Hypertension: THIS breakfast drink can lower high blood pressure after just one cup

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Experts discovered that a single dose of a specific fruit juice lowered systolic blood pressure ready with more changes post regular treatment.   | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspiStock Images

Key Highlights

  • Hypertension or high blood pressure refers to a state wherein the force of blood pushing against artery walls is too high.
  • For this study, patients were given 500 mililitres of orange juice or hesperidin-enriched fruit juice for a 12 week period.
  • Blood pressure is recorded in two numbers – systolic (the higher number) and diastolic (lower number).

New Delhi: Hypertension or high blood pressure refers to a state wherein the force of blood pushing against artery walls is too high. Hypertension is not fatal a condition in itself, however, it can trigger long-term or chronic diseases of the heart like coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease or a heart attack and cardiac arrest in some cases. Often known as a silent killer, hypertension comes with no prominent symptoms. However, according to a new study, a popular breakfast drink can help lower high blood pressure in just one cup. Keep reading to find out what it is.

The breakfast drink that works wonders like a pro

Summer season or winter, a breakfast table has tea, coffee and fresh fruit juice without fail, and as it turns out, there is a particular variety that has been proved effective for hypertension management. According to a study published in the SpringerLink journal, orange juice has been shown to lower high blood pressure in just one cup.

The study aimed at assessing the effect of orange juice with natural hesperidin content and hesperidin-enriched fruit juice on BP. Hesperidin is a plant-based compound in citrus fruits. Several studies have linked it to lower blood pressure reading.

For this study, patients were given 500 mililitres of orange juice or hesperidin-enriched fruit juice for a 12 week period. Experts discovered that a single dose of the same lowered systolic blood pressure ready with more changes post regular treatment.

Blood pressure reading – Systolic and diastolic

Blood pressure is recorded in two numbers – systolic (the higher number) and diastolic (lower number). While systolic measures force at which blood is pumped inside your body, diastolic refers to the resistance to blood flow in vessels. When blood pressure reading reaches the 140/9mmHg mark and crosses it, is it known as high blood pressure. For patients above 80 years of age, 150/90mmHg is known as hypertension. Ideal blood pressure reading is between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg.

Diet tips for healthier blood pressure reading

For those trying to maintain healthy blood pressure with their diet, the following tips are recommended:

  1. Quit smoking
  2. Avoid alcohol intake
  3. Salmon
  4. Berries
  5. Beans
  6. Lentils
  7. Nuts
  8. Pumpkin seeds
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Carrots
  11. Broccoli
  12. Green yoghurt
  13. Spinach
  14. Chia seeds
  15. Flaxseeds
  16. Regular workouts – moderate to high intensity – can also help with better management of hypertension.

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Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.