Cherry juice is one of the most effective natural remedies for high blood pressure. Juice from tart Montmorency cherries are as effective at lowering blood pressure as some hypertensive drugs. The study, which showed that cherry juice can lower systolic blood pressure (higher reading) by an average of 7mmHg, was 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).
Although the study was carried out in men with ‘early’ hypertension (high 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.
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