lower your blood pressure naturally, quickly, and cheaply

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, DepressionErection 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.  ConstipationDizzinessHeadache, 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), DrowsinessDry mouthErection problemsFeverDiarrheaDizziness, 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.

True healing.  

Having a healthy Papa makes quite a few people around here very happy!

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.

32 thoughts on “lower your blood pressure naturally, quickly, and cheaply

  1. That is fantastic news, Lindsay! This natural remedy reminds me of using saline irrigations for sinus infections in lieu of antibiotic Rx which do not really work. I attended an in-service lecture by a world renowned immunologist at National Jewish Hospital in Denver where I worked and he said the most effective cure for sinus infections was salt water because it destroys all germs in your sinus cavities. Why is it not prescribed more often? No $$$ in it for pharma and patients did not believe it could work because it was just salt they had in their kitchen. They wanted a shot or a pill.

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  3. Controlled diet, exercises and herbs are alternative treatments for hypertension or high blood pressure. Hypertension occurs due to excessive pressure exerted on the walls of arteries. Commonly found causes of hypertension are genetic reasons, poor diet, unhealthy lifestyle, lack of exercises, side effects of medicines, bad habits and obesity. These causes either push heart to pump blood with higher pressure, promote blockages in arteries or harden walls of arteries, due to these problems pressure of blood remains higher than healthy limits and cause severe damage to health including life threatening conditions.;

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  6. I’ve got a minor surgery coming up in a month, and have moderately high blood pressure my whole life (first record at 15 yrs old). I’m 5ft 9in male. 165 lbs and approx 11% body fat. I’ve been active my whole life with sports (3 days / week), have a consistent diet (minus splurge days). When my PE coach in highschool noted i had “high blood pressure for my age” it was a bit of a concern. I never really thought about it that much until college. Most the doctors I approached about the issue said more or less “your fine” with BP 145 / 88. Hmmm that does not seem fine… After doing some web based research I’m looking forward to trying this process. Already the Cayenne is a bit spicy for my taste buds, but I’ll endure. The other recipe i read about was Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. I’ll keep you posted as to the success.

    Only one question, do I need to drink the cayenne that sinks to the bottom of the glass? it’s a bit gross.

    Thanks,
    Dan

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  8. Happy Thursday Lindsay,
    Today I had been on Google looking up information on Cheyenne Pepper. I’ve been told I should use it before going to an ENT and although I’m literally months and months late in trying it. I finally decided to start not to mention hearing it’s great in lowering blood pressure and much more. I just so happened to come across your blog, which I think what really grabbed my attention was the reality of those REAL pictures you posted of your dad and then I began to read. I’ve been seeking wisdom in this and when I reading, I was very touched by the love that you have put into this blog and the information you gave to your dad. I have been doing the same thing with my dad telling him of home remedies to try and it’s neat that he then tells me of what he’s heard about as well so it’s a great relationship that is evolving on health awareness. Granted having medical experience I have heard so much and had never really done any of them for long periods of time so I don’t have that experience in whether it works or not. Yet, today I decided to start being proactive and after reading a little bit during my prayer time, I read procrastination could be your worst enemy. Yikes, something I knew but needed to have HS bring back to my remembrance. I want to thank you for the blog and to see how easy it is to start a blog. I have been even thinking of doing that but again had my worst enemy the Procrastinator meddling around. I think by taking that first step in making my first cup of hot water with little cayenne pepper and removing the fear of the burning sensation I thought I’d encounter. I decided to enjoy a little reading while I had. I think the Lord always knows exactly what will grab our attention and what will move us into the next step on our path. Thank you for the blog and for the encouragement you’ve given to another person who encourages. Sometimes we also need that refuel for ourselves. It’s been refreshing! ~Joy
    Prov 3:5-6

  9. Awesome article and im mega pleased its turned your dad into a teenager once again… Cayeene is indeed a little treasure as is turmeric… natural things rock dont they!

    Thanks for this website Lindsay…
    Love from Paul

  10. Dear Lindsay, God bless you for being a blessing. I am 50 years and have systolic hypertension with an average reading of 180/75. Sometimes 140/70. The readings are not very consitent. Do you think Cayenne pepper will help?

    • I would say it’s absolutely worth looking into! I would not advise you to stop taking medication, and if you have a doctor who is monitoring your health, you should talk with him/her about this option! Thank you for your kind words!!

  11. My 36 year old husband just found out he has really high blood pressure and his doctor wants him on blood pressure meds. We are not excited about this so we decided to look into other natural remedies. We got the cayenne tablets because he can’t tolerate the heat in his mouth. I’ve got high hopes for this. I’m 37 and being from South Louisiana I eat as much cayenne pepper as people dump sugar in their coffee. Love that stuff. My blood pressure today was 97/57. I have never had a single allergy and I normally feel really good. I started taking it when i had strep throat on vacation and couldn’t get to antibiotics. It was gone the night I started dumping it into my soup. Also, both my dad’s side and my mom’s side of the family suffer from high blood pressure and allergies. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I don’t have issues with either. So glad your dad is well! :)

  12. Thank You so much for posting this! I am a 41 year old and is a little bit down and out but is trying to make this a good year a do better/live better like I used to and stay that way. I have heard so much about cayenne pepper before and is anxious to try it, and I WILL get back with you and let you know how I took it and how much. I am probably going to do a baseline of what your father did and then reduce it to once a week. I am going to follow his guideline and see how it goes. Love the pics of the baby and your father by the way and Happy New Year to you!

      • Hello Ms. Bentley!
        I don’t know if you remember me but I am the one that stated I would try and follow your father cayenne pepper guideline regarding my high blood pressure. Well it worked!! Oh Yes, I can’t believe it. What I did was take a tsp. full then drank behind it lemon juice or tomato etc.. It is hot to the tongue so I found instead of putting it in the juice I had better results drinking the juice behind it and the tsp I take isn’t a heaping amount.
        I have also started light exercises too. I take mine in the morning and I feel just great!

    • I haven’t researched it for bp, but I do know that around 80% of americans are mag deficient. The best way to replenish your system is through foot soaks with magnesium oil (it can get you back to where you need to be in 30 days as opposed to 3 years with oral supplements!) I used the oil sold by Health and Wisdom, but I know some folks who made their own with magnesium flakes. I believe food renegade did a post about making your own!

  13. Lindsay, first I’d like to say it’s great to hear the news about your dad. Thank you for the tip on Cayenne Pepper. I am a 51 year old woman who is about 75 lbs overweight and I have high blood pressure. I feel that taking “medication” is simply going down a path that harms more than helps. Right now I take 10 garlic capsules a day because I’ve found this to help lower blood pressure also. I am also working on getting healthier and losing weight. I bought Cayenne Pepper capsules but wasn’t sure what dosage to take each day but thanks to your information I will follow what worked for your dad. I appreciate your sharing this helpful info.

  14. thanks for the info, I was wondering if it matters what type or brand of cayenne pepper powder I should buy, and heard the powder has different scoville heat units(SHU),and does this matter?, I would appreciate your advice

  15. thanks for the info, I was wondering if it matters what type or brand I buy, and I heard cayenne pepper powder has different scoville heat units(SHU) and does this matter?, I appreciate your advice

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