High blood pressure is a common condition that affects more than a quarter of all adults in the UK.
It’s caused by eating an unhealthy diet, or by not doing exercise.
But you could lower your chances of the deadly condition - which is also known as hypertension - by making some simple diet swaps.
Drinking a daily glass of cherry juice may help to lower your blood pressure, scientists have claimed.
Many healthful foods—from dairy and olive oil to dark chocolate and beets—can help lower blood pressure at least modestly
University of California, Berkeley
Cherry juice could lower your blood pressure by as much 10mmHg, revealed the University of California, Berkeley.
The effect is believed to be caused by the juice’s antioxidants, which are known as flavonoids.
Flavonoids are a group of antioxidants that include anthocyanins and quercetin, and they’re also found in dark chocolate and some teas.
“Many healthful foods—from dairy and olive oil to dark chocolate and beets—can help lower blood pressure at least modestly,” said Berkeley.
Scientists from Northumbria University compared the blood pressure of men immediately after drinking cherry juice, and a simple fruit-flavoured drink.
“At the end of each two-week period, the researchers measured the men’s blood pressure repeatedly