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Can tomato juice improve your blood pressure?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • In a recent study, participants with high blood pressure who consumed an average of just under a cup of tomato juice per day had significant decreases in both their systolic and diastolic blood pressure
  • In one study, subjects with the highest levels of lycopene in their blood had a 55% less likelihood of having any type of stroke compared to those with the lowest amounts
  • Tomatoes contain other beneficial antioxidants, including alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), alpha carotene and beta-carotene, but in lower concentrations than lycopene
  • Studies show people with the lowest lycopene levels have a higher increased risk for atherosclerosis, aka acute plaque buildup, including atherosclerosis in the carotid arteries leading to the brain detectable by ultrasound
  • Lycopene captures reactive oxygen species (ROS) to prevent fats, proteins and DNA strand damage, which cause aging and higher disease risks

In answer to the question of whether drinking tomato juice has a positive influence on your blood pressure level, the answer is a resounding "yes," based in part on a recent, yearlong clinical study in Japan involving 481 men and women.

The study, published in Food Science & Nutrition, involved participants, aged between 21 and 74 years, who were supplied with as much unsalted tomato juice as they wanted (consuming an average of just under a cup of tomato juice per day) after being screened for such cardiovascular risk factors as blood pressure, glucose tolerance and their serum lipid profiles.

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