FRUIT JUICE LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
A health and fitness consultant, Dr Bisi Abiola, has said that fruit juice could reduce the risk of high blood pressure, if taken regularly.
Abiola stated this during an event recently held in Lagos.
The fitness coach said that drinking a glass of fruit juice would give an individual the opportunity to get at least eight per cent of daily potassium, which neutralises sodium and helps to lower blood pressure.
Aware that many hypertensive individuals resort to medication, Abiola added, “Medication is not the only way to control high BP, otherwise known as hypertension. Lifestyle and diet also play an important role in managing such a health challenge”.
She said, “When healthy, reasonably overweight men drink orange juice daily for four weeks and their diastolic BP goes down, the researchers who were searching for hesperidin’s role concluded that the bioflavonoid was probably linked to the beneficial effects. Another study confirmed that regular consumption of hesperidin helps to prevent hypertension.”
“A number of reputable authors have concluded that 100 per cent fruit juice, or whole fruit, is not significantly associated with increased risk of hypertension or diabetes. Evidence indicates a modest but consistent reduction in blood pressure with 100 per cent fruit juice,” she said.
@ Punch Newspaper