High blood pressure is prevalent in the UK, with more than one in four people living with the condition. It is usually the result of poor lifestyle habits such as consuming too much salt. Overtime, high blood pressure can hike the risk of developing life-threatening health complications. Making certain lifestyle changes can help bring a person’s blood pressure back down to normal levels. A recent study revealed that a popular juice may help to control the condition.
In a study published in Food Science & Nutrition, drinking unsalted tomato juice lowered blood pressure and LDL cholesterol in Japanese adults at risk of cardiovascular disease.
In the study, 184 male and 297 female participants were provided with as much unsalted tomato juice as they wanted throughout one year.
At the end of the study, blood pressure in 94 participants with untreated prehypertension or hypertension dropped significantly: systolic blood pressure lowered from an average of 141.2 to 137.0 mmHg, and diastolic blood pressure lowered from an average of 83.3 to 80.9 mmHg.
LDL cholesterol levels in 125 participants with high cholesterol decreased from an average of 155.0 to 149.9 mg/dL.
“To the best of our knowledge, the current study is the first to investigate the effects of tomato or tomato product intake on cardiovascular disease risk markers over the course of a year and over a wide age range,” the authors wrote.
Drinking tart Montmorency cherry juice is also proven to lower high blood pressure.
According to research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, men with early signs of hypertension – more commonly known as high blood pressure – saw a seven per cent reduction in blood pressure after drinking Montmorency cherry concentrate when compared to drinking a fruit-flavoured cordial.
Significantly, this reduction is comparable to the level achieved by anti-hypertensive medication, revealed the study.
The researchers found that the participants who were given the cherry concentrate saw a peak reduction in their blood pressure of 7 mmHg in the three hours after consuming the drink.