Although it is AWESOME that you want to learn how to take better care of yourself, we urge you to seek advice from a healthcare professional BEFORE making any drastic lifestyle or medication changes.

QUESTION: I have essential high blood pressure, which means my pressure goes up and down without any discernible reason. One day I accidentally discovered the benefits of eggplant. A medium-sized eggplant made a good supper. It was delicious browned in olive oil with a gravy into which I put some onion, dill, arugula, basil, bay leaf, parsley and rosemary. Those were chosen simply because that’s what I have growing in pots on my porch!

After consuming the entire eggplant and some gravy, I took my blood pressure again. It had dropped quite a bit, from around 200 over 100 before I ate. When it got down to 80 over 50, I was beginning to wonder if I should go to the hospital, but I felt fine. The BP leveled off.

When I searched the internet, I was stunned to find out that eggplant can lower BP! So now, in addition to my meds, if my pressure goes up, I eat a little eggplant. That works every time! I am not sure how important the herbs may be, so I’ve been very careful with the process of elimination.

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Other Japanese scientists have experimented with eggplant powder to lower blood pressure in human beings (Nutrients, Nov. 16, 2019). Thank you for sharing your intriguing observation.

QUESTION: Thanks for saving my bacon. You wrote about the diabetes drug metformin and vitamin B12 deficiency. The question was reversibility.

I knew more than three years ago that my eyesight was deteriorating. Four different eye doctors could not tell me why I could read eye charts but needed bright light to read a book. This was a serious problem, as reading was my favorite pastime.

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ANSWER: We trust you discussed the metformin with your doctor, so that you could switch to a different diabetes medication. Your story is fascinating.

Doctors know that metformin can deplete the body of vitamin B12. Such a deficiency could lead to optic neuropathy (American Journal of Pathology, January 2018).

Other symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include numbness or tingling in hands or feet, burning tongue, fatigue, dizziness, depression, weakness and changes in personality. Click To Tweet

QUESTION: While I was on a cross-country ski trip some years back, I had painful leg cramps at night. Another skier suggested I take a teaspoon of yellow mustard followed by clear water. This worked like magic, and the pain was gone within 10 minutes.

ANSWER: Yellow mustard likely stimulates TRP (transient receptor potential) channels in the mouth. We suspect this is how mustard reverses muscle cramps. Whether the action is due to the mustard, the vinegar or the turmeric that gives mustard its yellow color, we don’t know. It might be all three.

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Ericka Scott

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2000. Since then, I've been on a mission to help myself and loved ones living with Diabetes and High Blood Pressure, to prepare healthy and TASTY meals. Now, I'm here to help YOU do the same!

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