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Posted by Oscar (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

Replied by Sandra

Can you please tell me what BHT means?

EC: Hi! It stands for Butylated Hydroxytoluene

Please see this page for information: https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/BHT.html

Blood Pressure Readings

Posted by Gregg (Petoskey, Michigan, USA) on 02/27/2010

Would like to know if anyone knows (or can direct me to a website) any information on my blood pressure and the significance of the readings. My readings always show a top number that is considered high and the bottom number is normal or below. Typical readings will be as follows: 140/80, 130/68, 120/62 depending on time of day. Is this worse/better (or insignificant) than both readings being high. I just started using Apple Cider Vinager w/mother to try and bring top number down to normal. I am a 54 yr. old male with a resting heart rate of approx. 46 bpm and considered to be very athletic. (6'1", 195 Lbs. 34" waist/44" chest and eat a very healthy diet). Thanks in advance for your help!

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
510 posts

Hello Greg from Petoskey, Michigan,

I have read that the best way to keep a check on your blood pressure is to take it in the same arm, the same position, at the same time each day. Now that we have that out of the way, let's also add that our heart rates and our blood pressures vary with our activity and also with our emotions. When I looked at your readings, I felt envious. However I did wonder if that 140/80 occurred right after getting home through all that snow you guys have been getting lately. If it was, in the future have a seat and a hot cup of tea, kick your heels up and relax for at least 1/2 hour before checking your blood pressure. It has only been a few years that 140/80 was considered high. Before that it was a normal reading.

First off to explain 140/80: the 140 is called the systole and the 80 is diastole. The systole is pressure the blood exerts against the arteries during the pumping action of the heart, the diastole is the pressure exerted at rest between heart beats, so if one or the other has to be a little high, better the one with the pumping activity than the one at rest between beats. For dietary reference, 4 stems of celery per day is said to lower the blood pressure. Also read recently that eating 2 slices of beets (fresh, canned, or cooked) a day does the same. You might consider taking a B6 and magnesium supplement to lower the blood pressure should it go higher. There is a nonprescription tablet combining the 2 on the market. It is called Beelith tablets. If you go that route, 1 tablet morning and evening should do the trick, but if you are sure that your diet includes adequate amounts of these, you shouldn't need them, but there is a lot of controversy these days on whether our depleted soil is furnishing our plants with the nutrients they need. My own blood pressure has gone up lately despite being controlled for years with magnesium. After thinking it over, it probably is connected to emotions connected to Obama and his health care reform bill (and his deafness to the 63% who don't want anything to do with it).

Lots of people would love to have your readings and you must be very active (not just considered very active) to have a 46 resting pulse rate.

Replied by Gregg
(Petoskey, Michigan)

First, thanks Joyce from Tenn. for your responce and information! It's great to have people out there that are willing to help and share their experiences and knowledge. I started eating 4 stalks of celery approx. 10 days ago. (I will try the B6/Magnesium combination you spoke of). The highest b/p readings were in the evening after coming home from work. I am taking Apple Cider Vinegar (2 tablespoons) mixed with (2 tablespoons) of clover honey and one tablespoon of light brown sugar stirred in approx. 6 oz. of hot water. Tastes very good! (Hope the honey and sugar do not affect the benefits of the ACV) Again Joyce, thanks for taking the time to help me out.

Replied by Eve
(Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom)

Hi, I thought the diastolic reading was the most important and should be below 90.

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
510 posts

Hi Eve from Liverpool,

The ideal blood pressure reading for an young adult is 120/80. The upper number is systole (what pressure is exerted during pumping action and the diastole (pressure exerted during rest between pumping action). When looking at the numbers, you can readily see that a 20 increase in the systolic doesn't look nearly as frightening as when it occurs in the diastole (140/80 vs 120/l00) and your doctor is more likely to be concerned about the 120/100.

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
510 posts

Hello Gregg from Petoskey,

You are most welcome. I don't think your 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar will interfere with the action of the ACV, but that is a lot of sweetening for 1 cup or 6 oz water. Must taste kind of like syrup in those proportions. If you have a tendency toward insulin resistance (also known as Metabolic Syndrome X which ends up in diabetes mellitus-type 2) you might want to start cutting down on so much sweets. I have this problem myself, and find that my 2 tablespoons of ACV goes down very well in tomato juice with no sweetening. You might also want to work on reducing your aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG) in your foods. You won't be very successful with this until you learn all the names they hide MSG under. Aspartame is usually under NutraSweet or Equal, but MSG has a slew of names in the ingredients lists. You are going to find it very hard to find any salad dressing, tomato ketchup, sauces, broths, bouillion cubes or powders that don't have one or both. When eating out remember that anything made with a sauce or gravy is going to be loaded with one or both. If you search Metabolic Syndrom X on the internet you will find that it starts with excess insulin production - progresses onward through high cholesterol, over weight, high blood pressure to diabetes and all its compliciations including strokes and heart attacks.

One thing I didn't mention because you said you were a very healthy eater, if you are drinking carbonated beverages (I consider one a day, one too many) you need to switch to water, herbal teas or green tea instead. I have been sure since the late 70's that they aren't good for your kidneys, but it was only recently that I read something that might explain why. It seems that when sodium benzoate (preservative) and vitamin C are included in the same food or drink, a chemical reaction occurs that converts the sodium benzoate back into benzene, to find what havoc that can do in your body, just type benzene in the search window and enjoy reading. Cancer of the kidneys is one thing it causes. I have no trouble believing this as a great niece got a kidney transplant on my birthday in 2006 (thanks to cancer of the kidney) and my niece had part of one kidney removed for the same reason about 2 years ago.

Four children I saw in the clinic who were spilling protein in their urine convinced me that carbonated beverages damaged the kidneys when their proteinuria disappeared with having the parents take the kids off of all carbonated beverages, letting them only have milk, fruit juice or water to drink.

Replied by Karen
(Deland, Fl)

To Eve from Liverpool:

That's what we've been told, but unfortunately the information is very misleading and appears to be intentional. I found this article (I've listed below) very interesting, especially where it states that just four years ago high blood pressure was classified as 160/95.

"Here Are the Best Natural Cures for High Blood Pressure:

High blood pressure is classified as a systolic pressure of more than 140 and the diastolic pressure of more than 90. It's interesting to note that about 4 years ago, high blood pressure was classified as 160/95. The lowering of the standard has little to with health risks, and a lot more to do with how much money goes into the FDA, and the entire pharmaceutical industry. This is part of the reason that many of the natural cures for high blood pressure are not publicized. However, without much further ado, here are the best natural cures for high blood pressure:

Apple Cider Vinegar - This is a miracle cure for high blood pressure patients. Apple Cider Vinegar acts very fast, and you will start seeing a difference in your blood pressure within a week with it. You do not need any other medication for high blood pressure with apple cider vinegar.

Dosage - Take one full tablespoon 3 times a day for the best results.

Preparation - Nothing special. If it's too strong for you, you can mix it with a glass of water.

Recommendation - Buy an unpasteurized apple cider vinegar brand. A good one I know of is the _____s organic Apple Cider Vinegar.

Downsides - None as such. You might want to add in a bit of Sodium Bi-Carbonate to help provide the extra carbonates that your body will need due to the acidic nature of Apple Cider Vinegar.

This is easily one of the best natural cures for high blood pressure."

We know from reading EC that raw ACV has worked well for many. Thanks to the drug companies and their scare tactics we've been lead to believe we are all suppose to run somewhere around 120/80. More drugs, more money in their pockets. As if they need it, they are already a billion dollar industry.

Replied by Karen
(Deland, Fl)

Response to Joyce from TN -
Not this doctor, this was recently just posted:

"Dear Doctor Rief, I have had high blood pressure for 20 years. I have tried at least 14 different medications during all these years. In all this time I have never been able to get my pressure down to normal limits. My diastolic is always in the 90`s and the systolic in the 140`s. I am now 54 and worrying as time passes I am at risk of stroke or heart attack. I`ve had a stress/echo 18 months ago and it was normal. What can I do to get my pressure under control? I also suffer from GAD and currently take 5 mg. valium TID. I am under a lot of stress in my life and have been since first being diagnosed with high blood pressure. Problems with my marriage and relationship with parents and kids. I just want to be normal as now I am not able to drive due to the anxiety. Thank you for any advice you can offer

Doctor's Answer:
It is difficult to give specific advice without having complete data in an individual patient. However, a few points can be made:

Anxiety can cause or aggravate hypertension, and hypertension can cause anxiety. Some patients respond to counseling, while others respond to antidepressants.

At any rate, your blood pressure should be 130 systolic or lower. You can safely ignore the diastolic number, as it is not indicative of cardiovascular risk.

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
510 posts

Hello Karen from Deland,

This is a first for me. Never in 30+ years of working in the medical field have I heard any doctor or nurse say you can totally ignore the diastolic reading.

But knowing no more than we do about this person with the hypertension/stress/anxiety problems for 20 years, my reasoning would have been that stress depletes the body of the B vitamins, and that magnesium is an essential mineral our bodies need which also has a lot to do with our nerves, thus our stress and anxiety. You aren't going to cure the family problems with the the parents or the kids overnight, if ever. But the odds are that the level of stress and anxiety are causing a lot of those problems with the marriage, parents and kids.

If I were in this person's shoes I would probably make sure I was taking a good multivitamin/mineral supplement daily (probably one morning and one evenings for a week or two), a good stress tablet mealtimes and bedtime, and magnesium supplement of 400 to 500 mgm b.i.d. Once I was feeling better and pressure let up, I would wean myself off the Valium 5 t.i.d. Another thing our bodies need that has a lot to do with blood pressure also is potassium, and our modern day fast food dietary habits are likely to cause multiple deficiencies. Low potassium also causes an increase in stress and anxiety. A good way to tell if this is part of the problem, is to drink a big glass of fresh or frozen orange juice and see if you feel better for an hour or more afterwards. If so, add a potassium supplement to increase health immediately, but in the long run, improving ones dietary habits to increase these levels is going to be the most beneficial.

If problems with family, marriage, kids and parents continue, then the whole bunch of them need to learn to talk to each other, without accusations and anger, and if they can't do that without counseling, lets hope they find a good one.

Replied by Karen
(Deland, Fl)

To Joyce from TN: This was written by:

Director, Hypertension Section
Division of Nephrology & Hypertension
Department of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati

I think there are alot of things we have been told by the medical field that should be questioned. Unfortunately, the mistruths have grown thanks to the pharmaceutical reps. This particular doctor is an expert in the field of hypertension.

Replied by Donald

Your numbers are not high, despite what you're being told. The 120 number is an artificially low number set by big pharma to induce people into taking medication. The old standard used to be 140, before that it was 160.

Replied by Steve

I have had Hypertension for 20 years. I cured it by putting 4 stocks of celery and one banana in a blender with some water and drinking it once a day with a garlic supplement. My BP dropped 15 points.

Replied by Jillery
(Rawlly, Nc)
88 posts

I wish I could take ACV... even mixed with water it hurts my stomach so badly. I tried it with baking soda too. Rats.

Replied by Timh
2083 posts

Jillery: Problem solved, as you can purchase and take ACV in tablet form (which is my method). Many or most health-food stores should have the tablet or caplet form of ACV.

Breathing Technique

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Posted by Bill (Gilmanton, NH) on 03/28/2008
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I read about a machine that you can pay a lot if money for, which helps lower your blood pressure by a breathing technique. I learned this Yoga breathing technique which does the same thing. Breath in, (through nose) half way..12345, hold...12345, breath in rest of way...12345, hold..1-5, Breath out half way through lips, 1-5, hold...1-5, finish emptying lungs as slowly as possible through pursed lips. Do 8 rounds of this. 8 is the Chinese lucky number. It is also the symbol for infinity when turned sideways. The object is to take longer on the exhale than on the inhale. I find that I can lower my BP quite a bit with this method. ...Bill

Replied by Olare
(New York, New York)

Bill wrote about breathing techniques as a way to beat high blood pressure.That seems like something i can use traveling on the train. can you tell me more about how to do the technique

Breathing Tecnique

Posted by Mmc (Emigrant, Mt, Usa) on 03/09/2012

Approaching the HBP problem from a seemingly different angle, if you seaerch "Buteyko" you will find the work of a Russian who concluded that the issue is caused by excess oxygen taken in by excessive and erratic breathing, which oxygen then becomes free radicals, highly destructive.

The body creates HBP to stop it from burning up from excess oxygen. Compare it to a deep sea diver who has to carefully monitor his intake of CO2 and oxygen. Similarly do we. there is much reading and practices one can do to heal HBP thru correct breathing- not "deep breathing".

I understand that ACV works because the hydrogen protons in it [ pH is best understood as "hydrogen potential power for the number of protons available for dealign with oxygen] .

So increase your hydrogen to counter oxygen, and/or reduce your breathing to where it ought to be, and the need for the body to manifest HBP and many other conditions will vanish.

Manage your breathing and it will drop 40 points quickly.

Calcium Carbonate

Posted by Azchuck (Medford, Or) on 01/21/2014

I've noticed that chewing and swallowing two to four generic Tums (calcium carbonate) results in an almost immediate drop of about 20 to 25 points in my blood pressure. Does this indicate inflammed stomach linings and what diet change would be most effective? Many thanks.

Replied by Timh
(Ky, Usa)
2083 posts

Azchuck: This seems like an Acidosis issue; which is also a mineral deficiency issue. I would recommend a Mineral supplement like Cal/Mag/Potassium taken as directed. If you are using traditional processed salt (sodium chloride) drop it and begin using Iodized Sea Salt and or Himalayan Pink Salt as both of these real salts also have many other major and trace minerals which are lacking in the diet.

Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium

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Posted by April (Quakertown, Pa) on 06/24/2013
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After beginning to have high blood pressure early in pregnancy (not too high, but alarming at 140/90), I had heard that Magneisum might be the key to getting it back down. I was already taking calcium and getting potassium, so it was magnesium that I thought might do the trick. I started consuming 3 squares of 100% cacao baking bar with a little raw honey spread on for taste. The next time I went back for a checkup, my blood pressure was back down to 116/70 and has stayed there. I HIGHLY recommend this tactic. It has also cured my leg cramps I get at night from being pregnant. If I don't have my chocolate, my cramps will come back, so I know it's the chocolate. It's important to spread the consumption of the chocolate throughout the day so that you are not getting too much caffeine in one sitting. I usually have one after breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A great, healthy desert!

Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium
Posted by Dee (Birmingham, AL) on 05/13/2006
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I recently visited the local health food store. I started taking one supplement called Calcium Magnesium Potassium (I won't name the brand name). I have been taking it for about three weeks now. I recently checked by blood pressure at a doctor's visit and it was very normal (124/78). My blood pressure hasn't been this normal in years.


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Posted by C.M. (Houston, Texas) on 02/15/2020
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Cayenne Pepper Extract does a better job for High Blood Pressure than the capsules, in my opinion.

Ginger Tea with garlic water will also address the inflammation involved with HBP issues. Using all (3) will give you the long term results you're looking for.

Posted by Eleasha (Australia) on 09/21/2017
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I have had high blood pressure problems and just started taking Cayenne Pepper, half teaspoon of powder in some warm water, my bp is now 116/75! Its miracle stuff! I haven't been in the normal range for years! I highly recommend Cayenne Pepper Powder if you want to naturally lower your bp -- be careful though of the heat rating and the amount you use, start low 35,000 units and work your way up the heat scale slowly. The results are amazing!!

Posted by Ladyliza (Los Angeles) on 12/04/2015 31 posts
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Cayenne is wonderful and it works well for HBP. I take cayenne in a tincture form. I didn't like the pills because when they break up in your stomach..ouch! The tincture can stop a heart attack in 60 seconds with the correct amount. I took 2 drops in a little milk just before my last doctor appt, and when the doc took my BP it was 115/70. It is usually 133/90. Now I take it daily with a drop/day. Buy it online if you can't find it.

Cayenne and Garlic

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Posted by Carrie (Kuwait, Middle East) on 08/27/2006
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I had a heart attack 1 and half years ago. 3 nights ago I experienced pains and was hospitalized and found to be suffering once again with a heart condition. I searched the internet and came across your site. Thank you for an amazing treasure of cures and remedies. I used 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a tablespoon or two of honey in rather large glass of boiling water. I found the taste really delicious! I swallowed crushed clove garlic with this drink and truly my heart settled almost instantly and my BP is normal! To all heart sufferers, this is an amazing remedy to try, you only benefit from it. I intend having this daily probably for the rest of my life!

Cayenne Pepper

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Posted by HisJewel (New York) on 10/05/2021
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Greetings EC,

My Aunt is 85 weights about 102 pounds, and she is a smoker. She is a strong woman and as I have said before, she can tie her own shoes. The only medicine she is on is blood pressure medicine. When my aunt had a complaint of being dizzy, I took her pressure it was 154 over 93. Her heart rate was 144!

I had her to do the breathing exercises and gave her a magnesium supplement, which helped to lower her pressure and got her heart rate down to 100. However when she arose the next day we had to fight the same battle with heart rates of 138,119,133. Her heart rate would go down with the breathing exercises and slowing creep back up.

She woke up the third morning with a fast heart rate of 144 once again, however her blood pressure was 130/89. But I said this means war! I remembered that in 2020 we used to give her cayenne pepper capsules, this kept her normally high blood pressure on the low side. When she ran out we did not continue it. Someone needed to be there to monitor it. So remembering cayenne pepper, I got the hot sauce bottle out of the cabinet. I put about two tablespoons in a half cup of water with a spoon of molasses. She said this is bitter. So I added a half teaspoon of sugar and she drank the mixture down. Ten minutes later, I took her pressure again, it was 146/84 with a heart of 79. Seventy-nine what a big drop from 144.

Before the day was over her blood pressure went down to 120/66. We took her to the doctor the same day, they gave her an EKG. The doctor said her heart rate was good, but that he would order more test. A week later without giving her anymore cayenne pepper her heart rate was still in the safe zone below 100, her blood pressure has remained good so far as well. So a now and then dose of Cayenne Pepper will be what we use for Auntie.


Replied by Christine
(New Jersey)

I get heart palpitations all the time. I had all tests run, and they all came back fine. Did you use powdered cayenne or liquid? Do you think this will help with just a fast heart beat?


Do you have panic attacks as well? Meditation on peace, love, and joy are a major plus in self-healing and good health.

(New York)

Hi Christine,

Greetings from HisJewel

I used hot sauce. I poured about two tablespoons of hot sauce in a half cup of water and stirred in a teaspoon of molasses to regulate my aunt's heart rate. I was in fighting mode because of the stubbornness of her heart rate. Others may want to start with a tablespoon. Please take note of the effect of hot sauce on her blood pressure. Take notice that after drinking the hot sauce drink the top number went up first before it went down. Before blood pressure 130/89 with heart rate 144, After the drink blood pressure 146/84 heart rate 79. By the evening, her blood pressure was 120/66. That is just something to watch for. With all of that said and done balance your electrolytes as well as you can.

Strong coffee gives me heart palpitations; also dehydration can cause heart palpitations. When I used to do extensive fasting (3 days and 3 nights, no food and no water, sometimes I would get heart palpitations from lack of fluids and the electrolytes they bless us with.

Read about electrolytes in the following article:


Cayenne Pepper
Posted by Tg (Tn ) on 11/29/2013

I am currently on 2 different blood pressure medicines daily and would like to try cayenne pepper to lower my blood pressure and get off these meds. I don't know whether it's better to start with the pepper while taking the meds and see what happens or just not take my meds the day I start using the pepper. Any feedback about this would be greatly appreciated.

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee, Usa)

Dear Tg,

I would personally not suggest quitting your meds cold turkey. I think I would try adding some cayenne and monitoring the results and then begin to wean off meds. Are you able to monitor your BP at home? This way you would be able to try and make your switch over gradually and safely.

Since the goal would be to take 1 teaspoon of cayenne daily, try 1/3 teaspoon in some water or juice once a day for a few days. If it makes your BP go lower, you could perhaps reduce your meds some. However, since Cayenne is normalizing to the circulatory system, it may not actually make your BP too low. If you get up to 1 teaspoon per day with no changes, then go ahead and begin to reduce the meds. Just go gradually. Reduce one medicine by 25 % for a few days, then 50% for a few days, etc.

Also, as you increase the cayenne, I would take it in divided does. Start with 1/3 teaspoon per day. Then 1/3 teaspoon twice a day, then 1/3 teaspoon there times a day. Perhaps for convenience you could move to 1/2 teaspoon twice a day.

Meanwhile, keep reading Earth Clinic stories as to how others have used diet and other things to control and solve BP problems.

I am not a doctor, just going by our own experience with using natural medicines.

Let us know how it goes!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Tg

Thank you Mama to Many. I am just a little confused, when you said if I get up to 1 teaspoon per day with no changes to go ahead and begin to reduce the meds. If there are no changes and I reduce my meds wouldn't my bp go higher again? This was probably a dumb question, but I just want to make sure I understand everything.

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee, Usa)

Hi Tg,

Not a dumb question at all...here is what I was thinking...if you get up to the 1 teaspoon dosage of cayenne with no changes, you won't know until you start weaning from meds if it is contributing to a stable BP number. (Since cayenne is a normalizing herb, it might not lower it further. People respond differently to things....so there isn't a one size fits all solution to most problems.) If you get to 1 teaspoon a day and start weaning from meds and your BP goes up, you will know that cayenne is not the solution for you. At that point, you would just want to continue the meds as you have been and perhaps look in to something else.

If the cayenne does reduce your BP before getting to the full dose, you could go ahead and start weaning. You just want to do all of this slowly (increase cayenne slowly, decrease meds slowly) so you don't have any dramatic changes happening.

I hope that makes sense.

Keep us posted!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Ed2010

Hello Tg from Tn

From my observation, Cayenne increases the Blood Flow, increasing blood flow is initiated by increasing the blood pressure. IMHO, cayenne is not the right herb or food for High Pressure. There are many reasons for High Pressure Mineral Imbalance, Increased Fat in Body, In many cases the body increases itself the pressure so as to maintain the balance and blood flow. If mineral Imbalance is the cause of your blood pressure then take Prune Water which I mentioned in the HBP page. However, if you want to try Cayenne It won't hurt, try from little 1/4 th tsp in a glass of water one time a day. Simultaneously, monitoring your pressure in Home. Good Health

Replied by Timh
(Ky, Usa)
2083 posts

Cayenne is good for hbp but is best used in conjunction w/ other herbs like Hawthorn, Garlic, and Ginger. There are a number of herbal formulas w/ these in combination for healthy circulation. Raw Celery is also recommended (be sure to wash thoroughly).

Replied by Beberobozo
(New York)

Hi, I have high blood pressure and on some meds but feeling I don't want to get off just yet.. Besides I cant cut the pill so much.. Its very small....Anyway; the meds barely work so I have integrated Taurine, Olive Leaf, Beet root and the miracle mineral magnesium... so far its all working okay. There are days though I do add a tablespoon or two of Apple cidar vinegar.. My bp is strange though when I am under stress of course it goes up...

I would to next do the L Argenine ...

Okay My experience with cayenne was interesting ... I was using it one morning before I went to doctors office for bp check and it actually made my bp higher... It def. makes the heart stronger and all because I can feel it when I use it in my heart and pulse.. Okay so now I just do a few sprinkles of it on food during the day but not much..so going to experiment with that.. I like all the suggestions but for me and from experience I would just be a bit vigilant with cayenne and see what happens.. Like I said it did not lower my bp .. it made it higher I am assuming because its quite powerful....Like someone said we are all different and each person has to find their own natural way... I am still trying to find what is best for me.

Personally I think the only way is to keep checking on yourself and genetic testing but that cost money.. Good Luck

(Batavia Ny)
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Yep me too. I can't take cayenne. Drank V8 tomato juice with hot cayenne in it only had one small glass and my bl pr went up over 40 points. A few months ago I tried drinking a glass of water with a quarter ts of cayenne and the same thing happened. Bl pr rose to over 170/95!! I guess I just can't take it.

Arginine does not work for me either. I took 6 grams divided 3x a day for four whole months and still bl pr high. I am in age 60's now. Going to see a holistic md next wk. I was at the er last nite cuz my bl pr was 195/116. I was freaking out., and this is with a bl pr pill which I normally only take half. But a whole one does not work either. I am trying the Apple Cider Vinegar now and will buy some beets and just eat one raw.

Replied by Eric
(Hamden, CT)

Just take it, stop the medications for a day, take it 3X a day with honey and lemon juice and you should be fine cause I do it.

Replied by Sam
(Miami, Florida)

I and everyone in my family carry Cayenne pepper with them at all times. In case of heart attack or stroke, HBP it saves lives.

Replied by Jim
(Rocklin, Ca)

I have a similar situation with BP. It's hereditary for me. I walk 45 min a day for the bottom number. I drink beet shakes (add fruit to sweeten) for the systolic. U can buy them already peeled and prepped for a couple of bucks, shrink wrapped. I drink lots of water every day. I stay away from added sodium. Hang in there and keep on trying!

Replied by Al
(Miami, Florida)

I wonder how is your lipids levels. I used to be like you until I took a fight against my cholesterol level and triglycerides, then my blood pressure came down to almost normal 139 over 65. I used to run 189 over 80. Now I take amino acids such as MSM, L taurine, L cysteine. It has helped me a lot.

Replied by Louisa
(Pittsburg, Texas)

I ordered COOL CAYENNE online.

Cayenne Pepper
Posted by Marthas (Zeerust, North West South Africa) on 11/01/2011
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It has been a week since I've been using cayenne pepper and also a hypertensive, I must say that the health benefits are out of this world. I take half teaspoon with a quarter coldwater every morning with no side effects. Thanx to all tips about cayenne pepper.

Cayenne Pepper
Posted by Maria (San Francisco, CA) on 06/13/2009
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i was wondering about the virgin coconut oil...it was mentioned that it is not recommended for people with high blood pressure, and i was wondering if that applies to the oil applied externally as well as internally? (as in the rubbing of the feet and calves before bed)... because i do not have high blood pressure but my boyfriend does, or used to at least...we have had some success with cayenne pepper (1 tblspn twice a day)...btw he is less prone to lose his temper because i think your temperament and patience is affected by the blood pressure (and vice versa)... so my other question is if you know that your blood pressure is now lowered from taking the cayenne (its been about a month now), must one continue taking it indefinitely? also we have been making kombucha at home and we notice less desire for caffine and more energy, better skin...

we would recommend using silver needle white tea, as the taste is great combined with the kombucha, champagne-like, and it has the more anti-oxidants than black or green tea. thanks, Maria

Replied by Maria
(San Francisco, CA)

this is an amendment to an earlier post i wrote about cayenne pepper lowering my boyfriend's blood pressure. i wrote that he took 2 tblspns a day but i was wrong- he actually takes 1 tsp. a day, spilt up into 1/2 tspn twice a day. the way he does it is by wrapping it in a little tissue paper and swallowing it, and then drinking or eating something that coats the stomach, like milk (before or after...you start to build up more of a tolerance for it after awhile. we were going to buy the gelatin capsules but they seemed sort of expensive.

also while i was at it i wanted to mention that honey (raw is best i think) works well for mosquito bites, cuts, and skin irritations, like skin tabs on the edges of your nails, just put a little bit directly on the skin and its stops the itch and helps it heal faster. i think it also helps for wounds, though doesn't stop the bleedinng like cayenne. thanks and sorry about the mistake earlier!

Replied by Trea
(Shirley, New York, Usa)

Need some help please. My husband has extremely high blood pressure. He was hospitalized for it more than 6 times in 2008 and about 4 times in 2009. We changed his diet a couple of years ago so he is eating much healthier and he dropped 25 lbs. His medication has been switched so many times over the past few years that he has probably been given almost every type of BP medication out there. He has also been on diuretics but they had to be stopped because they were draining his system of potassium and water too much and he would cramp up in his legs and arms.

He is 6'3" weighs 225 and his BP is generally 160/100 on his medication. When he goes through periods of skipping medication because he's fed up with it his pressure goes even higher. We have tried the ACV 2 tbsp with 12 oz water twice a day and it is not working for him. His high blood pressure is hereditary both of his parents had it. It also has to do with salt because whenever he's not home and eats something processed which usually has high sodium content his pressure goes even higher. I don't believe salt is the only problem though otherwise when we changed his diet it should have helped more. He eats plenty of salads eats mostly chicken or fish. Drinks plenty of water. He is lactose intolerant so we use rice milk. He loves vegetables raw and steamed.

I am going to try the Cayenne Pepper but I have a question. Can you use the Cayenne Pepper seasoning that you buy in the supermarket in the baking aisle or does it have to be fresh? My supermarket does not have fresh cayenne pepper. Are the capsules better or does it make a difference? If anyone has anything else that they think might help, I'm open to suggestions.

Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

I use the cheap cayenne from the spice isle and the effects are efficacious.. But with regards to high blood pressure... Seven cloves of garlic the first night six the second and so on down till two if you maintain at two cloves, the blood pressure should be normal along with the other health benifits this herb gives.. Sprinkle the chopped herb over food.. Take parsley for garlic breath!

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