But according to the latest research, there may be an easy way to keep those blood pressure numbers in line – without the dizzying side effects and risks that come with prescription drugs.
And the best part? It’s delicious!
A new UK study that people who drank about two ounces of juice made from the tart Montmorency cherry saw their systolic blood pressure (better known as the “top number” in your blood pressure reading) lowered by 7 per cent in just three hours.
While a 7 per cent drop may seem like peanuts, it’s about as much as any drug can lower your blood pressure. And, over time, it can be enough to lessen stroke risk by 38 per cent and heart disease risk by 23 per cent.
And if your blood pressure is very high, a 7 per cent reduction can make a world of difference.
This study was small, but the results are encouraging enough to warrant future studies – and to urge you to have another talk with your doc about the blood pressure drugs he has you taking.
In many cases, you don’t need them at all.
As I’ve shared with you before, I take issue with what mainstream medicine considers “high” in the first place.
You might even be experiencing a phenomenon called “white coat hypertension,” which means that just BEING in the doctor’s office and having that cuff strapped to your arm may be making your blood pressure spike higher than it normally is.
Tart cherries work to promote healthy blood pressure (without the hazards that come with prescription drugs). Plus, they’re loaded with artery-protecting phenolic acids, which work to lessen artery stiffness that can lead to heart disease.
The benefits of tart cherries don’t stop there. Their anti-inflammatory properties help fight gout flare-ups… they’re high in vitamin A, potassium and fibre…and they contain melatonin, which is proven to help you sleep.
Now, we’re not talking cherry pie, Cherry Coke, or cherry-flavoured hard candy. The study used tart cherry juice concentrate – which you can find pretty easily online.
You can also pick up tart cherry as a supplement in capsule form at your local health food store.
Drinking Cherry Juice Can be Just as Good as High Blood Pressure Medication, parentherald.com/articles/41675/20160506/drinking-cherry-juice-good-high-blood-pressure-medication.htm
Effects of Montmorency tart cherry (Prunus Cerasus L.) consumption on vascular function in men with early hypertension, ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2016/05/04/ajcn.115.123869.full.pdf
Drinking Cherry Juice Could Lower High Blood Pressure as Effectively as Medication, Study, huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/cherry-juice-reduces-high-blood-pressure_uk_572b101fe4b0e6da49a5bcf1