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Tart Cherry Juice Shown to Help Blood Pressure Within Hours of Drinking

Maintaining healthy blood pressure is an important component of cardiovascular health. A recent study suggests that drinking a single serving of Montmorency tart cherry juice can offer immediate blood pressure benefits.

Participants in the study included 15 men with early hypertension. Half of the men were given 60 mL of Montmorency tart cherry juice while the other half was given a placebo. The researchers measured blood pressure, microvascular reactivity, arterial stiffness, and phenolic acid absorption at baseline, one, two, three, five, and eight hours after the men took the drink. This was followed by a 14-day washout period, after which the men switched interventions.

The researchers noted an average 7 mmHg reduction in systolic blood pressure in the Montmorency tart cherry juice group three hours after consuming the drink. This is comparable to the amount that prescription blood pressure medication lowers blood pressure.

Researchers from Northumbria University in England conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on May 4, 2016, in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Previous studies have found links between tart cherries and reducing inflammation, easing the symptoms of gout, a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.

The best way to consume tart cherries is in a juice but be sure the tart cherry juice you consume is tested for potency and hasn’t been watered down.

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