High blood pressure: The breakfast drink that lowers hypertension after a 'single' cup

High blood pressure describes the force of blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels. Although your pressure fluctuates throughout the day, consistently high blood pressure causes the walls to harden and constrict. This forces the heart to work harder to pump blood around the body. Over time, this can hike your risk of having a heart attack.

The compound has been linked to reductions in blood pressure in several studies.

For the study, participants received 500 mL/day of control drink, orange juice, or hesperidin-enriched orange juice for 12 weeks.

The researchers found a “single” dose (500 mL) of hesperidin-enriched orange juice reduced systolic blood pressure, with “greater changes after sustained treatment”.

What’s systolic blood pressure?

Blood pressure is recorded with two numbers. The systolic pressure (higher number) is the force at which your heart pumps blood around your body.

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The diastolic pressure (lower number) is the resistance to the blood flow in the blood vessels.

They’re both measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg).

“As a general guide, high blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or higher (or 150/90mmHg or higher if you’re over the age of 80),” explains the NHS.

The health body continues: “Ideal blood pressure is usually considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg.”

Getting this done is easy and could save your life.

You can get your blood pressure tested at a number of places, including:

  • At your GP surgery
  • At some pharmacies
  • As part of your NHS Health Check
  • In some workplaces.

You can also check your blood pressure yourself with a home blood pressure monitor.

Like 24-hour or ambulatory monitoring, this can give a better reflection of your blood pressure.

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