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Gazpacho Soup May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Gazpacho soup is a common dish in the increasingly popular Mediterranean Diet. This cold tomato soup is packed full of polyphenols, carotenes, and vitamin C. A recent study suggests that it may lower blood pressure in hypertensive adults.

The study included 3,995 adults with a mean age of 67, 81% of whom had been diagnosed as hypertensive. The researchers collected info on blood pressure, weight, diet, and physical activity.

The researchers found that those with moderate gazpacho consumption were associated with 1.9 mmHg lower systolic and 1.5 mmHg lower diastolic readings. Those with high gazpacho consumption were associated with 2.6 mmHg lower systolic and 1.9 mmHg lower diastolic readings. Systolic readings are the top number and diastolic readings are the bottom number in a blood pressure measurement.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Pharmacy School at the University of Barcelona in Spain. It was published online ahead of print on November 10, 2012, in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases.

Gazpacho is a common part of the Mediterranean diet, which is typical of people who live in the European countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. The diet is rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains and healthy oils.

Previous research has shown that the Mediterranean diet may improve heart health, lower the risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, asthma, lower rates of obesity and even decrease the overall risk of mortality.

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