Cherry Juice Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

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Cherry juice can lower your blood pressure. Juice from tart Montmorency cherries are as effective at lowering blood pressure as some hypertensive drugs, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Cherry juice lowers blood pressure

Sour cherries are a rich source of antioxidant polyphenols which improve arterial elasticity and promote blood vessel dilation. Drinking 60ml concentrated Montmorency cherry juice, diluted with 100ml water to make it palatable, was found to lower systolic blood pressure (the upper reading) by 7mmHg, compared with a similar tasting fruit-flavoured placebo.

The blood pressure lowering effect occurred within just one hour and persisted for at least 8 hours after drinking the cherry juice to produce a similar antihypertensive effect as thiazide diuretics (water tablets).

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Although the study was carried out in men with ‘early’ hypertension (blood pressure over 130/80 mmHg) similar results are expected to occur in women.

Eat fresh cherries as a snack – the darker, sourer ones offer the greatest benefits – and add them to yoghurt, muesli and fruit salads. They’re also great when added to fruit juices and smoothies.

For an on-going medicinal effect, drink Montmorency cherry juice, too. Just 60ml diluted with water, or added to other juices and smoothies is a great way to take your medicine. Cherry juice extracts are available in capsule form, too.

Cherries feature among my best 25 foods to eat to lower your blood pressure.

If your blood pressure is raised, self-monitoring is key to maintaining good control.

Click here for advice on choosing a blood pressure monitor to use at home.

See my recommended upper arm blood pressure monitors.




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About DrSarahBrewer

Dr Sarah Brewer qualified from Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. After working in general practice, she gained a master's degree in nutritional medicine from the University of Surrey. Sarah is a licensed Medical Doctor, a Registered Nutritionist and a Registered Nutritional Therapist. She is an award winning author of over 60 popular self-help books and a columnist for Prima magazine.



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10 thoughts on “Cherry Juice Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

  • Henry

    Wow, a lot of quality content here. That’s what my eyes love to see. Thank you for putting in all the effort to share this invaluable information with us! It can make a difference & save many lives.. I hope it does!

    So, we’re talking about natural remedies that serve as a good option to lower blood pressure? Since a lot of folks love cherry juice it seems like an universal choice to add it into our every day diet. I give it thumbs up, everything that makes our lives a little bit easier is welcome.
    But of course, I suspect, we’re talking about relieving the symptoms but not fighting against the actual root cause. Overall healthy nutrition & exercising regularly are still a must & will never go out of style. What do you think?

    Although, I believe this topic is intended for anyone who already got a serious medical condition & has no other way to go around it. But still, regardless who you are, every little bit helps, right? In my opinion prevention is even more important than hoping for a cure when serious problem arrives.
    Thank you again for sharing, your site is worth bookmarking. I’ll be back for more. Stay healthy!

    • DrSarahBrewer

      Thanks Henry. Diet, lifestyle, exercise and meds are all important but hopefully the judicious use of foods and supplements can reduce the need for high doses of medication which can be associated with side effects.

  • Lynne

    Oh wow, thank you. I had no idea that cherry juice could lower blood pressure.
    The best thing is that it is all natural, I’ve got to let my mom know so she can stock up on some to keep my dad on track physically. He sometimes has slightly high blood pressure and I know this tip will make my mom very happy.

  • Tim

    You have so much great information on this site and it’s impressive how many books you have written.

    It’s great to see that research has been carried out to prove the beneficial effects of cherry juice on lowering blood pressure. The best part, apart from tasting good, is that it doesn’t have all the nasty and potentially dangerous side effects of the drugs used to lower blood pressure. A great beneficial ‘side-effect’ that tart cherry juice does have is to improve the quality of sleep, which itself is very healing.

    • DrSarahBrewer Post author

      Thanks Tim. You’re right, Montmorency cherries contain substanes that boost melatonin production – nature’s sleep hormone – so it can improve sleep, too. I aim to focus as much as possible on evidence-based natural solutions!

  • Steve

    Dr Sarah,

    Thank you for this article, I did not know anything about Montmorency cherry juice. This seems like an easy thing to incorporate in my diet. Lower blood pressure is crucial and this looks like one great way to do that . I will look into incorporating this today! I really like your site and will check back often.

    Thanks, Steve

  • Jas J

    Although I am not a huge fan of cherries, this is still indeed some resourceful material. I will have to suck it up, for my health sake, and eat these sour things. Ha. However, wonderful read. Very resourceful.