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Is Striction BP a Scam? – What You Should Know

Striction BP is said to be able to lower your blood pressure safely and naturally... as well as lower your cholesterol, balance blood sugar and more.

But is this just another over-hyped health product? Or perhaps Striction BP is a scam?

Or is this the real deal?

Upon first glance everything seems to look good. Striction BP...

  • is made in the USA in a FDA registered facility
  • has pretty good customer reviews overall 
  • and is for sale at GNC

I would say the most positive sign is the fact that it is available at GNC, which means a lot. After all, a trusted and reputable major brand like GNC isn't going to let some crap product onto their shelves... or at least I would hope not.

Hypertension Explained:

About 1 out of every 3 people in the USA have high BP, aka hypertension, (according to the CDC), which is a huge problem.

Blood pressure is the amount of force that a person's blood exerts on their blood vessels, and if you have hypertension this means that the amount of pressure is too much.

Hypertension is often referred to as the "silent killer" because it is a sneaky problem that often doesn't show any symptoms until something big happens, such as having a stroke, heart attack, etc. Even if the pressure is dangerously high, there still may be no noticeable symptoms.

An increased pressure on your blood vessels can cause all sorts of complications. After all, blood is what feeds your entire body and all of its organs. 

  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • And even things like metabolic syndrome and memory problems like dementia can be caused by hypertension.

Having high blood pressure used to be when your readings were 140/90 or higher, but now the diagnosis is if you are 130/80 or higher (source: patient.info).

But you maybe already knew all of this... and if so, I'm sorry to have bore you.

Anyways... let's get into this review and see if this really is the miracle supplement it is promoted as being.

Striction BP Review

  • Name: Striction BP
  • Manufacturer: Optimal XT
  • Price: Varies depending on quantity bought (starts at ~$50/bottle)
  • Recommended?: Somewhat
  • Where to Buy: Discount offer here
striction bp

Striction BP is a natural supplement by the company Optimal XT that is mainly for lowering blood pressure, but is also said to be able to help your heart and cardiovascular system out in a number of other ways, including...

  • Lowering BP
  • Improving circulation
  • Lowering cholesterol
  • Balancing blood sugar levels
  • and providing antioxidants for overall health

This supplement is formulated with only "3 key ingredients", but unfortunately there isn't all that much evidence backing their effectiveness.


As mentioned, Striction BP has "3 key ingredients", as you can see here...

Striction BP Ingredients

Let's go over each and see what evidence there is, if any, that they actually work.

- Ceylon Cinnamon -

In the promotional material for Striction BP we are told that there are many varieties of cinnamon and that Ceylon is considered to be the "true cinnamon". It is one of the rarest and most expensive, but has been shown to have great health benefits.

2013 article published in Nutrition that I came across looked into the short-term effect that cinnamon has on BP in patients with diabetes and prediabetes... and found pretty good results. In this article they looked at multiple studies that had been conducted and estimated that the use of cinnamon decreased SBP and DBP by 5.39 mm Hg and 2.6 mm Hg respectively.

If you've looked for studies on this matter you've likely came across this same finding before, since it is mentioned in just about every article online that has to do with cinnamon's effects on blood pressure--the reason being that there are a very limited number of studies available.

How It Works:

While the mechanism behind cinnamon's ability to lower BP and whether or not it is very effective overall are still very under-researched, according to at least one animal study on dogs and guinea pigs cinnamon works by causing peripheral vasodilation (source: Pharmacognosy Research). What this means is that it helps relax the blood vessels, causing them to expand and blood pressure to drop.

But this study is very old and, again, this area is very understudied.


Striction BP contains 1000 mg of Ceylon Cinnamon, or 1 g. According to a study mentioned on WebMD, this seems to be around the minimum you want to take to see results--although the study mentioned wasn't focused on blood pressure.

- Magnesium -

Magnesium supplements are commonly taken to lower BP. They are cheap, safe, and there is a fair amount of research suggesting they are indeed effective.

A large meta-analysis from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition of various randomized trials on the effectiveness of magnesium for lowering BP found that supplementation "significantly lowers BP in individuals with insulin resistance, prediabetes, or other noncommunicable chronic diseases." This meta-analysis included 543 participants taking anywhere from 365 mg to 450 mg per day.

An even larger meta-analysis aptly titled Effects of Magnesium Supplementation on Blood Pressure , this one involving 34 trials with 2028 participants, found magnesium to have significant effects on lowering BP. The median dose of magnesium in these trials was 368 mg per day for 3 months--and the results were reductions of systolic BP by 2.00 mm Hg and reduction in diastolic BP by 1.78 mm Hg.

A dose of 300 mg per day for 1 month was found to be enough to raise serum MG and reduce BP.

And lastly, a 2018 study in Nutrients was performed on 48 patients with hypertension and found that magnesium supplementation "significantly decreased" both systolic and diastolic BP's. In this study patients supplemented 300 mg for at least 1 month. It is believed that this is likely due to the decrease in systemic vascular resistance and left cardiac work.


Striction BP only contains 32 mg of magnesium, which is much lower than any study I've come across that has proven it to be effective for such. This is disappointing, but I guess some is better than none.

- Vitamin B6 -

This water-soluble vitamin is very important for a number of reasons, some of the most notable being it's involvement in the creation of red blood cells, neurotransmitters, and white blood cells that are essential for a strong immune system. 

While the effects of this vitamin on BP is yet another area that is very understudied, there are a few studies I came across that have found it to be effective. For example, one study in Journal of Hypertension found that high doses of vitamin B6 (about 5x the normal amount) resulted in "complete attenuation of hypertension" in obese rats--and that after stopping supplementation the hypertension returned within 2 weeks.

Ya, I know the study is on rats, but the evidence to go off of here is limited.


This supplement contains 5 mg per serving, which is 250% of the daily value you need to get... a decent dose.

Problem: Limited Evidence

While this supplement definitely has potential, it isn't the sure-cure that it is promoted as.

Overall, with every ingredient, there is limited evidence proving effectiveness in the area of reducing blood pressure.


The cost varies a bit depending on where you buy it. On the official website they are for sale in 3 different packages. The more you purchase the bigger discount you get per bottle, as expected.

  • 1 bottle = $49.90/bottle
  • 3 bottles = $32.93/bottle
  • 6 bottles = $29.64/bottle

And at GNC it is actually selling for quite a bit more,... $59.99 per bottle, which I guess should be expected.

Free Bottle Offer

They also have an offer going on where you can get a free bottle of Striction BP. It's not a free trial, but if you purchase 2 bottles you get one free. 

You may have come across this type of offer on a sales page like this...

Striction BP

> You can get this free bottle offer here if interested <

Money-Back Guarantee

Another piece of good news is that they do offer a money-back guarantee, which is on the table for 60 days after purchase.

They state that there are "no questions or explanation required" and that if you do not see or feel the results you expected you can simply call their support team at 844-248-3717 to get a refund.

But... of course it's never as good as it sounds at first!

The catch is that there is a $9.95 restocking fee per bottle!


Yes... $9.95 'restocking fee' per bottle. How ridiculous is that?

And I'm fairly certain you will have to pay for return shipping as well, which pretty much makes this refund policy useless in some cases.

Customer Reviews/Complaints

Upon first looking briefly at the customer reviews I could find online things looked pretty good. However, after digging around a little more and seeing more complaints, things don't look quite as positive.

Amazon is a great source of independent customer reviews (although you can't trust all of them) and as I'm writing this Striction BP has 83 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars... which is okay but not 'good'.


I want to make this review as unbiased as possible, so the customer reviews I'll be going over below are in chronological order, starting from the latest I found on Amazon. The only reviews I left out are those that either don't make any sense or don't provide any value... such as a 5 star rating for fast shipping... which has nothing to do with the actual product.

The latest review at the time of me writing this is from someone who experienced some pretty bad side effects from Striction BP, which she believes are a result of the vitamin B6 content...


And then there is this guy who "noticed no difference"...


The next review claims the product is working, from a woman who purchased it for her husband, but it doesn't give any details...


And then this person claim it did absolutely nothing for their BP after taking it for 2 weeks...


The same goes for this person.. it "did nothing"...


But to leave off on a good note... and to show that some people really do swear by this stuff, here is a review from someone claiming that Striction BP worked better than the prescription meds he was on...


There are definitely some very positive reviews out there, but there are a lot of negative ones as well, from people who simply did not experience any positive results or even had bad side effects.

*Note: There was the review mentioned above from the woman who had bad side effects, but this seems to be an outlier. Overall I haven't heard from many people experiencing side effects and I wouldn't expect to based on the ingredients.

On the optimal-health.com website this supplement has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars...


While I don't particularly like reviews from official websites like this, due to concerns of bias, these do seem to be authentic... and overall positive.


Pros v Cons


  • Fairly trusted brand (sold in GNC)
  • Made in the USA
  • All natural
  • Little chance of side effects
  • Free bottle offer
  • Generally good reviews from customers
  • Money-back guarantee


  • Pricey
  • Limited evidence suggesting its effectiveness
  • Won't work for everyone

Is Striction BP a Scam?

While I was a bit more disappointed than I was expecting to be after digging deeper into this supplement, there is no reason for me to call it a scam by any means.

Striction BP isn't going to work for everyone, but it is not some scammy supplement that is a load of crap, like some similar health products I've reviewed, including Blood Pressure Protocol  and Vedda Blood Sugar Remedy for example.

Why It Doesn't Work for Everyone

Just like everything, people's bodies react differently to different supplements.

The main ingredient, cinnamon, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and there is some evidence suggesting it's effectiveness, yet some people claim it doesn't do a thing for them.

Even the best prescription drugs don't work for everyone.

To make it even more complicated, often times the cause of high blood pressure isn't known.

Conclusion - Worth a Try or Not?

In my opinion Striction BP could very well be worth the try, especially if you want to avoid synthetic medications and take the natural route.

Just don't expect it to be a guaranteed success like some of the marketing pitches lead you to believe it will be.

Again, if interested here is the discount offer I mentioned earlier.

I hope it works for you and I hope you found this review helpful. Please leave any comments or questions below and let me know what you think of Striction BP 🙂

BPS-5 Review

BPS-5 Review – Scam or Will This Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Is BPS-5 really going to be the blood pressure lowering supplement that helps you increase blood-flow and feel younger again with plenty of energy to do the things you love?

Or is BPS-5 a scam that you would be better off avoiding altogether? With the other blood pressure lowering scams out there, like Blood Pressure Protocol for example, it's a question that needs to be asked.

The purpose of this review of BPS-5 is to help answer these questions. Here I will be going over what exactly this supplement is and what it does, whether or not you can trust the company behind it, ingredients, concerns and more. 

What Is BPS-5?

  • Name: BPS-5
  • Type: Hypertension supplement
  • Manufacturer: FAI Health ('Functional Aging Institute' Health)
  • Price: $47/bottle or $69 with Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol ebook included
  • Recommended?: Not really (more on why)
  • Where to Buy: Website Here


BPS-5 is a natural supplement by FAI Health that is formulated to lower blood pressure. It is promoted in a number of different ways and many of the promotional pitches are over-hyped and sound scammy.

Overall this supplement seems like it could be good but I will not be promoting it, mainly because of lack of transparency, as I will be going over.

The Sales Pitch

The sales pitch is quite ridiculous and likely the reason you are reading my review right now... because it sounds pretty scammy.

There are several sales pitches floating around on the internet. You may have come across this video that starts off talking about "this silent killer could fill over 750,000 coffins by end of the year" (which we learn is hypertension)...


.. or you may have seen another one I came across about how a "small nameless building has the potential to turn the pharmaceutical industry, and billion dollar drug companies upside down".


Typical Fear Mongering

Here you have the typical fear mongering approach where they try to strike fear into the minds of viewers. They talk about how hypertension causes heart attacks, strokes, etc... and sometimes it's too late to fix... you die.

While this is true what they say, the way the way they go about explaining this is intended to scare. When watching it you pretty much feel you are going to die if you have hypertension... unless of course you buy BPS-5.

This Video "Might Save Your Life"

Of course you have to watch carefully, the video might save your life. And you have to watch it right now because it could be taken down at any time... typical for these types of promotions.

Conspiracy Theories

Right on que... we are told that the medical establishment has known about the root cause of hypertension for years, yet continues to overlook it...


As they tell us, the medical industry doesn't want people to be cured... because they want to continue to suck every penny out of the population.

While I definitely do not trust the medical establishment completely, what I trust even less is scammy promotions like this that take misleading and deceptive approaches to sell their supplements.

I'm also a big fan of natural cures, but the truth is that prescription medications aren't always the bad guys... and while they do often have some pretty bad side effects, they also help a lot of people.

A Near-Death Experience

It seems that most sales pitches start off with some near-death experience... and then the person fully recovers thanks to some magical cure later on.

The story here is that some retired military veteran named Jerry almost died from high BP... but is now completely symptom free thanks to FAI and their natural cure.

But I have no evidence that any of this is true.

Misleading Info

The claim is that fructose is the root cause of hypertension. It causes uric acid production which slows nitric oxide production and leads to tightening blood vessels.

There are a bunch of research studies cited and whatnot, but the presentation is misleading.

While research implies that fructose does play a big role in hypertension, how much of a role it plays is still now well known and it certainly isn't the only cause of high BP.

Vague Information

As expected, the information provided is very vague. 

Phrases like "this extract", "this compound", "this special formula", etc. are often used.

We know this supplement consists of 5 herbs/spices, but what they are we do not know.

Overall the sales pitch isn't something I care for too much. I would rather watch a shorter video that gets to the point faster and that is more straightforward.

The Company - Can You Trust Them?

The company behind BPS-5 is called FAI, which stands for Functional Aging Institute (website: fai-health.com). The company was founded in 2013 by Dr Dan Ritchie and Dr Cody Sipe (both or whom hold Ph.D's and are personal trainers) with the goal of helping older clients achieve better health naturally.


One of their biggest achievements has been the development of a "senior fitness" certification program composed of knowledge, theory, skill and practical application... which personal trainers can take to add to their credentials.

Dan, the head guy, has helped relieve thousands of hypertension completely naturally, has spoke at large events, helped people in over  16 countries, and has even been featured on the news... among many other things.

Both guys have quite a long list of qualifications and achievements.

While the sales pitch may lead one to believe that these people are a bunch of scammers, they are not in any way and do seem to be the kind of people you can trust.

However, there are some concerns I still have that I will go over shortly.


Well, I hate to leave my readers wanting more, but unfortunately I don't know the ingredients.

In the information provided all they tell us is that it is a "proprietary formula", which is a term that I hate to hear.


Even on the main product page of the fai-health.com website there is no information as you can see here...


A bit concerning to say the least.

*If anyone knows the ingredients please let me know in the comment section so that I can update this review!

Side Effects

Natural ingredients like those said to be contained in this supplement are usually less likely to cause side effects, but that's about all I can say since I don't know the actual ingredients.

Synthetic drugs on the other hand, according to a report in the Journal of Nephropharmacology, are responsible for about 8% of hospital admissions in the US--from side effects of the drugs. That is a heck of a lot.

That said, natural remedies aren't always as safe as you might think.


As it's being promoted right now, you can get BPS-5 and their Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol ebook for $69.

BPS-5 bottles

The ebook is basically a bunch of information on how to naturally lower your BP. It discusses why some diets don't work, what does work, some simple tricks you can do daily to lower BP (like breathing techniques for example),  and so on.

In the video presentation that I watched I was told that this price is "for today and today only", but this is far from being the truth. This video presentation has already been running for days saying the same thing.

"Rock Solid 365-Day Guarantee"

The claim is that they offer a "rock solid 365-day guarantee" where you can get a full refund if your high BP is not reduced.

They make it sound so simple... just contact their support at support@healthybloodpressureprotocol.com and you will be able to mail in the opened bottles and get a full refund.


However, I've been reviewing products marketed like this for too long to fall for this kind of statement.

What more than likely will happen is you will somehow have to prove that you followed the protocol exactly as you are supposed to, that you didn't skip any days of taking BPS-5, and you will likely need some blood-work to show before & after results... and maybe more.

There is almost always a way out of money-back guarantees like this when they are incredibly vague... as this one is.

But this is just my two cents on it all... I don't know for sure if it will be difficult to get a refund.


My main concern here is about the ingredients and the lack of transparency about them.

How can they expect us to trust them and to buy this product if we don't even know what's in it?

The marketing tactics are also a bit concerning... The company itself and the founders seem to be stand-up guys who you can trust, but then the misleading marketing tactics make you question their integrity.

Pros v Cons


  • Created by professionals in the industry
  • Good company behind it
  • Natural ingredients, no harsh chemicals
  • 365 day money-back guarantee


  • No list of ingredients
  • Questionable trustworthiness

Is BPS-5 a Scam?

While there are definitely some things I don't like about how this supplement is marketed and some concerns I have, I certainly don't have any reason to call it a scam.

I also would highly doubt that a company with a good reputation like FAI would be willing to damage their image selling a scam product.

Conclusion - Worth a Try or Not?

I wish I could have been more thorough in this review but unfortunately there is limited information for me to go off of.

Is this worth a try? Well, it seems that it could be, but there are too many unknowns for me to recommend it to my readers.

That said, if you want you can purchase BPS-5 on the official website here.

I hope that you found this review helpful. Please leave any comments or questions below and I will get back to you soon 🙂

Does Oatmeal Lower Blood Pressure

Does Oatmeal Lower Blood Pressure? – Yes, But It’s Not a Fix

Does oatmeal lower blood pressure? Could this normal and everyday food that can be bought at any grocery store be the key to getting your blood pressure down to how the levels? Is this the secret weapon you have been waiting for?

You have probably heard plenty of times that consuming a low sodium diet is the way to go… It is all about sodium. Sodium is the enemy, but is oatmeal the ally?

I completely understand why consuming oatmeal to lower blood pressure is something that you hope works. After all, oatmeal is cheap, delicious, and can be consumed in a variety of different ways… Oh yeah, and it is natural. I think just about anyone would rather lower their blood pressure naturally compared to taking medications that could potentially have harmful side effects.

But anyways… YES, oatmeal does help lower BP and this is not just some folk medicine with no hard proof backing up these claims. A study published in the Journal of Family Practice showed that adding oats to your diet can reduce both systolic and diastolic BP by as much as 7.5 and 5.5 points respectively. In the study there were two groups compared, one which consumed a low fiber diet and another which consumed a high fiber diet of oats over a six-week period… The group that consumed the high fiber diet consisting of oats having a profound effect on the lowering of blood pressure.

Related: Moringa also helps lower blood pressure

The Problem With High Blood Pressure

But what’s the problem with high blood pressure anyhow… Is it really that big of a deal?

Of course it is and since you are reading this article I am guessing you are already well aware of this.

High blood pressure is pretty straightforward… It is high pressure inside your blood vessels that places in unnecessary strain on your cardiovascular system. It makes your heart work harder than it should as well as your blood vessels in addition to making everything less efficient at doing their job. Thus the heart, which is responsible for pumping oxygenated blood and nutrients throughout the body, works harder and has less output.

But besides that there are a number of other problems like income from high blood pressure. High blood pressure can be the gateway to all sorts of things that you don’t want, the worst being heart failure, heart attacks, and strokes. It is commonly associated with higher levels of cholesterol buildup because of how the insides of the arteries become damaged with micro tears, leading to cholesterol not flowing smoothly throughout and instead getting stuck to the walls, which can build up.

But besides having an effect on your cardiovascular system and increasing the risk for related diseases such as heart disease, high BP also leads to a lot of problems that you might not think are directly related, such as increased weight gain… Which can in turn lead to just about every problem under the sun.


Why Oatmeal Can Help

But what is it about oatmeal that can help your body out to lower blood pressure? Well… A few of the reasons it helps our because it…

It’s High In Fiber

According to WebMD,oatmeal ranks in the top 10 for sources of fiber, containing about 4 g per cup of cooked oats. And it doesn’t matter how you consume it… Cooked or not, it’s going to be a good source of fiber.

Diets high in fiber are associated with significantly lower rates of hypertension. A large meta-analysis of clinical trials that I came across suggests that fiber intake may reduce BP.

It Helps Lower Cholesterol

Cholesterol and blood pressure have a complicated relationship. High levels of cholesterol can put you at a higher risk of getting high blood pressure, and vice versa as I mentioned in the previous section.

The reason high levels of cholesterol can increase your blood pressure is because of how your arterial walls will become blocked and blood flow will become restricted as cholesterol builds up. Blocked blood flow means that your heart has to be artery and that your blood really has to squeeze and push itself more than it should in order to get where needs to go.

MayoClinic suggests that the reason oatmeal helps to lower cholesterol is because of its soluble fiber content, which can reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your blood. Basically the soluble fiber soaks up the cholesterol itself so that your body can get rid of it.

Provides Good Minerals

Oatmeal it is also a decent source of minerals such as potassium and calcium, which are proven to help lower blood pressure.

In 1 cup of cooked oatmeal you are getting about 143 mg of potassium. Now there is no real RDA (recommended daily allowance) set for how much of this mineral you should be getting, because deficiency in potassium is rare, but 143 mg is a nice little dose nonetheless.

Potassium and sodium are things that you want to keep in a nice healthy balance. You do need some sodium, but of course you don’t want too much. Potassium helps keep the negative pro-hypertensive effects of salt (high in sodium) at bay.

When it comes to calcium you’re getting about 187 mg in 1 cup of cooked oatmeal. In addition to that, many people will eat their oatmeal with milk which is also a good source of calcium. The RDA for this mineral is around 1000 mg a day for adults.

187mg might not sound like much per serving, but it is better than nothing.

Low calcium intake has been shown to be related to high BP and other cardiovascular diseases. Koreans actually have a high rate of hypertension and, as expected, the consumed diets very low in calcium.

Fatty Acids Can Help

Fatty acids can also be good for your BP and oatmeal has several. Per 100 g you get about 0.11 g of omega-3 and 2.42 g of omega-6 fats.

Now there is a lot of talk about omega-6 fats promoting inflammation and blood vessel constriction, which would lead to higher BP. However, there is now a lot of new information coming out and research being done showing that this fatty acid also does the opposite… Helping improve blood circulation and lower BP.

Omega-3 fats can also help and are commonly promoted in healthy heart supplements. For example, fish oil is high in omega-3 fats and I’m sure you have heard of people taking this in supplement form before. Just about every bottle of fish oil that you will find at the store will mention how it is healthy for your heart, or maybe have a picture of a heart on it.


But It’s Just One Piece of The Puzzle

While oatmeal is a good food to add to the lineup of natural BP lowering health foods, this is definitely not something that is going to work all on its own. It is just one piece of the puzzle… It is just one food that you should add to your arsenal to get rid of your high blood pressure problem and keep it that way for good.

If you really want to get rid of high BP, and get rid of it fast… Naturally, then you should take a holistic approach. You can do all sorts of things to help lower blood pressure, some of which include…

  • Eat lots of fruit, vegetables, whole grains (this is where oatmeal falls in), white meats such as fish & chicken
  • Reduce salt intake
  • Stay active
  • Lose excess weight
  • Stop smoking if you do and restrict alcohol consumption
  • Try to relax more

Of course there is the eating part of the equation and how you should eat a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains in white meats, all the while reducing your salt intake, but there’s a lot more you can do. Exercise and staying active has been shown to also have a big effect on blood pressure, partly because it can help you lose excess weight (if you have any) which is often linked to high BP. And if you are a smoker or a heavy consumer of alcohol, you are going to want to cut back on that for sure. And of course RELAX… You need to try to relax more and reduce those stress levels. Something as simple as relaxing more throughout the day, taking a few minutes here and there to ease your mind, maybe through meditation or something like that, can have an effect.

So in closing, yes oatmeal can help lower blood pressure and if you are not already consuming this delicious natural grain then you might want to think about adding it into your diet. However, it is not going to be a one-stop solution by any means. It is just a heart healthy food that can help reduce BP in a number of different ways in that has many other health benefits to it.

But anyways… I hope you found this post helpful, and if so, please give it a share to help spread the word. If you have any comments or questions just leave them them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂