High blood pressure is a risk for just about everyone, since blood pressure tend to rise as we get older. For most middle-aged women, normal is 120/80; if the top number ranges from 120 to 139, and the lower number is 80 to 80, then you have a condition called prehypertension, a warning sign for high blood pressure.
Hypertension (or high blood pressure) can lead to a series of serious conditions, including heart failure, heart attacks, stroke, and even dementia. Sometimes people can lower their blood pressure through eating less salty foods and exercise; other times they need medications like beta blockers and diuretics.
Now researchers at the Northumbria University have a found a tastier way to lower those numbers: tart cherry juice. Researchers studied the effects of a particular type of cherry Montmorency tart cherry on a group of men with early hypertension. They discovered that drinking just two ounces (or about 1/4 of a cup) of Montmorency cherry concentrate lowered blood pressure by 7 percent--or as well as hypertension meds--after just three hours. Even more amazing, the cherry juice worked more effectively the higher the person's blood pressure.
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This isn't the first time these tart cherries have been studied. Previous studies have linked the fruit with lowering the risk of stroke and helping people sleep better. And you can get the juice just about anywhere, from Amazon to Walmart's. So talk to your doctor about adding a shot of cherry juice to your morning routine if your blood pressure readings are starting to creep up.
via Science Daily
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