Five Simple Methods to Lower Blood Pressure by 1 Great Fruit

Have you had your lycopene today? If you have eaten a green salad with fresh chopped tomatoes, then you not only got a healthy dose of this powerful antioxidant, but you have also taken meaningful action toward decreasing your blood pressure. A recent double-blind study conducted in Israel has proved what hearth-healthy Italians have enjoyed for centuries – tomatoes (and tomato sauce) lower blood pressure and the risk of heart disease.

The Israeli study was led up by Dr Esther Paran, head of the hypertension division of Soroka Medical Center. It comprised patients who were already being treated for hypertension but were not responding well to the remedies. Dr Paran had patients take an addition of tomato extract. The results were a notable drop in blood pressure after just four weeks.

Tomatoes are so potent at reducing blood pressure; as they contain lycopene. This powerful antioxidant is even the focus of some hybrid plants grown by the Israeli company, Lycomato, to have higher concentrations of lycopene in each piece of fruit. Other antioxidants found in tomatoes make this one super-food in the prevention of heart disorder. It can even help keep LDL cholesterol from oxidising which makes it stick to the arteries and narrow the passageway causing blood pressure to increase.

Even during the peak growing season, it can be tough to consume four whole tomatoes each day, which is the recommended amount for having a positive impact on blood pressure. Here are some methods to get the benefits of tomatoes without having to eat them straight off the vine.

1. Make Chilli. Using tomato puree, which is a concentrated form of tomatoes, as the base for your chilli utilises the antioxidants without the bulk of a whole tomato. Add some ultra-lean and high protein ground bison and kidney beans with minced garlic and onions, and cayenne pepper and you have a heart-healthy main course and a full day’s allowance of tomato.

2. Since using olive oil with the tomatoes improves the curative quality, make your pasta sauce red with tomatoes, tomato paste and olive oil to sauté the garlic and onion. Tomato paste used in making sauce contains more than ten times the nutrients of a single tomato.

3. Have a fresh salad as a side dish to either of these entrees and cut one whole tomato on top. You’ll get one-quarter of your tomato intake right there.

4. Drink tomato juice. It is better to make your fresh juice so that you can master the sodium. Store bought juices can be high in sugar and sodium-based preservatives. If you have a juicer, you can make some incredible veggie juices to suit your tastes by adding carrots, celery and some low-sodium seasonings.

5. Take a tomato addition. If you just can’t stomach vegetables, then a 200 mg supplement contributes the equivalent of more than the recommended four tomatoes.

Adding tomatoes to your diet can decrease systolic blood pressure by ten points and diastolic pressure by four points as was apparent in the Israel study. Whatever way you slice it, tomatoes will keep strengthening your immune system and reduce your blood pressure.

Copyright 2006 Frank Mangano