Cranberry juice is known to prevent urinary tract infection, but a new study reveals it can also help lower blood pressure, according to a feature on Beforeitsnews.com.
In a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it was found that drinking low-calorie cranberry juice may benefit the heart by reducing blood pressure.
The study observed 56 participants that were, for eight weeks, placed on either a controlled diet or a placebo beverage. Participants under the controlled diet consumed low-calorie cranberry juice, while placebo beverage included matching color, flavor, calories, sugar, and vitamin C. Prior the study, blood pressure of the participants was measured, and again in the middle and following the study.
The findings show that those who consumed low-calorie cranberry juice displayed significant reduction in their blood pressure — a drop from 121/73mmhg to an average of 118/70mmhg. Meanwhile, no change had been observed on those in the placebo group.
Janet Novotny, lead researcher of the study, said cranberry juice is rich in antioxidants which in other studies have been associated with lower blood pressure.
“Cranberry juice is rich in phenolic compounds, whether sweetened with sugar or with an artificial sweetener, therefore I would expect regular cranberry juice and low calorie cranberry juice to convey similar health benefits,” she said.