Could Tart Cherries Help Control Blood Pressure?

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If you suffer with high blood pressure you probably take your fair share of ACE inhibitors and diuretic drugs on a regular basis… It’s also likely that you’ve experienced some of the side effects associated with these drugs, including dizziness, headaches, drowsiness and weakness… and then there is also the increased risk of dementia and stroke.

If you’d like to avoid these nasty side effects, you’re going to like what I’m about to tell you.

A spoonful of cherry juice…

A new study found that people who drank about two ounces of cherry juice saw their systolic blood pressure (that’s your “top number” in your blood pressure reading) lowered by 7 per cent in just three hours.

Now a 7 per cent drop in your blood pressure reading may seem like nothing, but trust me it’s about as much as any drug can lower your blood pressure. And, over time, it could be enough to lessen stroke risk by 38 per cent and heart disease risk by 23 per cent.

In addition, if you suffer with very high blood pressure, a 7 per cent reduction can make a world of difference.

Even though this study was small, the results are still very encouraging and will hopefully prompt future studies to further investigate the potential of using cherry juice as a blood pressure aid.

But before you run to the supermarket to buy the first bottle of cherry juice you can lay your hands on, this study was conducted with a specific kind of cherry juice: Montmorency tart cherry juice.

Montmorency cherries in particular are loaded with artery-protecting phenolic acids, which work to lessen artery stiffness that could lead to heart disease. Their anti-inflammatory properties help fight gout flare-ups… they’re high in vitamin A, potassium and fibre… and they contain melatonin, which is proven to help you sleep.

So, while further larger studies still need to confirm the blood pressure benefits of cherries, there are many other reasons why you should incorporate cherries or cherry juice. You can also pick up tart cherry as a supplement in capsule form at your natural health food store.


Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

Sources:

Drinking Cherry Juice Can be Just as Good as High Blood Pressure Medication, parentherald.com/articles/41675/20160506/drinking-cherry-juice-good-high-blood-pressure-medication.htm

Effects of Montmorency tart cherry (Prunus Cerasus L.) consumption on vascular function in men with early hypertension, ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2016/05/04/ajcn.115.123869.full.pdf

Drinking Cherry Juice Could Lower High Blood Pressure as Effectively as Medication, Study, huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/cherry-juice-reduces-high-blood-pressure_uk_572b101fe4b0e6da49a5bcf1

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