ISLAMABAD (APP) – Drinking cherry juice can reduce high blood pressure to a level comparable to that achieved by medication, particularly in males with early hypertension, a study says.

High blood pressure, if left untreated, increases the risk of heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, stroke or dementia.The findings showed that men who drank tart Montmorency cherry juice saw a peak reduction in their blood pressure of seven millimeters of mercury (mmHg) in the three hours after consuming the drink, Health news reported.

This reduction is comparable to the level achieved by anti-hypertensive drugs, researchers said.When phenolic acids, protocatechuic and vanillic compounds present within the cherry concentrate reached their peak levels in the plasma, systolic blood pressure showed greatest improvement.

Raised blood pressure is the leading cause of deaths from heart diseases, yet relatively small reductions in blood pressure can have a large impact on mortality rates.