Published February 28, 2019
A health and fitness consultant, Dr Bisi Abiola, has said that fruit juice could reduce the risk of high blood pressure , if taken regularly .
Abiola stated this during an event recently held in Lagos .
The fitness coach said that drinking a glass of fruit juice would give an individual the opportunity to get at least eight per cent of daily potassium , which neutralises sodium and helps to lower blood pressure .
She said , “The overall amount of sodium and potassium in your diet affects your blood pressure . Sodium makes it go up , while potassium offsets sodium and helps to lower it. Research has shown that consuming more potassium reduces BP in people with hypertension . Most of us only get about half of the recommended dietary allowance for potassium . ”
Aware that many hypertensive individuals resort to medication , Abiola added , “ Medication is not the only way to control high BP , otherwise known as hypertension . Lifestyle and diet also play an important role in managing such a health challenge” .
According to her , fruit juice produces bioflavonoids , such as hesperidin which functions as an antioxidant and can help to lower cholesterol .
She said , “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 .”
Abiola also described Vitamin B folate from fruit juice as useful in preventing hypertension . In her view, individuals who consumed folate from their early adult age were at a lower risk for high blood pressure later in life .
“ A number of reputable authors have concluded that 100 per cent fruit juice, or whole fruit, is not significantly associated with increased risk of hypertension or diabetes . Evidence indicates a modest but consistent reduction in blood pressure with 100 per cent fruit juice,” she said .
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