Experts advise daily tomato juices to help lower blood pressure
Health experts advise sipping on tomato juice which has been shown to help lower blood pressure.
When it comes to the best fruit and vegetables to consume for blood pressure, new research has shown the positive effects of tomato juice.
Tomato juice was found to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol in people at risk of heart disease.
The 481 Japanese participants in the study were provided with as much unsalted tomato juice as they wanted for a whole year.
They kept "tomato juice diaries" in which they recorded exactly how much they consumed each day, in addition to any health changes they noticed.
Blood pressure dropped by 3% on average in 94 participants with untreated pre-hypertension or hypertension, according to the findings published in the journal Food Science and Nutrition.
The beneficial effects were similar among men, women and different age groups, the research team from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University found.
Other recent studies have reported similar results among people suffering with stage one hypertension and for pregnant woman.
To avoid unnecessary sodium, which can have the opposite effect on blood pressure, experts advise to make sure to buy unsalted tomato juice.