FSN: tomato juice without salt helps reduce blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol

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Drinking unsalted tomato juice is useful for protecting against the development of atherosclerosis and heart problems, scientists admit.

Tomato juice without salt helps reduce high blood pressure and the level of “bad” cholesterol, – the magazine Food Science & Nutrition (FSN). Conclusions about the benefits of such a drink were made by scientists from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Medical and Dental University of Tokyo. Their volunteers, a group of nearly 500 men and women of various ages, actively drank tomato juice without salt for a year, giving researchers blood samples for testing.

Scientists stated that in volunteers who had prehypertension (slightly elevated blood pressure) before the experiment, drinking tomato juice resulted in a decrease in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure (it was four and three points, respectively). Tomato juice also turned out to be an effective means of reducing the level of LDL cholesterol, which is also called “bad” – its excess contributes to the formation of plaques in the cavities of blood vessels, impairing the passage of blood and promoting the development of atherosclerosis.

Assessing the results of the observations, the researchers noted that Unsalted tomato juice can be used as a natural remedy to prevent heart disease. According to scientists, high blood pressure and the accumulation of “bad” cholesterol, which the drink counters, are key factors in coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. The benefits of tomato juice for the cardiovascular system are explained by the total effect of the biologically active compounds it contains, such as carotenoids, vitamins A, C, K, calcium, potassium, folic and gamma-aminobutyric acid

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