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Study: Cranberry Juice Lowers Blood Pressure

Monday, 24 Sep 2012 01:22 PM


Here’s some sweet health news for cranberry lovers: New research has found regularly drinking low-calorie juice made from the tart fruit may help get your blood pressure under control.
The study, presented recently at a meeting of the American Heart Association on new blood pressure research, suggests the effects of drinking low-calorie cranberry juice may be comparable to switching to a low-salt diet.
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For the study, U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers compared the blood pressure of 56 people who drank either low-calorie juice or a placebo drink every day for eight weeks as part of a controlled diet. Blood pressure was measured at the beginning, mid-point and end of the study.
At the end of the study, which was funded by cranberry giant Ocean Spray, blood pressure levels had significantly dropped from an average of 121/73 mmHg to 118/70 mmHg for those drinking the low-calorie cranberry juice. The placebo group showed no change.
Researchers note that cranberry juice is rich in antioxidants – naturally occurring substances in fruit, wine, tea, and other foods – which have been linked lower blood pressure and other health benefits in other studies.



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