How to live longer: The red drink that ‘significantly’ improves blood pressure

On average, systolic blood pressure was reduced by 1.52mmHg whereas diastolic blood pressure was reduced by 1.78mmHg.

The researchers concluded that cranberry juice “might contribute to an improvement in blood pressure”, with more research warranted on the subject matter.

Blood pressure readings

Blood Pressure UK elaborated on what the numbers mean in a blood pressure reading.

Systolic blood pressure is the “first, or top, number. This is the highest level your blood pressure reaches when your heart beats, forcing blood around your body”.

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As for diastolic blood pressure, this is “the second number, or bottom number. [It’s] the lowest level your blood pressure reaches as your heart relaxes between beats.”

Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg), and the ideal blood pressure reading is between 90/60mmHg up to 120/80mmHg.

Any reading between 120/80mmHg up to 140/90mmHg is considered “pre-high blood pressure”.

Such a reading is a warning sign that you could go on to develop high blood pressure, so adhering to a healthier lifestyle is recommended.

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