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Kefir And Your Blood Pressure

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In 2001, I was battling hypertension and diabetes. It was then that I started drinking kefir and I noticed an interesting occurrence. It seemed that when I drank a glass of kefir every day 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, my blood pressure would start to creep up after three days. 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 anything, so I began searching for answers.

A couple of months later, I was reading a book called Bacteria For Breakfast  which described fermented milk products and how they lower blood pressure in people with mild hypertension. To combat hypertension doctors often prescribe what is known as an ACE-inhibitor, a drug that helps decrease the tension in blood vessels, thus decreasing blood pressure. What the study discussed in Bacteria for Breakfast found is that some strains of probiotic food 1 produce their own ACE-inhibiting substances during the fermentation process.

Kefir and Blood Pressure

ACE-inhibiting substances in kefir

While most bacteria produce lactic acid, they also produce ACE-inhibiting substances during milk fermentation, Lactobacillus helveticus, which is found in high concentrations in kefir. Lactobacillus helveticus was identified as the most effective ACE-inhibiting substance.  The study indicated that it worked on an enzyme in the stomach much like an ACE inhibitor drug will do to naturally lower blood pressure.

Another study, done in April 2018 2 by Auburn University in collaboration with the University of Vila Velha in Brazil, studied three groups of rats to determine how kefir reduces high blood pressure.

They classified them into three groups.

  • The first group had high blood pressure and consumed kefir every day for 9 weeks.
  • The second group also had high blood pressure but did not receive kefir
  • The third group did not have high blood pressure and they were not given kefir

After nine weeks, the rats who had received kefir had lower levels of endotoxins, lower blood pressure, and improved intestinal permeability.  This describes the way materials pass from inside the gastrointestinal tract through the cells lining the gut wall into the rest of the body. The consumption of kefir also restored four different bacteria that were not present in the gut. The microorganisms that populate our guts have been shown to communicate with the brain. Kefir’s effect on gut bacteria appears to reduce the levels of inflammation in the central nervous system and signals the brain to lower blood pressure to healthy levels. 3 According to these researchers, “Our data suggest that kefir antihypertensive-associated mechanisms involve gut microbiota-brain axis communication during hypertension.”

Kefir can make an impact on your health!

For years, kefir has lowered my blood pressure as well as the blood pressure of many others, but now I know why and how it works. I love it when a food can bring you back into balance. These beautiful cells in our body 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 suggesting is that you add some kefir to your diet, then monitor yourself and see if it has the same effect on you. Powerful microbes that lived in me and all around me were enhanced to work better when I drank my kefir. I’ll never go without my kefir, it’s my favorite food!

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”~ Hippocrates

Here is How to Make Kefir.

Here are the two methods for making kefir. You can pick the method that suits you – the benefits are the same in both methods.

Kefir Made with Live Kefir Grains

Here is the recipe to make kefir with live grains.Kefir Grains recipe

Kefir Made with Easy Kefir

Here is the recipe to make kefir with Easy Kefir powder packets.Easy Kefir recipe

References:

  1. Y. Hata et al. “A Placebo-Controlled Study of the Effect of Sour Milk on Blood Pressure in Hypertensive Subjects,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 64, no. 5 (November 1996): 767–771.
  2. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180425131909.htm
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4696190/

 

28 Responses to "Kefir And Your Blood Pressure"
  1. Hello! i just wanted to share what just happened to me tonight. I have been dealing with mild hypertension for a few monthS now. I range from 130/85-145/100. i have been trying different natural remedies but my bp has been staying in that range. Just last night i checked my bp and it was 135/92. I checked it just a few minutes ago and it was 124/72! whaaaa??? It hasnt been that low in forever! So it got me thinking what the heck is different about today??! Then realized I downed a whole bottle of Lifeway kefir that i had picked up while i was out shopping to curb my hunger till i got home for dinner. It was the only thing different about my days so that got me googling and i came across your site! lol! how amazing! i have been battling this for months and all it took was some yummy kefir!!?? I am so amazed! Like you, I plan to test this out and see if it creeps back up. But wow, I know thats all it could have been. thank u for your post. I’M OFF TO TELL THE WORLD!! 🙂

  2. Since I have been drinking kefir on an almost daily basis, and also taking a very strong probiotic, my blood pressure has dropped significantly. In addition, my cholesterol numbers are way down also. I’ll try using it in recipes instead of milk! I do buy the store brand of kefit, but I try to always get the plain so there is a lot less sugar.

  3. Hi Donna,
    Thank you for the article on High blood pressure. I have been looking for something to help my husband, and was so excited to know this. Would the kefir such as Lifeway Kefir work the same?

    Thanks
    Nadene

      • Thanks Donna. It sounds like I am going to have to learn how to make the real stuff. Will be checking out your videos. Thanks for sharing all your information with us.

        Nadene

        • Nadine, I buy the store-bought kefir, and I will tell you my blood pressure has really gone down. My BP was always a bit marginally high. It is now incredibly much lower. I also take a probiotic pill everyday too.

  4. I do not fully understand how to make this kefir . Could you please give a step by step and ingredients I will need to make this , I need to use this if it will help!! Thanks

  5. Donna
    Trying to go gluten free so this morning I made buckwheat bluberry pancakes and instead of milk used kefir.
    They were great

  6. Hi Donna:
    I absolutely LOVE your website and all your great information!!! I can spend so much time here on your blog. Thanks for all you are doing!! Your way of presenting, your recipes, your knowledge, i just love it all!
    I am a young mother of two. A two year old and 8 mo old and it has been so helpful to have this resource so that I can learn how to feed my children and give them the best health possible.
    Thanks again and best wishes.

  7. Hey Donna..was wondering..saw the video where you said you made the keifer ice cream..was this the plain one..was wanting recipe..right now we have a nija blender and all we do to make a fruit ice cream is freeze banana..strawberries a little cream s and that is that..can we just make the mix up above..instead of using ice cream machine..just freeze it and then put in blender to make it soft serve..or how do you make the ice cream..in a regular ice cream machine?..sorry for the confusion
    Patricia

  8. sounds really interesting. i haven’t tried this but i’m intruiged to do this. Even though I’m not having a high bp, i still want to (in case) lol thanks for sharing this.

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  9. Did the article you read mention anything about those who already have low blood pressure? Mine really doesn’t need to go any lower and I drink kefir and kombucha everyday.

    • It only lowers it when there is inflammation and stress causing it to go to high. It just balances the body. If you blood pressure is in a perfect range it will help keep it there.

  10. great recipe, and I love that it combines the health benefits of coconut oil with kefir! Plus it’s simple (like you, I love my ice cream maker). The second time I made it I changed a little bit by adding some unsweetened dried coconut flakes to it. You might want to give that a try as well.

    • Hi Sandy which ice cream machine you can recommend me that it is not to expensive, thanks, maggie

  11. I am very interested in the article. I read it about a month ago. Have you heard if it can help to keep blood pressure down during pregnancy? I am already drinking it because i have moderate blood pressure problems when i am not pregnant but with my last pregnancy i had very high blood pressure. I am trying to avoid medicine for the next time around. Thank you for all your amazing articles!!

    • Nicole it can really help with any kind of blood pressure problems. Drinking kefir when your pregnant will greatly help your baby when it is born because you will deliver healthy bacteria to the baby when it is born. Babies are sterile when they are born and get their bacteria that lays a foundation from their mother during birth. Really important to start off with a good foundation when you are born.

  12. Hi Donna:
    Because my parents, my husband and many my friends need to take high blood pressure medicine, I bought kefir grains from internet one month ago and hope they are helpful to them. But it has no significant effect yet. Your glad news excited me. Could you let me know where you get/purchase your grains and the difference of blood pressure(before & after drinking kefir)? Thanks a lot.

    Best regards,
    Sunny

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