another the drug to take care of that, and the numbers of pills kept piling up because of the side effects. At her check up 2 years ago, her blood pressure was 200/120, her Dr was bewildered and told me if anything happens call 911, don't come to her office. We did not see the Dr since. Mom tries to take care of herself, she peruses all the herb medicine catalogs with a dictionary because of her limited English, she orders all kinds of supplements and she is proud of herself. But her blood pressure stays on 177/99 on average. I used 1/2 a medium size beet, 2 thin carrots, and 1/2 a large apple. Put all in the blender with 3 cups of water. Pureed and poured it through a strainer and gave her 1 cup of juice before dinner and 1 before bedtime. This morning her reading was 164/98. After only two cups! I made another batch this morning with only 2 cups of water. After 1 cup and 1 hour later her latest reading was 161/96. I am so happy and eager to spread the words about this remedy to anyone out there who needs it. If you need more information about the beets, just look up "beets and high blood pressure".

Wishing everyone happy happy holidays.

Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
If she is on a strict vegan diet, it might be wise to check her b-12 levels.. There are a host of symptoms with regard to deficiency.. including a misdiagnosis for Parkinsons, which some have claimed is epidemic in the USof A.

Posted by Laura Oliver (Birmingham, AL) on 02/19/2009

whole beets or just beet juice to lower blood pressure.

A recent study found that 16oz of beet juice daily lowers blood pressure as well as meds.
The problem is beet juice is expensive.

Starting today I am eating a can of beets (rinsed to reduce sodium) a day. Anyone have any experience in this?

Does anybody have an idea why the study used beet juice instead of beets? Why not whole beets? Why arent whole cooked beets just as good as the juice for lowering BP? What make the juice "work" and not the whole beet. If the whole beet works how many would I have to eat a day to equal 16oz juice?

Any juicers out thers.....If I have to juice them-- what ratio? can I just put some raw beets in a blender?

my BP is high, but I want to give myself a few months to bring it down naturally so I am thinking this "beet" thing looks promising.


Replied by Dana
Toowoomba, Australia
G'Day, just want to mention that in Australia and in Canada one can buy beet (beetroot in Aus.) powder or crystals at the health food store and it tastes like fresh beet juice!


Posted by Oscar Donate
(Syracuse, New York) on 09/05/2014

For me the BHT keeps my blood pressure in healthy zone. Just got back from visit to health care provider. Latest numbers are 130 over 80 whatever that means. Was told that is good numbers. Also told cholesterol numbers very good.

I am a 65 year old and have been smoking cigarettes for 52 of those years. Also: I ran out of BHT a few years back and had high blood pressure. Once I obtained and began using BHT again my blood pressure quickly returned to healthy numbers.

I weigh 190 pounds and take 350 mg of BHT per day with a gulp of water on an empty stomach. That is what works for me....Oscar