People with hypertension often need a lot of medications to control their blood pressure. But now, a new study has found that drinking tart Montmorency cherry juice can ratchet it down too and maybe even eliminate the need for pills.
The research from Northumbria University, Newcastle found that men with early signs of hypertension saw a 7 percent reduction in blood pressure after drinking Montmorency cherry concentrate when compared to drinking a fruit-flavoured cordial.
This reduction is comparable to the level achieved by anti-hypertensive medication.Researchers worked with fifteen participants who were displaying early hypertension with blood pressure readings of at least 130/90 mmHg, meaning they were at higher risk of experiencing cardiovascular related problems.
They 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.