Fruit juice can lower BP, says expert
Health and fitness consultant, Dr. Bisi Abiola, has said taking fruit juice can reduce high blood pressure (BP).
She stated this during the monthly healthy living dialogue sponsored by Chi Limited.
The fitness coach added that drinking a glass of fruit juice gives one the opportunity to get at least eight per cent of daily potassium, which neutralises sodium and helps to lower BP.
“The overall amount of sodium and potassium in your diet affects your BP. Sodium makes it go up while potassium offsets sodium and helps to lower BP. Researches have shown that consuming more potassium reduces BP in people with hypertension; and this has huge benefit for consumers as long as they do not suffer from kidney disease.
“Most of us only get about half of the recommended dietary allowance for potassium. What many people do not know is that taking a glass of orange juice allows you to get at least eight per cent of your daily potassium,” she stressed.
While many hypertensive individuals resort to medication, Abiola stated: “Medication is not the only way to control high BP, also known as hypertension. Lifestyle and diet also play an important role in managing such a health challenge.”
According to her, fruit juices from trustworthy brands produce bioflavonoids, such as hesperidin, which functions as an antioxidant and can help to lower cholesterol. “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,” she said.
Abiola also reiterated that B vitamin folate from fruit juice also helps to prevent hypertension. Individuals who consumed folate from their early adult age are at a lower risk of high BP later in life, she said.