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The Kitchen Spice Which Normalizes Your Blood Pressure

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By Kyle J. Norton

Herbal cayenne processed a significant amount of bioactive compound Capsicum may have a positive and profound effect on normalizing the levels of blood pressure, according to studies.

Hypertension is a medical condition of abnormally high blood pressure, one of the members of the cluster of conditions associated with heart disease and stroke.

Depending on the reading, some researchers suggested if you are in stage one of high blood pressure, your risk of cardiovascular disease is increased by 10% over the next 10 years.

According to the statistics, in the US, approximately 75 million people or 1 of 3 U.S. adults has high blood pressure. High blood pressure can be modified by change of lifestyle.


Most common risk factors of high blood pressure are a poor diet with high in salt and potassium and low vitamin D, physically inactive, excessive alcohol drinking, use of Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), and aging.

However, not all people with some of the above conditions will develop high blood pressure.


Treatment of stage 1 and 2 hypertension include daily intake of diuretics which lower high blood pressure by reducing sodium and fluid through increased urinary secretion and Bumetanide (Bumex) Chlorthalidone (Hygroton) or Chlorothiazide (Diuril).


Some patients may experience side effects such as a cough, diarrhea or constipation, dizziness or nervousness, tired, weak, and nausea or vomiting.


In a serious case, high blood pressure medication may induce erectile dysfunction. If you are taking high blood pressure medications, please make sure you have discussed the side effects with your doctor.


Some researchers in the concern of the widespread of hypertension in the Western world suggested that the condition may correlate to the promotion of the Western diet over the past few decades.


Dr. Adriana Monge and colleagues examined the Western and Modern Mexican diet pattern and risk of high blood pressure, wrote, “The multivariable-adjusted odds of hypertension in the highest quartile of the Western (W) pattern were 24% higher than the odds for individuals in the lowest quartile”


And,  “women in the highest quartile of the MM pattern had 15% higher odds than women in the lowest quartile. The Fruits & Vegetables (FV) pattern was not significantly associated with hypertension”.


These results clearly indicated a strong connection of the Western diet pattern in the increased risk of hypertension compared to the lower risk of fruits and vegetable group.

Cayenne is also known as Cayenne Pepper, a red, hot chili pepper, belonging to Capsicum annuum, the family Solanaceae, native to sub-tropical and tropical regions.

The pepper has been used in traditional medicine to increases metabolism, enhance circulatory system and stomach and the intestinal tract, adjust blood pressure, lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, treat frostbite, muscles, arthritis, rheumatism, low back pain, strains, sprains, bruises, and neuralgia, etc.

The chemical constituents of Cayenne include capsaicin, capsacutin oil, solaine, xanthenes, oleic acid, palmitic acid, etc.

Epidemiological studies linking cayenne in reducing hypertension have not been conclusive, the mechanism of this effect is still an mystery.

Researchers on finding a herbal medicine for the treatment of hypertension with no side effects examined the traditionally used medicinal plants against key enzymes relevant for hyperglycemia and hypertension.


Compared to other herbal plants, pepper (Capsicum) inhibited significantly the hypertension relevant angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE).


All evaluated pepper (Capsicum) genus exhibited both anti-hyperglycemia and anti-hypertension potential.


The anti-high blood pressure of cayenne probably is associated with the major compound capsaicin, chlorogenic acid, and hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives.

However, in pig study, application capsaicin isolated from the cayenne showed a significantly increased mean arterial blood pressure compared with controls, and a decrease in CGRP synthesis and release contributes to the elevated blood pressure.

Also, there are 2 cases reported of an arterial hypertensive crisis in a patient with large ingestion of peppers and chili peppers the day before and a 19-year-old Italian man with abundant ingestion of peppers and of chili peppers the preceding day.


Additonally, overdoses of cayenne not only induced arterial hypertensive crisis but also acute myocardial infarction with high levels of thyroid stimulating hormone.

The findings strongly suggested cayenne processed an antihypertensive and hypertensive effect in a dose-dependent manner.

This dual mechanisms presented in cayenne may not be explained by conventional medicine. However, traditional Chinese medicine stated cayenne, yang in nature, promotes Qi movement of blood. In a healthy individual, smooth movement of qi reduces the unnecessary blood pressure in blood transportation. On the other hand, if the movement of qi is blocked due to the presence of a high amount of cholesterol that narrows the blood vessel, in inducing higher blood pressure.

The traditional Chinese medicine continued, injection of a high amount of cayenne pepper can cause constriction of blood vessels, leading to narrowing blood flow and risk of hypertension 


Taken altogether, there is no doubt that cayenne may be considered a functional remedy for the prevention and treatment of hypertension, but the amount of intake should only be prescribed by related field specialists.



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Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrients, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blog, self-growth, best before it’s news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada – Huffington Post
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Phenolic compounds, antioxidant activity and in vitro inhibitory potential against key enzymes relevant for hyperglycemia and hypertension of commonly used medicinal plants, herbs and spices in Latin America by Ranilla LG1, Kwon YI, Apostolidis E, Shetty K.(PubMed)
(2) Capsaicin and arterial hypertensive crisis by Patanè S, Marte F, La Rosa FC, La Rocca R.(PubMed)
(3) Capsaicin, arterial hypertensive crisis and acute myocardial infarction associated with high levels of thyroid stimulating hormone by Patanè S, Marte F, Di Bella G, Cerrito M, Coglitore S.(PubMed)
(4) Western and Modern Mexican dietary patterns are directly associated with incident hypertension in Mexican women: a prospective follow-up study by Adriana Monge,1,2 Martín Lajous,1,4 Eduardo Ortiz-Panozo,1 Beatriz L. Rodríguez,2,3José Juan Góngora,2 and Ruy López-Ridaura. (PMC)

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      I’m confused here.. Says it reduces high blood pressure, yet later on says that it increases blood pressure if taken
      in high amounts.. Which way is it?

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