Many years ago when I was battling high blood pressure and diabetes, I noticed and interesting occurrence. It seemed that when I drank a glass of kefir everyday my blood pressure would go down, and not just a little, but quite a bit. It would put me in the normal range. When I would stop drinking kefir, after three days, my blood pressure would start to creep up. So I started doing experiments on myself to see if it was the kefir. After many many, trial runs, I was convinced it was the kefir. I have never been one to just accept without knowing the reasoning behind it. So I began searching for answers.
A couple of months later I was reading a book called Bacteria For Breakfast where in one of the chapters it described fermented milk products and how they lower blood pressure in people with mild hypertension.They did a study on rats and humans.(Yamamoto et al., 1994) Interestingly, some strains of probiotic food produce their own ACE- inhibiting substances during fermentation process. Although most bacteria produce lactic acid produce ACE inhibitors during milk fermentation, out of 26 different strains that were tested, Lactobacillus helveticus was identified as the most effective. However it is important to note that the effect was most effective for patients with mild hypertension. It said that it worked on an enzyme in the stomach much like an ACE inhibitor drugs will do. It will naturally lower blood pressure.
I also discovered that I need the mineral magnesium, and my body really struggled to hang on to it. Magnesium is the second most abundant element inside human cells and the fourth most abundant positively charged ion in the human body. Within the body’s cells, it serves literally hundreds of functions, one of them is blood pressure. Kefir not only has a lot of magnesium’s but the body can absorb it easier. It is like having a predigested food, caused by the process of fermentation and the body can use it instantly. Magnesium complementary partner is calcium. You should always have magnesium with calcium, and kefir does this for you.
Well, I was super excited, because not only did It work, but now I knew why. I love it when a food can bring you back into balance. These beautiful cells in our body who know how to be well if only given the right tools. Now I am not telling anyone to get off their medication. What I am saying is add some kefir than monitor yourself and see if it has the same effect on you.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”~ Hippocrates