HIGH blood pressure can be caused by a high salt diet and little exercise.
There are few symptoms for the condition, meaning most people don’t realise they have it, but it can have serious consequences.
High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke in later life, which can reduce life expectancy.
Reductions in blood pressure can be achieved by making changes to lifestyle, such as adding new foods or exercising more regularly.
Tropical pomegranate juice may be one way to reduce your blood pressure, American medicinal website Healthline has claimed.
“Pomegranates are a healthy fruit that you can enjoy raw or as a juice.
“One study concluded that drinking a cup of pomegranate juice once a day for four weeks helps lower blood pressure over the short term.”
The 2012 study, involved over 50 healthy adults drinking pomegranate juice daily, which resulted in a fall in their blood pressure.
“We conclude that pomegranate juice supplementation has benefits for blood pressure n the short term,” wrote the authors in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition.
A 2017 literature review, published in the journal of Pharmacological Research, also found the tropical juice had a positive effect on blood pressure.
“The present analysis suggests consistent benefits of pomegranate juice consumption on blood pressure,” wrote the study authors.
“This evidence suggests it may be prudent to include this fruit juice in a heart-healthy diet.”
Writing on mylowerbloodpressure.com, Dr Sarah Brewer said pomegranates can help lower blood pressure.
“They are one of the best dietary sources of antioxidant polyphenols, including a unique form known as punicalagin,” she said.
Referencing a study she wrote, “drinking as little as 50ml pomegranate juice twice per day reduced systolic blood pressure by five per cent by blocking the activity of an enzyme”.
High blood pressure can easily be diagnosed by a test through a GP, where a reading is taken in both arms.
The condition is diagnosed when systolic blood pressure, the pressure when your heart contracts, is over 140 mmHg, and diastolic blood pressure, the pressure the your heart relaxes between beats, is over 90 mmHg.
The condition has few symptoms, meaning many people don’t get it diagnosed immediately.