My dad has been a runner his whole life. So when he injured a tendon in one of his feet and was no longer able to work out, his blood pressure got a little high.
(Healthy ranges are from 90-140/60-90)
It had been consistently 125/70 from age 25-45, went up to 130/80 at age 45, and crept to 155/90 in his late 50’s.
But at the age of 60 it got up to 157/93. Nothing super dangerous, but definitely a concern.
Dad paid a visit to a Doctor who immediately wanted to put him on blood pressure medication. Knowing the adverse side effects, he obviously didn’t want to, and the doctor agreed to let him first try exercising and losing 10-15 pounds to see if it made a difference.
He lost 5 lbs but saw no difference in his blood pressure. He is tall and lean, so obesity is not a factor here.
A few days later he was talking to a friend from a region of S. Africa where medical care and prescription drugs are extremely hard to get. His friend recommended that he take cayenne pepper. It is the only treatment available for high blood pressure in the community where he lives, and has proven to be extremely successful.
THE REGIMEN – CAYENNE PEPPER FOR LOWERING BLOOD PRESSURE
Starting with a BP reading of 157/93, at age 60, he did not lose any additional weight, and had not started working out:
1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper in 8 oz purified warm water or tomato juice – 3x per day for 3 days.
On day 3 he tested his BP and it was 135/75!
He continued taking one dose, once a day for a week. At the end of the week it had dropped to 125/70 - back to his 25-year-old blood pressure reading.
That’s a 32 point drop in 10 days!
He continued for another week and was shocked to find that his blood pressure was 116/65. That’s like 14-year-old soccer-player low.
By now his foot was healing and he said that since starting the cayenne treatment he had so much energy and was feeling so good that he started running again. I talked to him today and he said that he literally feels like he is in his early 20’s.
He is now 61 and maintains his blood pressure at around 125/70 by taking cayenne once a week or so, or by sprinkling it on his food a few times a week. He admits that his diet could be better. However, it remains stable even when he skips the cayenne for months at a time.
Ok, so I know what you are thinking, who can possibly drink straight cayenne? I hear that it takes a bit of getting used to! But if it is too much for you, cayenne is sold in capsule form. (Once capsule = roughly 1/4 tsp)
As a little extra motivation, here is a list of side effects of several prescription blood pressure medications; copied and pasted straight off the WebMD website, so there are some repetitions (emphasis mine):
Extra urination. Extra water out means more time in the bathroom. Take these medications earlier in the day and when you’re not stranded away from a bathroom, Erection problems in some men, weakness, leg cramps, or fatigue. Diuretics may decrease the body’s levels of the mineral potassium, which can lead to these side effects. Certain potassium-sparing diuretics do not have this effect, intense and sudden foot pain,which is a symptom of gout. This is rare. Asthma symptoms, Cold hands and feet, Depression, Erection problems, Insomnia and sleep problems. A dry, hacking cough that doesn’t go away. If you have this side effect, the doctor may prescribe another type of medication, skin rash and a loss of taste. Constipation, Dizziness, Headache, Irregular or very rapid heartbeat (palpitations), Swollen ankles. Anemia, Constipation, Dizziness, lightheadedness, or weakness when standing up suddenly or getting up in the morning (from a drop in blood pressure), Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Erection problems, Fever. Diarrhea, Dizziness, lightheadedness, or weakness when standing up suddenly or getting up in the morning (from reduced blood pressure), Erection problems, Heartburn, Stuffy nose….
Ok, I can’t copy and paste anymore, it’s too depressing! Not only do the medications have a litany of terrible side effects, it would seem that taking them may actually necessitate more prescriptions.
Cayenne has not only eliminated my dad’s symptoms, but has reversed whatever problem was causing it in the first place by actually cleansing the arteries and getting rid of the extra LDL cholesterol.
More positive effects of Cayenne:
It can also stop a heart attack as it is happening, aids in the rebuilding of stomach tissue and repairing ulcers and eliminating stomach tumors. And as opposed to the ED problems that the medication causes, cayenne can actually cause the opposite effect thanks to better circulation and blood flow throughout the entire body. It helps alleviate allergies and muscle cramps, and aids in detoxification. There is also documentation of it destroying prostate cancer cells.
The only side effects I can find of Cayenne is a non life-threatening allergy that occurs in an extremely small percentage people, so test a small amount before starting the regimen.
So why would any doctor recommend a pill rather than something as easy, effective, cheap, and health-promoting as Cayenne? It might be that they simply don’t know about it, as our government and educational systems who train our doctors rarely promote these remedies. More about that here.
live well. be well.