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Three Drinks to Lower Blood Pressure

By Caroline H. Gottesman, "Three Cheers for Better Blood Pressure," May/June 2010

What you can add to your diet for lower blood pressure.


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3. Cranberry Juice

At your next celebration, raise a glass of…cranberry juice? Turns out, cranberry juice has the same blood pressure–lowering effects as red wine, according to a 2010 study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. (The study was partially funded by Ocean Spray.) Both beverages—as well as apple juice and cocoa—boast antioxidants called proanthocyanidins, which inhibit synthesis of a compound called ET-1 that plays a role in constricting blood vessels.



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