The juice that is as effective as blood pressure medication

When we think about reducing blood pressure, we don’t immediately think cherries…but we should. New research has shown the benefits

When we think about reducing blood pressure, we don’t immediately think cherries…but we should. New research has shown the benefits of drinking tart cherry juice for hypertension.

According to a study from Northumbria University, Newcastle, drinking tart Montmorency cherry juice significantly reduces high blood pressure at a level comparable to that achieved by medication.

The findings, which were published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition this week, found that men with early signs of hypertension saw a 7 per cent reduction in blood pressure after drinking Montmorency cherry concentrate when compared to drinking a fruit-flavoured cordial.

Researchers from Northumbria University’s Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation studied 15 participants that had blood pressure readings of at least 130/90 mmHg, meaning they were at higher risk of experiencing hypertension and heart disease.

Participants were told the study was investigating the effect of a fruit juice on their heart and were given either 60ml of a Montmorency cherry concentrate or the same amount of a fruit-flavoured cordial.

Blood pressure and blood samples were taken before the subjects drank the cherry concentrate and blood pressure was measured every hour. Over the following eight hours, blood samples and a series of other cardiovascular screening tests were taken again on a regular basis.

The researchers found that the participants who were given the cherry concentrate saw a great reduction in their blood pressure in the three hours after consuming the drink.

Past studies have shown that a reduction of between 5-6 mmHg over a sustained period has been associated with a 38 per cent reduced risk of stroke and 23 per cent reduced risk of coronary heart disease, reports Science Daily.

What was more impressive was those participants with the highest blood pressure levels saw the most benefit from the cherry drink.

Lead author and Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Karen Keane, explained: “The majority of cardiovascular disease is caused by risk factors that can be controlled, treated or modified, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, tobacco use, lack of physical activity and diabetes. Raised blood pressure is the leading cause of deaths from cardiovascular disease, yet relatively small reductions in blood pressure can have a large impact on mortality rates.

“The magnitude of the blood pressure lowering effects we observed was comparable to those achieved by a single anti-hypertensive drug and highlights the potential importance that Montmorency cherries could have in the effective management of high blood pressure”.

Prof. Glyn Howatson, research leader and Professor in Human and Applied Physiology, added: “This is the first study to investigate the acute effects of Montmorency tart cherry consumption on blood pressure, arterial stiffness and microvascular vasodilation in males with early hypertension. This exciting set of data complements a growing body of research to show that eating the right sorts of foods can provide potential health benefits.

“We believe these benefits might be linked to the combined actions of some of the plant compounds within the Montmorency concentrate and the positive impact they exert on vascular function”.

Tell us, will you try cherry juice?

Editor’s note: Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your dosage or medication. This is information only.

  1. Hans  

    Most fruit juices will give the same results because of vitamin C. Levels of Vit.C are not the same in all fruits, hence the results may alter. Vitamin C is necessary for the production of collagen, which repairs venal and arterial walls and prevents calcification.
    High blood pressure is the result of an allergic reaction. The reaction begins in the amygdala, which triggers a neural response in the hypothalamus. The initial reaction is followed by activation of the pituitary gland and secretion of the hormone ACTH. The adrenal gland is activated almost simultaneously and releases the neurotransmitter epinephrine. The release of chemical messengers results in the production of the hormone cortisol, which increases blood pressure, blood sugar, and suppresses the immune system. Increased blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugars, and fats are necessary in order to supply the body with extra energy. (Wkipedia, Fight or flight response)

    • Tricia Roberts-Hay  

      Lot of ‘gooblegook’ reading for me!! I know that it works regardless!! Sour Cherry alone.. No change with any other fruit juices .. Sorry BUT Fact!!!!!

  2. Brenton  

    Where do I get it?

    • Tricia Roberts-Hay  

      I buy Sour Cherry juice in 1ltr bottles from my local IGA ($5.99) I enjoy the taste & it is a good thirst quencher.. I made the decision to stop taking BP med a few weeks ago..(before reading this article) Current readings are in the perfect ‘zone’ ..

  3. facebook_elda.quinton  

    I’ve never seen or heard of cherry juice

  4. Kevin  

    Pineapple juice is quite good too. Be careful drinking pineapple juice at the same time as taking blood pressure tablets, or it may work so well that you get dizzy from low blood pressure.
    Wish I had known about pineapple juice, bananas and hot showers sooner, it would have saved me a trip to the hospital emergency on a cold Sunday night with elevated blood pressure. The Doctor there monitored my blood pressure, gave me a banana, then checked again I was OK and sent me home. How does that work? Bananas contain good levels of potassium.
    Also be careful eating too many bananas though, they can interact with blood pressure tablets.

    Good BP
    My BP was excellent when I visited my Doctor one time and mentioned I just had a hot shower – he said that warmth draws the blood away to the skin and reduces blood pressure for a while.

    Beware of common foods and tablets
    If you have high blood pressure be wary on vitamins and foods. Even caffeine in drinks, also tablets like ginkgo and hayfever, headache and other tablets. All good for some people, but bad for blood pressure. Ginkyo for example, works by increasing blood circulation (Eleveted blood pressure)

  5. Penny  

    Another way to reduce your blood pressure is to cut out salt and eat a stick of celery every day. This certainly worked for me. Celery contains some chemical which reduces your blood pressure. I ”monitor” myself and know if my blood pressure is not right and do the above and drink plenty of water and this drops me back to normal for me again within hours.

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