Q. I have been drinking “eggplant water” I made from floating half a dozen thinly sliced pieces of raw eggplant on top of two or three quarts of water in a bowl. I discard the eggplant after a few hours, when it starts to turn brown. I have been drinking 60 ounces of this water daily for about two weeks.
My weight dropped 7 pounds and my blood pressure is down from 150/80 to 124/66. This might be helping my insulin resistance, which made it hard for me to lose weight before.
A. When cells don’t respond efficiently to insulin, blood sugar control is more difficult. Losing weight is also more challenging, but people who shed pounds often lower their blood pressure.
You are not the first reader to mention eggplant water for hypertension, but the previous recipe called for just one ounce daily, not 60. Compounds in eggplant may work like certain blood pressure medicines (ACE inhibitors such as lisinopril) and may also help with insulin resistance (Bioresource Technology, May, 2008).
You will find a number of other non-drug approaches for controlling hypertension along with a discussion of the pros and cons of common medications in our guide to Blood Pressure Treatment