Drink cherry juice to lower high blood pressure

High blood pressure may be lowered by drinking cherry juice. The study found a seven percent reduction in blood pressure after participants consumed tart Montmorency cherry concentrate, in comparison to drinking a fruit-flavored beverage.

A growing problem worldwide, high blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and is associated with various complications including kidney damage and dementia. Ideal blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg, which often can be achieved through healthy lifestyle interventions.

For the study, the researchers looked at 15 participants with blood pressure readings of at least 130/90 mm Hg, which is an indicator of a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. The participants consumed either tart Montmorency cherry concentrate or a fruit-flavored beverage.

Blood pressure and blood samples were taken prior to the juice consumption and then every hour after consumption. Cardiovascular screening tests were taken on a regular basis during the overnight hours.

Those who consumed the cherry juice saw blood pressure reduction of seven mm Hg after three hours of consumption. Those with higher blood pressure readings saw the greatest reductions.

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