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Old 04-12-2006, 06:02 PM   #1
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Does pepper or spicy foods lower BP ?

Holy Mackeral !

I just had some buffalo spiced chicken tenderloins about 1/1/2 hours ago and I swear its dilating me from the top of my head right down to my very warm, REALLY warm feet. Last time I felt that is when I took a full tablet of Verapamil which was awhile (weeks) ago.

It's just a warm feeling all over and BP is 120/71.

I have seen one natural med use cayenne pepper in their BP med with guaranteed results in 30 days...but geez...this would be quite uncomfortable to say the least . Of course, I would tend to think, that maybe, just maybe, spices like pepper might actually be able to have more affect on BP than herb formulations, although I am unfamilar with them both.
I have used a product called Sinusbuster for my sinuses at which I HIGHLY recommend if you suffer from sinus problems. But here again, one major ingrediant was cayenne pepper along with Alovera, and some soothing oils, I think. But it WILL make you do sommersalts acrooss the room clearing sinuses as well

If one could get rid of the pepper side affects this just might do it for alot of people, or t least worth some experimention.

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Old 04-14-2006, 06:12 AM   #2
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Re: Does pepper or spicy foods lower BP ?

WARM results from the opening of the blood vessels that are the skin's arterioles. Of course, this is akin to opening all the fire hydrants in a city...pressure will drop precipitously.
The opposite occurs with feeling chilly or shivering...the arterioles shut down and BP skyrockets. Probably why some people can drop dead jumping into icy cold water.

It's funny that peppers (capsaicum) could do the same thing because although they FEEL hot in the mouth, they really don't heat the body. I get the effect from a bowl of hot soup or a couple cups of steaming tea (but not coffee????)

I've gotten the sweats from a firey Lamb Vindaloo...next time I'll bring my BP tester to one of my fave Indian haunts.

I guess the pepper pills for BP are easier on the tongue...but I'd be worried about stomach problems with too frequent use. (If God had wanted mankind to take everything as pills, he'd have invented trees that grew them )

 
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Old 04-17-2006, 04:53 PM   #3
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Re: Does pepper or spicy foods lower BP ?

I don't know but they recommend that people with High Blood Pressure not go in Sauna's and Hot Tubs. I don't know why, but I also the other day I took a hot bath and I'm on Apo Hydro (diuretic) for my high blood pressure, and afterwards I felt really weird, my face was beat red, i could feel a pulse go through my whole body and I didn't feel right. Any explaination on that?

 
Old 04-17-2006, 08:25 PM   #4
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Re: Does pepper or spicy foods lower BP ?

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I don't know but they recommend that people with High Blood Pressure not go in Sauna's and Hot Tubs. I don't know why, but I also the other day I took a hot bath and I'm on Apo Hydro (diuretic) for my high blood pressure, and afterwards I felt really weird, my face was beat red, i could feel a pulse go through my whole body and I didn't feel right. Any explaination on that?
Hi pulltab,
Dr. Dean Ornish says that blood vessels near the skin dilate as a way to help cool down the body. For someone with heart disease this shunting of blood from the heart to your skin may cause problems. Also the increased heartrate increases the oxygen demands of the heart and someone with heart disease may not be able to keep pace with the demand if blood flow is shunted away from the heart to the skin.For people who have high blood pressure being in a sauna or steambath for too long may cause them to feel faint. Blood pressure meds interfere with the ability to regulate blood flow and to control temperature.
So there you go.....I guess that explains it.

 
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Re: Does pepper or spicy foods lower BP ?

I get fairly beet red when I'm in the steam room too long (not usually the sauna though.) I presume it's all the blood just under my skin.

Carly's explanatioin of the effect of a BP drop on the heart is spot on target...the heart races to maintain pressure and pumps extra hard. A steam or sauna is a terrible idea for someone with an iimpaired heart or pretty active angina.

But it DOES drop BP, (by skin dilation AND salt loss) so it's good for healthy people (well those with ONLY hypertension )

 
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