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Eggplant Stars in Unusual Blood Pressure Remedy

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Home remedies rarely get scientific attention or respect. The lack of double-blind trials means that it can be difficult to determine whether a specific suggestion will be helpful.

Sometimes we get enough testimonials about a remedy, though, that we conclude it may be worth investigating. One of these is a slightly odd recipe purported to lower high blood pressure.

Several years ago a reader asked us the following question:

"Have you ever heard of this remedy for high blood pressure? Wash but don't peel a medium eggplant. Dice it into 1-inch cubes.

"Place the cubes in a glass gallon jug and cover the eggplant with distilled water. Put the jug in the fridge for four days.

"Drink one ounce of the water per day, taking your blood pressure daily. After a week or so, the eggplant will begin to disintegrate; discard the cubes but keep drinking the ounce of water daily.

"Be sure to check your blood pressure, as it may begin to drop dramatically. Once your blood pressure is at a good level, you will need to experiment to determine how often to drink the eggplant water. It may be every other day or less often."

At first we were skeptical. How could eggplant water do anything? But a search of the medical literature revealed that there just might be something to this remedy after all. Researchers have discovered that eggplants contain ingredients that affect ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme). This is the same enzyme blocked by popular blood pressure drugs such as captopril, lisinopril and ramipril (Bioresource Technology, May, 2008).

So far as we know, there are no clinical trials testing the power of eggplant water to bring blood pressure under control. But we have heard from a number of readers who have done their own personal experiments.

Leni shared the following story: "This is an ancient remedy used in my country of origin (Cuba) and I've known about it since childhood, as I would hear the adults talk about it.  I have a friend who lowered her blood pressure by drinking eggplant water.

"I had totally forgotten about this natural way to control hypertension, cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as excess body weight and fat. I've seen it with my own eyes.

"I'm glad I remembered it because I will start drinking this water every day. My people drink it as you would regular water, throughout the day.  In other words, you can drink most or all of your daily water intake in the form of eggplant water. It's also a natural diuretic. You'll see how well you will feel."

Not everyone has found this remedy helpful: "I tried this but it didn't lower my blood pressure. I drank at least a cup a day for three weeks and there wasn't any change at all in my pressure."

We include many other non-drug approaches to getting blood pressure down to normal in our Guide to Blood Pressure Treatment, however. There may well be one that will work for you. 

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How much water is used in the gallon jug? From the article it seems to state that one covers the eggplant with distilled water. Is the water level up to the end of the eggplant stack or do you fill the gallon jug with water.

Cube the eggplant (chop into 1/2 to 1 inch sized cubes), place the cubes in the glass jug, add water until it covers the eggplant cubes. No need to fill the jug, just cover the eggplant.

Want to follow this.

Does the jug have to be GLASS and does the water have to be DISTILLED? Will try but want to make sure I do it right.

Just wanted to know how much water and does it have to be distilled and can I use a plastic jug or does it have to be glass. Thank-You

Do you have to have a lid or cap on the jar? Thanks.

the cubes float. no way could I cover them.
did 1/2 eggplant in 1/2 gallon water
help!

Many types of eggplant are available. Can we use any type or specific type?
Does the jug have to be GLASS and does the water have to be DISTILLED? I want to make sure I am doing it right.

Am trying this, as I have side effects from the prescriptive medications. Will report my results. Thanks for all your info.

Why don't I just cook or bake eggplant recipes?

People's Pharmacy response: Please do, and let us know the results!

My blood pressure went up earlier this year and my sister sent me the article on egg plant water for lowering blood pressure. I have been using it since 10-11-2013. I think it was helping lower my BP. I only drank one ounce per day. My doctor put me back on 1/2 of losartan. My blood pressure fluctuates. This morning at 9:45 a.m. it was 164/95 Pulse 66. I just did it again and it was 159/92 at 10:18 a.m. pulse, 71. I am 82 years of age and just started a lot of changes in my body healthwise. My question is: Is the liquid from the egg plant ok to use after a certain length of time? I've only been using one ounce each morning at 10:00 and I questioned the healthiness of the liquid. I keep it cold in the refrigerator. Thanks, rmb

Definitely will give this a try

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