Cranberry Juice Could Lower Your Blood Pressure
A study presented at the American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions suggests that drinking low-calorie cranberry juice may help lower blood pressure.
Participants included 56 adults who were given either low-calorie cranberry juice or a placebo for eight weeks. At the end of the study, the researchers noted an average drop in blood pressure from 121/73 to 118/70 in the juice group, while no change was observed in the placebo group.
The study was conducted by researchers at the US Department of Agriculture.
Cranberries have anti-microbial properties and anti-carcinogenic properties and are packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and antioxidants. They have been shown to provide a lengthy list of health benefits including improved urological health, protection against heart disease, cancer and inflammatory diseases. They also have been linked with lower plaque formation on teeth and improved cholesterol levels.
Cranberries have a sour taste, so people usually drink cranberry juice with added sugar. However the added sugar can be detrimental to overall health, so it is best to stick with a low-calorie version.